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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.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Claude Stanush (based on the book by), Richard Linklater (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Willis Newton
Skeet Ulrich ... Joe Newton
Ethan Hawke ... Jess Newton
Gail Cronauer ... Ma Newton
Jena Karam Jena Karam ... Orphan Singer
Casey McAuliffe Casey McAuliffe ... Orphan Singer
Regina Mae Matthews Regina Mae Matthews ... Orphan Fiddler
Lew Temple ... Waiter
Dwight Yoakam ... Brentwood Glasscock
Charles Gunning Charles Gunning ... Slim
Glynn Williams Glynn Williams ... Farmer Williams
Charles 'Chip' Bray Charles 'Chip' Bray ... Bank Teller
Chloe Webb ... Avis Glasscock
Gary Moody Gary Moody ... Crooked Banker
Julianna Margulies ... Louise Brown
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

The end credits feature footage from the real Joe Newton's appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Episode #18.29. On-screen text incorrectly identifies the date of this appearance as January 20, 1980, when the correct date was actually November 20, 1980. See more »

Quotes

Jess Newton: This is a hell of a way to make a livin' ain't it?
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Crazy Credits

Opening statement: This is the True Story of the Most Successful Bank Robbers in the History of The United States See more »

Connections

References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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Tremendous cast, good, but not great, historical narrative
15 August 2003 | by elainew32See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Newton Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Martindale, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,010,245, 29 March 1998

Gross USA:

$10,452,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,452,012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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