A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

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July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack "Cowboy" Kelly (Christian Bale) organizes a newsboys' strike. With David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful. Written by Kaitlin Dwyer Rankins

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A Thousand Voices. A Single Dream. See more »


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Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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10 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,819,485 (USA)
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Trivia

Most of the newsies depicted in the film are based on real people from the strike such as Spot Conlon, Racetrack Higgins, Kid Blink. Jack Kelly, however, is a fabrication, though he may have been based on the real Kid Blink, who was accused of being bribed by Pulitzer to end the strike. David is most probably based on Morris Cohen, the other leader of the strike. See more »

Goofs

When David tries to give back Jack's papers, he offers him less than half his stack. However, Jack bought him 50 papers, whereas David bought only 20 papers. See more »

Quotes

Jack Kelly: Got no brains. Why we starting to fight each other? Its just what the big shots wanna see. That we're street trash, street rats with no brains. No respect for nothin' including ourselfs. So heres how it is if we don't act together then we nothin'. if we don't stick together we nothin'. And if we can't even trust each other, then we nothin'. So whats it gunna be?
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Crazy Credits

Right before the credits begin rolling, a boy with a newspaper jumps up and the shot freezes on him. At the end of the credits the shot unfreezes and he falls down and rolls on the ground. See more »

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Referenced in 2 Broke Girls: And the Soft Opening (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

THE WORLD WILL KNOW (REPRISE)
Written by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Performed by the Newsies Ensemble with additional background vocals
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Excellent Movie
5 August 2004 | by (ontario, canada) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie for people of all ages. It has historical information presented in a fun, and exciting way that keeps viewers entertained throughout. It is a brilliant musical filled with catchy tunes by Academy Award Winner Alan Menken, that wrote songs for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, that keep you humming and singing even after the movie is over. Great dialogue between characters and fantastic dance sequences. The Newsies is filled with a incredibly talented cast, including Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Gabriel Damon, Max Casella, Aaron Lohr, Ann-Margaret, David Moscow, and much more. Overall, a very entertaining movie, highly recommended for everyone!!!


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