A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. On the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she's never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.Written by
20th Century Fox was originally going to make this film through its Fox 2000 label, but after the Walt Disney Company closed its purchase of the film studio in March 2019, Fox 2000 was retired by Disney, and would only proceed with Fox-produced films already in production. Universal Studios subsequently bought the film rights to this project. See more »
See all those words printed in a line one after the other? Put 'em all together and you have a story.
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It may not be as fast-paced as the usual Paul Greengrass thriller, but 'News of the World' is still a gripping adventure, built around characters that audiences will care about. It is a robust, beautifully shot drama, and while little unexpected transpires, the characters are so richly drawn and their travels so wonderfully realized. Tom Hanks is as expected, a warm and welcome presence that holds the whole film together. His co-star, Helena Zengel, is amazingly good. Their organic chemistry is the heart of 'News of the World.'
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