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The Newton Boys (1998)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ma Newton
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Jena Karam ...
Orphan Singer
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Casey McAuliffe ...
Orphan Singer
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Brentwood Glasscock
Charles Gunning ...
Slim
Regina Mae Matthews ...
Orphan Fiddler
Becket Gremmels ...
Lewis
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Waiter
Glynn Williams ...
Farmer Williams
Charles 'Chip' Bray ...
Bank Teller
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Storyline

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. Four Criminals. For The Money... They Would Stop At Nothing. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

27 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Newton fiúk  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,010,245 (USA) (27 March 1998)

Gross:

$10,297,897 (USA) (15 May 1998)
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Trivia

Matthew McConaughey is from Uvalde, Texas as was the real Willis Newton, the character he plays in the movie. See more »

Goofs

After the armoured car robbery, when the boys stop the car and fight about why it had gone so badly, a modern day wheelchair-access drop-down curb is seen. During the 20s, no such curb would have existed. They would have been straight across. See more »

Quotes

Dock Newton: You ain't any less of a drunk now than you was when hooch was legal.
Jess Newton: Well, you see, there's my point. That particular law ain't really doin' it's job, now is it?
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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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