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The Newton Boys -- The true-life chronicle of the Newton Boys, four brothers who arguably were the most prolific bank robbers in American history.
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Matthew McConaughey ... Willis Newton

Skeet Ulrich ... Joe Newton

Ethan Hawke ... Jess Newton

Gail Cronauer ... Ma Newton

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Dock Newton
Jena Karam ... Orphan Singer

Julianna Margulies ... Louise Brown
Casey McAuliffe ... Orphan Singer

Dwight Yoakam ... Brentwood Glasscock
Charles Gunning ... Slim
Regina Mae Matthews ... Orphan Fiddler
Becket Gremmels ... Lewis

Lew Temple ... Waiter
Glynn Williams ... Farmer Williams
Charles 'Chip' Bray ... Bank Teller

Chloe Webb ... Avis Glasscock
Gary Moody ... Crooked Banker
Robert Iannaccone ... Tailor
Jennifer Miriam ... Catherine

Anne Stedman ... Madeline
Marjorie Carroll ... Old Woman
Katie Gratson ... Young Hotel Clerk
Angie Chase ... Kat
Lynn Mathis ... Arthur Adams
Ed Dollison ... Night Guard
Boots Southerland ... Wagon Driver

Bo Hopkins ... K.P. Aldrich
Tommy Townsend ... Omaha Detective
Mary Love ... Hotel Maid
Zeke Mills ... Old Usher (as A.G. Zeke Mills)
Abra Moore ... Argosy Ballroom Singer

Lori Heuring ... Flapper

Joe Stevens ... Bank Association President

Eddie Matthews ... Bank Messenger
Scott Roland ... Bank Messenger (Steve)

Jeff Schwan ... Bank Messenger (as J.P. Schwan)
Rooster McConaughey ... Tool Pusher
Bo Franks ... Barker
Ali Nazary ... Thug
Ron De Roxtra ... Murray

David Jensen ... William Fahy
Brad Arrington ... Hobo

Richard Andrew Jones ... Engineer (as Richard A. Jones)
Randy Stripling ... Fireman
Harold Suggs ... Old Brakeman

Chamblee Ferguson ... Head Postal Clerk
F.W. Post ... Postal Turkey

Grant James ... Gangland Doctor
Mark Fickert ... Chicago Sergeant
Kerry Tartack ... Chicago Detective

Luke Askew ... Chief Schoemaker
Blue McDonnell ... Nurse
Eduardo Cavazos Garza ... Mexican Cab Driver

Ken Farmer ... Frank Hamer

Danny Kamin ... District Attorney (as Daniel T. Kamin)
Ross Sears ... Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Willis Newton ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Burns ... Farmer (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sean Corrigan ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Rebecca Davis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sallie Guy ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Lance Henry ... Louise Brown's Hotel Customer (uncredited)

K. Todd Lytle ... Toronto Bank Clerk (uncredited)

Hallie Martin ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Scarlett McAlister ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Joe McDuffie ... Omaha Detective #2 (uncredited)
Christopher Meister ... Courthouse Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Newton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

King Orba ... Railroad Hobo (uncredited)

Gavin Perry ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Vincent James Prendergast ... Kid in Movie Theater (uncredited)
Bobby Shue ... Theater Attendant (uncredited)
Jenny Starnes ... Secretary (uncredited)
Amber Lea Voiles ... Joe Newton's Date (uncredited)
Tom Weirich ... Policeman (uncredited)

Tara Wood ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Linklater 
Writing credits
Claude Stanush (book)

Richard Linklater (screenplay) &
Claude Stanush (screenplay) &
Clark Walker (screenplay) (as Clark Lee Walker)

