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The Newton Boys (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 March 1998 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ma Newton
Jena Karam ...
Orphan Singer
Casey McAuliffe ...
Orphan Singer
Brentwood Glasscock
Charles Gunning ...
Regina Mae Matthews ...
Orphan Fiddler
Becket Gremmels ...
Glynn Williams ...
Farmer Williams
Charles 'Chip' Bray ...
Bank Teller


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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History is about to catch up with America's most successful bank robbers. 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


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While on location for this project, Dwight Yoakam wrote the songs he used for the album "The Long Way Home". See more »


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 »


Willis Newton: I guess you're right, brother Jess. We Newtons ain't cut out for the wrong side of the law.
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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 »


Barrelhouse Drag
Written and Performed by Carl Sonny Leyland
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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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