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

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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

When Willis is in jail talking to the investigator, Aldrich, Aldrich leans over to whisper something to him. In the first shot, taken from behind Willis, Aldrich is speaking into Willis's right ear. The scene immediately cuts to a different angle, taken from behind Aldrich, and Aldrich is now speaking into Willis's left ear. See more »

Quotes

Dock Newton: Where the hell were you, you yellow bastard? You didn't fire a shot!
Brentwood Glasscock: I'm not supposed to fire a shot! YOU'RE not supposed to fire a shot! We're supposed to be BACKUP Willis!
Jess Newton: You back up any further you'd be in Chicago!
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Opening credits play the way they would in a film made durring the silent and early sound period (1920-1940). See more »

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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Man Blues
Written by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
Performed by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band
Produced by Bob Erdos
Courtesy of Stomp Off Records, York, PA
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lacks intensity
18 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1919 Texas. After three years of incarceration for stealing, Willis Newton (Matthew McConaughey) gets into robbing banks and recruits his brothers Joe (Skeet Ulrich) and Jess (Ethan Hawke) into the business. Joe is reluctant, wanting clean living. Brentwood Glasscock (Dwight Yoakam) is the explosive expert. They are joined by escape convict brother Dock (Vincent D'Onofrio). Willis takes a liking to single mom Louise Brown (Julianna Margulies).

Director Richard Linklater is trying his hand at a different genre. He doesn't bring any intensity or edginess. It feels a bit lightweight. He's able to up his visual game but it's not good enough. It's almost a throwback to an earlier film era but it doesn't have the drama. These actors are all individually good. This could be a great movie if Linklater gets a darker edge.


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