Produced by
Keith Fletcher .... associate producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Clark Walker .... co-producer (as Clark Lee Walker)
Anne Walker-McBay .... producer
Original Music by
Edward D. Barnes 
Cinematography by
Peter James (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sandra Adair 
Casting by
Don Phillips 
Production Design by
Catherine Hardwicke 
Art Direction by
Andrea Dopaso 
John Frick 
Randy Moore 
Set Decoration by
Jeanette Scott 
Costume Design by
Shelley Komarov 
Makeup Department
Catherine Conrad .... hair stylist
Bridget Cook .... key hair stylist
Candi Duke .... makeup artist
Melissa Forney .... hair stylist
Shashana Kaplan .... assistant makeup artist
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
Barbara Olvera .... background hair supervisor
Stephen B. Robinson .... assistant makeup artist
Janet Tallent-Dickson .... additional makeup artist
Patty York .... key makeup artist
Erin Doyle .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Scott .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Trey Batchelor .... second assistant director
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Fred Lerner .... second unit director
Art Department
Annilee Ballentine .... set decorator's assistant (as Annilee Ballentine Ramirez)
Chris Barnes .... lead painter
Jonn Cherico .... graphic designer
Tom Christopher .... set dresser
Kevin Cross .... assistant art director
Matthew D. Egan .... foreman
Ramona Fabregas .... scenic artist
Ken Gaston-Kilgore .... greensman labor
David Hack .... lead man
Archie Hankins .... carpenter
Mark Hanks .... set dresser
Robyn B. Holmes .... buyer
Randy Huke .... buyer
Steven B. Melton .... property master
Todd Morris .... set dresser
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
King Orba .... first assistant props (as Mark Wallace)
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Shane Patrick .... set dresser
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator
Adele Plauche .... set designer
Raymond Prado .... storyboard artist
Lee Ross .... on-set scenic
Charles Seale .... carpenter
Kerri Smeltzer .... set decorating assistant
John L. Sullivan .... propmaker gangboss
Steven C. Voll .... general foreman
Phillip Williams .... labor foreman
Terry Wright .... set dresser
Randy Severs .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Phil Benson .... supervising dialogue editor
Karen Brocco .... supervising assistant sound editor (as Karen A. Brocco)
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Frank E. Eulner .... sound editor
Eric Friend .... foley editor
Sarah Gaines .... apprentice sound editor
Stan Ginsel .... sound transfer
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
C. Reed Hart .... sound editorial
Douglas Hinton .... film-to-HDTV sound editor
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Pat Jackson .... sound supervisor
Conor Mackey .... apprentice sound editor
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley re-recordist
Larry Oatfield .... sound effects editor (as E. Larry Oatfield)
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary A. Rizzo)
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
Marcie Romano .... assistant dialogue editor
Susan Sanford .... sound effects editor
Larry Schalit .... adr editor
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Dianna Stirpe .... adr editor
Dianna Stirpe .... dialogue editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Jennifer L. Ware .... sound effects editor
Steve Romanko .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert Brown .... special effects technician
John McLeod .... special effects coordinator
Frank W. Tarantino .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World Digital
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Brett Northcutt .... digital matte artist
Paul Rivera .... digital composite supervisor: Mate World Digital
Morgan Trotter .... CG artist
Steve Blalock .... stunts
Tim Buchanan .... stunts
Richard Bucher .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts (as Vincent Deadrick Jr.)
J. Mark Donaldson .... stunts
Lance Haynes .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Clint Lilley .... stunts
Eddie Matthews .... stunts
Norman Mull .... stunts
Lonnie Nelson .... stunts
Mark Norby .... stunts
James Pratt .... stunts (as Jim Pratt)
Scott Roland .... stunts
David Sanders .... stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
Boots Southerland .... stunt performer
Fred Waugh .... stunts (as Fred M. Waugh)
Wally Welch .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Beau Wilson .... stunts
Richard Bucher .... stunt double: Ethan Hawke/Skeet Ulrich (uncredited)
Mark Norby .... stunt double: Matthew McConaughey (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Crowley .... best boy
Ian Ellis .... additional first assistant camera
Kory Funk .... set lighting technician
Brian Gunter .... gaffer
Greg Lomas .... grip
Duane Manwiller .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
P.K. Munson .... second assistant camera
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Donis Rhoden .... best boy grip
Erich Roland .... director of photography: second unit
Peter D. Roome .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Wally Rowell .... electrician
Mike Sheeren .... best boy rigging grip
Jas Shelton .... electrician
Tim Travis .... electrician
Ralph Watson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Kory Funk .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amy Grappell .... local casting
Susan Jasso .... extras casting
Caitlin Maloney .... casting associate
Melanie Miller .... casting associate
Kira Burns .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena Balshem .... wardrobe assistant
Melanie Armstrong Fletcher .... key costumer: men
Lee Hunsaker .... set costumer
Valerie T. O'Brien .... key costumer
Ellen Ryba .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mark Coffey .... avid assistant editor
Cherie King .... apprentice editor
Eric A. Lewy .... first assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Nerissa Oden .... assistant editor
Elizabeth Peters .... editor: cinemaestro
Music Department
Keith Fletcher .... music supervisor
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Mark Rubin .... music supervisor
Steven Scott Smalley .... composer: additional music
Mike Knobloch .... music executive (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tracy Craytor .... gen. driver
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
Lonnie Nelson .... driver
Jack Prince .... driver
Bobby Sconci .... mechanic
Other crew
Troy Anderson .... production assistant
Colleen Arnaud .... payroll accountant
Mateo Barnstone .... assistant location manager
Roy Burger .... wrangler (as Ray Burger)
Lisa D. Carey .... payroll accountant
Anne Carr .... key construction medic
John C. Chaney .... personal assistant: Mr. McConaughey
Leighton Chapman .... assistant location manager
Angela Padilla Clark .... production assistant (as Angela N. Padilla)
Monica De Armond .... production secretary
Matt Dunstone .... detour staff assistant
Colin Edlund .... caterer
Robbie Friedmann .... location scout
Cody Haynes .... wrangler
Lance Haynes .... wrangler
Jonathan Hennessey .... production assistant
Sara Johnson .... additional production assistant
Laura King .... construction medic
Laura King .... unit medic
Sonya Lunsford .... first assistant accountant
Carla Nowlin .... intern
Carla Nowlin .... production assistant
Monika Petrillo .... script supervisor (as Monika von Manteuffel)
Thell Reed .... weapons specialist
Sonny Ritscher .... production accountant
Carl Rydlund .... midi transcriptor
Daniel Salas-Porras .... assistant production coordinator
Dallas Smalley .... head wrangler
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Raigen Thornton .... set paramedic
Michael Wardlow .... production assistant
Steve Wilburn .... researcher
Eric A. Williams .... location manager
Melinda Marroquin .... stand-in: female lead (uncredited)
Daniel Ramos .... location scout (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for violence including bloody aftermath of a shooting, and for language
113 min | 123 min (Extended Edition)
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While on location for this project, Dwight Yoakam wrote the songs he used for the album "The Long Way Home".See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Title Card:This is the True Story of the Most Successful Bank Robbers in the History of the United States.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Linklater's surprising but not altogether successful step into genre, 12 June 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

