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The Newton Boys
The Newton Boys
Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'onofrio, Gail Cronauer
Director: Richard Linklater
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts
PG-13     2002     1hr 53min

It seems the only way "The Newton Boys" can make good is by goin' bad! Faster than you can say "nitroglycerin," they've knocked over more than 80 banks from Texas to Canada. Now their sights are set on a multimillion-dolla...  more »


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Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'onofrio, Gail Cronauer
Director: Richard Linklater
Creators: Richard Linklater, Anne Walker-McBay, Clark Walker, John Sloss, Keith Fletcher, Claude Stanush
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Artists, Classic Rock
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/21/2002
Original Release Date: 03/27/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 03/27/1998
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Larry N. from BEALETON, VA
Reviewed on 10/27/2015...
Good movie! Comedy, drama, and crime all wrapped up into one movie. Based on a true story, this movie seems to do a pretty good job of sticking to the basic real story, set in the early 1920's, of a gang of mostly brothers that become the most notorious and successful bank robbers in history. Don't miss the credits because there is footage of the real Joe Newton on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Willis Newton in a separate candid interview.
Jen H. from ROUND ROCK, TX
Reviewed on 11/29/2007...
Really entertaining. You'll like it.

Movie Reviews

Get Off My Leg!
Edwardian Book Cellar | Western NY State | 03/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What is wrong with you people? This movie is hysterical. Vincent D'Onofrio (the great under-appreciated character vet) and Ethan Hawke are the best, you have to see the ad-libs and particularly the scene where they rob the moneybags in Toronto. D'Onofrio gets tackled and Hawke ends up dragging around a man on his ankle like a little kid on hanging on their mother. Ok, I'll watch anything with Vincent D'Onofrio, but the movie is still great besides the fact that he, my favorite actor, is in it. The movie is telling the true story, like it says in the opening ...DUH..., so why are you expecting soapy dramatizations and sex scenes when it's about them robbing banks and how they did it? I could watch it again and again, unlike most of these hyped-up garbage movies coming out of Hollywood now. See it or you're missing a piece of history!"
Good Film Overlooked By Most
M. Gray | Justin, TX USA | 03/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this in the theater and thought it was great, but no one else I knew had seen it. Then I saw it on DVD and bought it quickly. It was just as good as I remembered. This is a "gangster" movie without gangsters. No one gets killed or tortured graphically. It's a real life story of depression era brothers trying to get some cash and having some adventures along the way. I think Hawke puts in one of his best performances ever. Dwight Yoakam also contributes some good acting, especially when compared to his fabulous "Sling Blade" villan. The only flaw is the length. The movie drags a little after a while, but it still manages to make you care enough about the characters to see it through to the end. The final credits featuring Willis and Joe Newton at the end of their lives make the film worth owning. It's one of the most clever ways to make the credits worth watching I've seen. Give this movie a chance. It's well acted and is aesthetically pleasing to watch. Plus it's really low cost!"
Worth your time ? DEFINITELY!!!!
M. Gray | 06/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the type of film that you don't see everyday. Four real-life bankrobbers who happen to be brothers, their safe-cracking accomplice and lots of gunfire, but no deaths. This is entertainment at its best. This is also a very different step for director, Richard Linklater whose other credits include DAZED AND CONFUSED, SLACKER, and SUBURBIA. Allof which were relatively low-budget but true to life. There has been much said about this movie and the "lack of plot" , but this is where you remember that this is a true story and none of Linklater's other films had plots either. The film moves along at a nice leisurely pace giving you a chance to learn about and like the characters. As far as performances go, there isn't a bad one in the bunch. (the cast is outstanding) There is plenty of action to satisfy all of the DIE HARD fans out there and when the action is toned down, it is fun to watch the poor old farmboys plan their next big heist. It has to be said that, of all the performances, Dwight Yoakam, playing a very different role than his Doyle in SLING BLADE, is the best. If you're looking for a night of action and good old fashioned, downhome characters, give it a try. It is suitable for the whole family and it is definitely worth owning. SO, forget renting. Go buy it on DVD. Now!!!"