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Newsies (1992)



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A failed effort to revive the big-budget movie musical, Newsies attempted to create toe-tapping, song-and-dance excitement out of the true story of an 1899 strike by newspaper boys against publishing magnate Joseph Pulitzer. The "newsies" band together to protest a pay cut by Pulitzer (Robert Duvall), organizing a union to protect their rights and ensure fair wages. They are helped along the way by Medda (Ann-Margret), a local dance-hall performer who befriends the boys and provides an opportunity for an additional song or two. Director Kenny Ortega had previously choreographed Dirty Dancing, and composer Alan Menken had provided the acclaimed scores for Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop of Horrors, but their work here failed to capture the spark of their popular successes. Unable to connect with older or younger viewers, Newsies gained a reputation as a major bomb that cut short an attempt to bring back the live-action musical, though in the intervening years it has gained a small but appreciative cult.

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as Joseph Pulitzer
Max Casella
as Racetrack
Trey Parker
as Kid Blink
Gabriel Damon
as Spot Conlon
Matthew Fields
as Snipeshooter
David Sidoni
as Pie Eater
Kevin Stea
as Swifty
Ele Keats
as Sarah Jacobs
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Mayer Jacobs
Deborra-Lee Furness
as Esther Jacobs
Marc Lawrence
as Kloppman
Jo Ann Harris
as Patrick's Mother
Gregg Kent-Smith
as Toby the Candy Butcher
David James Alexander
as Teddy Roosevelt
Shon Greenblatt
as Oscar Delancey
David Sheinkopf
as Morris Delancey
William Boyett
as Judge Movealong Monahan
Ryan MacDonald
as Mayor Van Wyck
Frank Girardeau
as Chief of Police Devery
Shay Duffin
as Captain McSwain
Terry Kohl
as Bailiff
Greg E. Russell
as Newsies Dancer
Frank Novak
as Policeman
Ogie Banks III
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Daxon Calloway
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Scott Caudill
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D.J. Dellos
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Dak Eubanks
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Terry Lindholm
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Alan Luzietti
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Kevin McCasland
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James Earl Miller
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Craig Raclawski
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Michael Rohrbacher
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Gregg Russell
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Joshua Wiener
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Jesus Fuentes
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Tony Gonzales
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Robert Jaquez
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Larry Jones
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Kevin Kruger
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David Larson
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Travis Payne
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Jim Raposa
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Damon Butler
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Christopher Bonomo
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Bret Dieball
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Critic Reviews for Newsies

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (16)

It's extremely earnest and more than a little corny, but there's an innocence about it that makes it kinda irresistible.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Certain movies engage your affections so strongly that, even if they start to fall apart, you tend to keep rooting for them. That's pretty much the case with Newsies.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A Disney musical with an undistinguished score, fair to middling choreography, and clunky direction that still manages to be entertaining in spots because of its story.

May 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Bale and Menken are literally what make the movie sing.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite Newsies' many flaws, it's bracing to see Disney attempt a PG movie about something as meaty as labor relations. Would that every strike be resolved with so little bloodshed and so many songs.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Stop the presses! Newsies is the best live-action movie musical since Little Shop of Horrors.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Newsies


Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


An extremely odd and bizarre musical that still doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Why Christian Bale was in this is beyond me.

Nelson Pickens
Nelson Pickens

Super Reviewer

really the last good musical before a huge death period for musicals in hollywood. great dancing and fun.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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