The Newton Boys Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for The Newton Boys the Movie

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Fact-based drama chronicling the careers and love lives of the bank robbing Newton brothers, who robbed their way from Texas to Toronto during the '20s and '30s. They lived and worked by a romantic credo: no killing, stealing from women or children, and no ratting each other out. McConaughey and Ulrich lead the group as Willis and Joe, respectively, and both prove likeable gangsters. Hawke and D'Onfrio do their best in less developed roles. Highlight is the great train robbery, which garnered the outlaws $3 million and eventually landed the boys in court. Though well-acted with interesting material, Linklater's departure lacks precise angle, which keeps the story from really humming. Stealing the show is the real-life footage of a 1980 "Tonight Show" where Johnny Carson interviews the personable Joe.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 122 minutes.

Cast and Crew

True Crime, Trains, True Stories, Period Piece: 1920s, Chicago, Brothers & Sisters, Canada, Toronto, Director/Star Teams: Linklater & Hawke
Claude Stanush, Clark Lee Walker
Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Julianna Margulies, Dwight Yoakam, Gail Cronauer, Chloe Webb, Charles Gunning, Becket Gremmels, Richard Jones
Peter James
Richard Linklater
Edward D. Barnes
Anne Walker-McBay, John Sloss, 20th Century-Fox

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