The Newton Boys (1998)



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Movie Info

Richard Linklater's fifth feature is a major departure from his previous work -- his first big-budget picture, it's also the first of his films since his 1987 Super-8 effort "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" not set during his signature 24-hour time frame, offering instead a ravishing bankrobber period piece buoyed by a gentleness of spirit rare among movies of any genre. Its true story tells of the four Texas-born Newton brothers, who between 1919 and 1924 were the most … More

Rating: PG-13 (For violence including bloody aftermath of a shooting, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Linklater, Claude Stanush, Clark Lee Walker
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Willis Newton

as Joe Newton

as Jess Newton

as Dock Newton

as Avis Glasscock

as Louise Brown

as Brentwood Glasscock

as K.P. Aldrich

as Ma newton

as Orphan Singer

as Orphan Singer

as Orphan Fiddler

as Waiter

as Farmer Williams

as Crooked Banker

as Catherine

as Madeline

as Young Hotel Clerk

as Arthur Adams

as Night Guard

as Wagon Driver

as Omaha Detective

as Hotel Maid

as Old Usher

as Argosy Ballroom Sing...

as Flapper

as Bank Association Pre...

as Bank Messenger

as Bank Messenger

as Bank Messenger

as Barker

as William Fahy

as Old Brakeman

as Head Postal Clerk

as Postal Turkey

as Gangland Doctor

as Chicago Sergeant

as Chicago Detective

as Chief Schoemaker

as Mexican Cab Driver

as Frank Hamer

as District Attorney

as William Fahy
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Critic Reviews for The Newton Boys

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14)

A handsome production that nicely evokes the 1920s and a likeable cast headed by McConaughey can't compensate for a Western-gangster film that's too diffuse and lacks a discernibel POV to be dramatically engaging.

Full Review… | July 23, 2006
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Entertainment Weekly
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Globe and Mail
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Detroit News
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January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Like the Newtons themselves, the film never goes for the kill.

Full Review… | December 27, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Newton Boys

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Gail Cronauer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jena Karam, Julianna Margulies, Casey McAuliffe, Dwight Yoakam

Director: Richard Linklater

Summary: Four Texan brothers (Vincent D'Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey and Skeet Ulrich) ignite a crime spree in the 1920s, robbing more than 200 banks across the nation -- without ever killing anyone. In a career highlight, the unexpectedly compassionate team pulls off the largest train robbery in U.S. history. Richard Linklater (School of Rock) directs this heist film, based on a true story, that focuses more on characters.

My Thoughts: "I hadn't planned on seeing this film, but the cast of the film changed my mind. Great cast of talented actors. They were really good together in this movie. Also it being based on a true story helped reel me in as well. I really enjoyed the movie. I was surprised by the lack of action, considering the film is based on bank robbing. But then again I enjoyed that they focused more on the character's. Gave you a chance to know them and to care for the character's. Might not be to everyone's liking, but it wasn't a waste of my time and I am glad I watched it."


Super Reviewer

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie turned out. To be honest, I'd never heard of it until a friend recommended it (based on a very old trailer on IMDb).

It came out during 1998, which saw both "Mask of Zorro" and "Armageddon", so maybe that's one reason for me never hearing about it. I think it was right before Matthew McConnaughey broke onto the scene.

Either way, I just plain enjoyed watching it...They show interviews from a couple of the real Newton Boys as the credits roll, which are pretty good. In particular, the interview on Johnny Carson is pretty funny.

This makes me even more excited for "Public Enemies", another bank-robbery movie...They even have a minor character in here who supposedly goes on to work with John Dillinger, the guy that movie will be focused on.

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

A good period movie with a really good cast but the movie starts to drag after a while.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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