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The Newton Boys (1998)

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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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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

20th Century Fox

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Newton fiúk 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,297,897, 17 May 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew McConaughey plays the oldest of the 4 Newton brothers. In reality, Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays one of the brothers) is 10 years older than McConaughey. 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 »


Soundtracks

The Pearls
Written by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton (as Ferdinand Joseph 'Jellyroll' Morton)
Performed by The Jim Cullum Jazz Band
Produced by Bob Erdos
Courtesy of Stomp Off Records, York, PA
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Gathering cool cash beats pickin' cotton.
25 September 2004 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

History is history and Hollywood is well...Hollywood. This is a fact-based drama that chronicles the exploits of the bank robbing Newton brothers(Matthew McConaughey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ethan Hawke and Skeet Ulrich)who robbed over eight banks from Texas to Toronto in the 20's and 30's. Along with them a friend(Dwight Yoakam)who knew his way with nitro.This makes for exciting explosions on screen with clouds of money to go with gunshot blasts and whining getaway cars. The prolonged career in crime is capped off with a three million dollar mail train heist outside Chicago. This finally landed the boys in a court room and behind bars. By all means don't walk out on the closing credits for you get to find out what happened to each of the principle players. Also in the cast are: Julianna Margulies, Charles Gunning, Chloe Webb and Casey McAuliffe. There is the claim that the Newton boys never killed a soul during their robbing the bigger thieves...the banks.


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