I watched this on DVD because it was recommended by Jonathan Rosenbaum on his ten-best list for the year, and the cast interested me, especially D'Onofrio and Skeet Ulrich. This confirms my admiration of the under-seen Ulrich, who's the doubting, conscience-stricken brother. His uneasiness stands out against the tedious good-old-boy jollity of the others. That shtick is a little too easy to do, and I don't think it gets the Twenties quite right, really. Rosenbaum is a great film critic but his end of the year recommendations are not always to be trusted, which makes you wonder about how written-in-stone his 1000 films list is. He also said that since the expansive images were a big part of the pleasure of the movie he didn't know how good it would be on DVD.

Gosh, was it really so easy to rob a bank in those days? The way some of the robberies go makes it look like it was all a cinch, but surely they'd be scared sometimes because you still stood to go to jail for it, maybe for a good long time. Actually it was easy to robe banks with square-doored safes, and it isn't so hard to hold up a little bank today.

This is surprising from Linklater not only because of the step into genre, but because of his willingness to glorify and simplify his good-boy/bad-boy crew. Where are the tormented and confused guys of his stoner movies? Matthew McConaughey certainly does rise to the challenge with a spirited and enthusiastic performance, but all his moments are still clichés. Hawke similarly grins and giggles in a quite shallow way. His character is not well defined and D'Onofiro, arguably the best actor of the bunch, is wasted. Statistically the Newton bank robbers were remarkable, but Ebert may be right that they are less famous than Dillinger or Bonnie and Clyde because they were too "respectable," i.e., dull. The screenplay lacks an angle, other than the glib one of boys on a lark, which fails to convince, and even when things go wrong, lacks a tragic dimension.

The action is desultory, lacking a strong focus on character or action or any guiding principle. Hence comparison with 'Bonnie and Clyde,' or more dashing adventures in the same vein like 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' or 'The Sting,' simply isn't really possible. This isn't in the same league. It utterly pales in comparison to European robbery films like 'Rififi' or the recent 'Mesrine' gangster epic starring Vincent Cassel. Only the few moments with Dwight Yoakam as Brentwood Glasscock, the brothers' explosives expert, provide a welcome 'Rififi'-like hint of bank-robbing as a challenging activity requiring certain skills and techniques.

This is not to say you can't have fun watching. These young actors are in their physical prime, and that includes the ladies, notably the handsome-looking Julianna Margulies as McConaughey's girlfriend. The period flavor is sometimes ripe and tasty. The production is very good-looking, and there is some nice cinematography: a silhouetted image of the mail train the Newton brothers are about to rob is particularly cool. The whole cadre things are set in, including the jaunty music, is conventional, but it's undeniably fun. The movie's a little long, but the climactic later scenes are involving. But still, this is very far from Linklater at his best, and Rosenbaum ought to admit he erred in ranking it so high.

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