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The Newton Boys (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 March 1998 (USA)
The story of the Newton gang, the most successful bank robbers in history, owing to their good planning and minimal violence.

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Ma Newton
Jena Karam ...
Orphan Singer
Casey McAuliffe ...
Orphan Singer
Regina Mae Matthews ...
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Charles Gunning ...
Slim
Glynn Williams ...
Farmer Williams
Charles 'Chip' Bray ...
Bank Teller
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Avis Glasscock
Gary Moody ...
Crooked Banker
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Four Newton brothers are a poor farmer family in the 1920s. The oldest of them, Willis, one day realizes that there's no future in the fields and offers his brothers to become a bank robbers. Soon the family agrees. They become very famous robbers, and five years later execute the greatest train robbery in American history. Written by Anonymous

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Four brothers. Eighty banks. One hell of a good time. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence including bloody aftermath of a shooting, and for language | See all certifications »

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27 March 1998 (USA)  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,010,245 (USA) (29 March 1998)

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$10,297,897 (USA) (17 May 1998)
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The oil rig tool pusher that Matthew McConaughey's character Willis Newton punches in the face, is actually McConaugheys older brother, Rooster McConaughey. See more »

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The end credits feature footage from the real Joe Newton's appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Episode #19.165. On-screen text incorrectly identifies the date of this appearance as January 20, 1980, when the correct date was actually November 20, 1980. See more »

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Willis Newton: Insurance companies. See, all the banks is insured now, and that's who takes the loss. And hell, they're the biggest crooks of 'em all. We are just little thieves stealing from the big thieves, that's all.
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This is the True Story of the Most Successful Bank Robbers in the History of The United States See more »


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Take the 'A' Train
Written by Billy Strayhorn
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Big time crooks settle in small time Uvalde, TX.
11 February 2002 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

What makes "The Newton Boys" so interesting is that it is based on a predominantly true story. Lead by Willis Newton (Matthew McConaughey, a Texan) who had big dreams of drilling for oil in the boom years after WW I, the 4 brothers used explosives to crack open safes all over the USA and Canada and robbed the banks. Willis' rationale, "We're helping to keep insurance companies in business. If there are no bank robberies then there will be no need for insurance." For reasons I don't understand at all, round safes cannot be opened like rectangular safes, so they eventually had to resort to train robbery. They were eventually caught, tried, and convicted. After serving a little time (max. 5 years) most of them retired to Uvalde, Texas, a small town west of San Antonio and in the "texas Hill Country" so popular with motorcyclists. Most of them lived long lives and died in Uvalde.

Julianna Margolies was excellent as Willis' love interest. They eveidently stayed together into old age, even though they never married.

Pretty good film.


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