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Newsies (1992)

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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Storyline

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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They Found The Courage To Challenge The Powerful! (DVD release) 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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Newsboys  »

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Box Office

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,819,485
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Trivia

Howard Ashman was originally going to write the song lyrics, but had to bow out due to A.I.D.S.-related complications. See more »

Goofs

The real 1899 New York newsboys' strike was a partial failure. Prices were not lowered, although before the strike, unsold papers were not refunded, whereas afterwards they were, See more »

Quotes

Crutchy: Jack, when I walk, does it look like I'm fakin' it?
Jack Kelly: Nah, Crutchy, who says ye'r fakin' it?
Crutchy: I don't know... It's just there's so many fake crips on the streets today, a real crip ain't got a chance. I gotta find me a new sellin' spot where they ain't used to seein' me!
Mush: [singing] Try Bottle Alley or da harbor.
Racetrack: [singing] Try Central Park, it's guaranteed.
Jack Kelly: [singing] Try any banker, bum, or barber.
Skittery: [singing] They almost all knows how to read.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the names of the cast are divided in three groups billed as such: The Newsies, Friends of the Newsies and The Opposing Forces. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

ONCE AND FOR ALL
Written by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Performed by the Newsies Ensemble and Bill Pullman, Christian Bale, David Moscow, and Ele Keats
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This is a movie that you can STAND UP AND CHEER about!
6 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

In 1992, Hollywood has all but lost the fine art of movie-musicals, then along came this film & PRESTO, Disney breathed NEW LIFE into the forgotten art. NEWSIES entertains on ALL levels. The songs are singable and catchy, the dancing is lively, the charactors are lovable, and the story is PURELY INSPIRATIONAL!!! This movie works so well on the screen, and could VERY EASILY work as a Broadway Stage Production, that's the feeling it carries. This movie is So MUCH FUN, and I don't feel ashamed for announcing that. This is a movie that you could STAND UP and CHEER about! Christian Bale delivers a powerful performance in acting, singing, AND dancing, and the rest of the boys are equally as talanted. Headlines don't sell papes, NEWSIES sell papes, and they SOLD ME on this film. NEWSIES DELIVERS!!!!


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