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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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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. Eighty banks. One hell of a good time. 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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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

Willis Newton: Welcome to Omaha, boys!
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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 »

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Features Greed (1924) 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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16 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of the Newton gang, the most successful bank robbers in history, thanks to their good planning and minimal violence.

Although I am more well-versed than the average person on organized crime and the gangster era, I confess I had not heard of the Newton Gang prior to watching this film. This may be because they were from Texas, which falls outside of traditional history... but either way, this is a hole that needs rectifying.

The film is excellent. Apparently reviews were mixed and it did not do very well, today considered one of Richard Linklater's failures. That is a shame, because it has a solid cast (even a rarely-seen Skeet Ulrich) and a fun, adventurous plot. Hopefully following the Oscar buzz with "Boyhood" (2014), people will go back and revisit some of Linklarer's work. It is not all amazing, but most of it is worth checking out.


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