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

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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?


The dress that Ele Keats (Sarah Jacobs) wears in the "High Times, Hard Times" number is an authentic 1899 dress. After every take, the costumer had to constantly sew up small holes because the dress was so old and delicate. See more »


When Jack is showing Les the pamphlet for Santa Fe, Les' candy is alternately in his mouth/hand between shots. See more »


David Jacobs: Why'd ya come back?
Jack Kelly: Well, I guess I can't be somethin' I ain't.
David Jacobs: What, a scab?
Jack Kelly: No, smart.
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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 New Girl: Kryptonite (2011) See more »


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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A Thousand Fans. One Great Film.
3 January 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

"Newsies" is one of the few Disney films that can be classified as 'great'. What makes it even more amazing is the fact that, although it's a Disney movie and based on actual events, it actually stays very close to what actually happened. (Who would've thought?) The movie has a very good script, great acting, and music that make even the biggest musical-hater tapping his/her feet. Add into this mix show-stopping choreography, humor, and some of the best actors and actresses you can find anywhere, and you will see why this movie has generated more fans than any other movie in history.

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