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Newsies (1992)

PG  |   |  Drama, Musical  |  10 April 1992 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trey Parker ...
Dominic Maldonado ...
Matthew Schoenfeld ...
Snipeshooter (as Matthew Fields)
Mark David ...
Ivan Dudynsky ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Newsboys  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$2,819,485 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Jack, Davey, and Les are being chased by Snyder, Les' lips don't move when he says, "All this for one sip of beer?" See more »


Racetrack: I say, that what Spot Conlon says, is what I say.
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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 »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw (1993) See more »


Written by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Performed by the Newsies Ensemble
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i absolutely love this movei!!
16 September 2002 | by (new jersey) – See all my reviews

apart from being a wonderful musical (which i've grown up watching so i can tell a good from a bad) it also has a wonderful story-line. the plot is so well thought of, it isn't every day when they make a musical about a strike that happened in 1899. i fell in love with this movie the first time i watched it. it's classical, and when you see it, you can't help but liking it. the dancing, acting, and singing is great. i don't know many teenagers who can dance and sing like that! evenn thought this movie was made 10 years ago and i don't remember it, it's starting to come back. my mom's friend called one day saying that her daughter loves this movie called newsies, and i said that i love it! i thought nobody knew about it, but i was wrong. how could you forget a great movie like this? if you haven't seen it, i gaurentee you 100% that you will probably end up liking it as much as i do.

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