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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


A Thousand Voices. A Single Dream. 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$2,819,485 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Most of the cast trained in dance and martial arts for ten weeks before filming commenced. See more »


During the rally scene, right before Jack runs out of Irving Hall with Kid Blink, Kid clearly isn't wearing his hat. Moments later, Jack and Blink are outside and Blink has his hat on perfect and tight. See more »


Jack Kelly: [singing] For a dreamer, night's the only time of day.
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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 »


Written by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Performed by Christian Bale and the Newsies Ensemble featuring Marty Belafsky and Arvie Lowe Jr.
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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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