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The true-life chronicle, set in the 1920s, of the Newton Boys,
four brothers who arguably were the most prolific bank robbers
in American history. Their crowning achievement, the $3 million
heist of a mail train, the biggest haul ever for such a robbery,
was also their downfall.
Drama - The Newton Boys is a moderately paced Western about real-life
bank robbers of the early 20th century. Fans of stars Matthew McConaughey,
Ethan Hawke and Skeet Ulrich may enjoy watching the attractive young
actors play likable rogues, while the subject matter may appeal to
history buffs or fans of the genre. The film isn't very action-packed
or fast-paced, however, and the character development is minimal. It
will probably be most appealing to those who don't expect either a big
shoot-'em-up or an in-depth drama, and can appreciate a fairly casual
PROFANITY: Moderately strong but extremely frequent SEX/NUDITY: Brief glimpse of bare male buttocks VIOLENCE: Blood during a gun fight, some fairly graphic DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent consumption of whisky and beer ACTION: Several explosions during bank robberies; gun fights COMEDY: Some amusing situations during robbery attempts
The Newton Boys illustrates that it's possible to make a film about
gunplay without an abundance of bloodshed, violence, and death. In fact,
for this account,
which depicts "the true story of the most successful bank robbers in the
history of the United
States," director Richard Linklater has consciously kept the tone playful.
That's not to say that
The Newton Boys doesn't have its grim moments, but Linklater limits
the shadows. The
result is a fast-paced, entertaining motion picture that replaces gritty
tension with a lightly-
dramatic character interaction that occasionally borders on straight comedy.
THE NEWTON BOYS is the true story of America's most successful
bank robbers. From l919 to 1924, they robbed over eighty banks
from Texas to Canada, capping their career with America's largest
train robbery, a three million dollar mail train heist outside
of Chicago. From a poor upbringing as cowboys and cotton farmers
the brothers brought their frontierborn "code of the
west" into the roaring twenties, considering themselves not
gunfighters, but "businessmen." True to their aims,
they never killed anyone in spite of the mayhem they caused, stealing
more money than Jesse James, Butch, Sundance, Bonnie and Clyde
and the Dalton brothers put together.