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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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Taglines:

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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2.35 : 1
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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

Brentwood and Joe watch Erich von Stroheim's Greed, in Canada, during what appears to be summer. Greed was not released until December of that year, and didn't see any wide release until late January of 1925. It's also doubtful that it would have made it to Canada any time before then. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits play the way they would in a film made durring the silent and early sound period (1920-1940). See more »

Connections

References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Guide Us to Thy Side
Written by John Sayles and Clark Walker
P.D. arranged by Erik Hokkanen & Mark Rubin
Performed by Jena Karam, Casey McAuliffe & Regina Mae Matthews
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Tremendous cast, good, but not great, historical narrative
15 August 2003 | by (Wausau, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

In a way, it seems like a waste to gather Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio for this movie, because they should've been able to do something great, although, if it weren't for them, it would have been boring. It is a straightforward assembly of the facts of the incredible run of 80 bank robberies by the Newton brothers. Then they go for the big one, a train robbery of Federal Reserve funds. It is entertaining, but I was most entertained during the running of the credits. Over to the left, they show clips of Joe Newton at about age 79, on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, interspersed with film clips of an interview with Willis Newton in his 80's, both giving their views of what it was like and how they felt about what they had done. After seeing Hollywood's version of their lives, it was interesting to see what they were like in old age.


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