Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret, David Moscow
Director: Kenny Ortega
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Starring Academy Award(R)-winner Robert Duvall (Best Actor -- TENDER MERCIES, 1983) and screen favorite Ann-Margret, here's the true story of a courageous group of newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they team up to f... more »
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Sarah F. (keanupattinson) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Reviewed on 8/9/2009...
I loved this movie, I could watch it over and over and over again! The music i.e. the songs & even the dancing, is really pretty good for these young kids. It's definitely a movie about the underdogs, I just loved it. Christian Bale is my favorite part...and he's in the whole thing :)
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Sarah R. (SMR) from LIGONIER, PA
Reviewed on 9/26/2008...
i remember watching this movie in 5th grade music class! it was so awesome and all the girls loved christian bale back then. (umm i'm 24 now and i still love him) it has its corny moments, but the songs are great and it is just a feel-good, underdog kind of movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Juli P. (Carpe-DVD) from AURORA, IL
Reviewed on 8/15/2008...
Despite the bad review I see written here for "Newsies", it has been one of our family's all time favorite movie. The singing and dancing had us all ready to see it over and over when we first were able to find it on VHS (no easy feat at the time)and after I was able to purchase the soundtrack, we sang at the top of our lungs in the car until we all knew all the songs by heart. The story line is fun and interesting to follow, the kids are great in the movie and it has a great ending. I'd love to see our local school do this on stage. I have this on VHS and DVD but want another copy in case something happens to ours.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
From a straight, male reviewer! Wow!
Monty Moonlight | TX | 09/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the looks of it, I MAY be the only male reviewer posting positive for this movie, but of course I only read the first several reviews, not all 300 plus. I saw Newsies when it first came out in the movies. I believe it was a double feature, with Aladdin or something, can't remember which. I guess I was around 17. I've always been a loyal Disney fan, and I do love many musicals. This was an instant classic for me, sort of a male version of Annie, which came out a decade or so before, and is also excellent. And I seem to recall that Annie and Popeye, two faves of mine, sort of marked the end of live-action musicals. A real shame. Newsies proves that great musicals can still be made, but it also proves that it can take some time for most modern people to admit they like it. The story is about the 1899 strike of the New York paperboys. The central characters are Jack Kelly, a streetwise orphan played by Christian Bale(the main reason most females love this movie), and David Jacobs, a kid from a more stable, family lifestyle. Through the course of the strike they put on, the two boys become unlikely best friends, and with the other Newsies, learn about loyalty, friendship, and believing that they can work together to fight for a better life. The songs and music are beautiful. I'm particular about that stuff too. Don't trust professional reviewers like Leonard Maltin, whose reviews are inconsistent at best. Just when you think he's got good taste from reading one review, you lose all faith in him by reading another. Judge this movie for yourself. If you don't like musicals, don't bother. You have to love musicals to enjoy this even a little bit. And I don't mean just stuff like Oklahoma or Dr. Dolittle. If you loved Annie, this might be a good one for you. A little more adult than that, but not much. Don't expect to see many female characters though. Ann Margaret has a small part as one of the kids' few adult friends, and there's the character of David's sister, purely there to present a love interest for Christian Bale, just so someone would have a love interest. She's not spectacular, but she IS cute. Bill Pullman does a great job as a reporter trying to help the Newsies get some publicity. This was the first time I ever saw Bill since Space Balls, though I wasn't really keeping track of his career. I'm so glad to hear this will be on DVD soon. And I hope they release more of Disney's late 80's, early 90's stuff on DVD. Like Dick Tracy! A visual masterpiece! And my favorite movie of all time, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, is badly in need of a Special Edition DVD! Such a spectacular film and we didn't even get the movie trailer promised on the box! Anyway, as for Newsies, get the soundtrack too! Great music! I bought the soundtrack back when the movie came out! Unfortunately it was on tape. Gotta replace that with a CD too!"
Simply in the wrong place at the wrong time
firstname.lastname@example.org | Texas, USA | 08/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The world was not ready for a return to the days of the movie-musical when "Newsies" was released in 1992. A box-office flop, it has quickly risen to cult classic status with fans everywhere. Newsies is based on the true story of the New York newsboys' strike of 1899. Granted, Disney is guilty of "improving the truth a little", but doesn't any musical, where people break out in spontaneous song and dance, require one to put reality aside for a while? This film tells the tale of the newsies, led by tough, street-smart Jack Kelly (Christian Bale) and intelligent, reasonable David Jacobs (David Moscow), who form a union when Joseph Pulitzer (Robert Duvall) ups the price of newspapers from fifty to sixty cents a hundred. The street children - with names like Racetrack (Max Casella), a compulsive gambler who steals many scenes with his wisecracks - are aided by a newspaper reporter named Brian Denton (Bill Pullman). Together the unlikely company endures many troubles, including run-ins with the police and their leader's betrayal, throughout the strike. The actors are believable as poor orphans and runaways during the turn of the century, and one look at any of them shows that they've poured their heart and soul into this movie. The lack of depth in some characters - especially Sarah (Ele Keats) and Medda Larkson (Ann-Margret), roles that serve no discernable purpose other than sex appeal - is my only qualm with the film. Looking past that and the many continuity errors (some of which are actually quite amusing), this is a highly enjoyable movie for the entire family to share. Not a masterpiece, but plenty of entertainment!"
This movie is a MUST see, works for all ages! =D
Monty Moonlight | 06/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Newsies" is a very fun filled movie based on actual events of the newsboys strike. Its educational, but it does not lack in fun. The choreography amazes , and astounds me. The music is wonderfully put together and catchy. I find myself singing it throughout the day. The lead characters Jack Kelly played by Christian Bale, puts on an astounding performance (The ladies will fall for him quickly, I know I did) as the leader of the Newsie pack who first decides to go on strike, his friend David helps him by giving him the words to say to start it, and stands by his side to help fight for their rights. Its touching and it fills your heart with excitement and joy. Don't miss out on this wonderful musical. One of Disney's absolute BEST! I first saw it when I was 12, and I loved it then, and I LOVE it now! Go see it, You won't regret it."