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At Theaters: 3/27/1998 On Video: 8/18/1998
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 02 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 039808
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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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.

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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 entertainment.
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Matthew McConaughey (Lone Star)
Ethan Hawke (Great Expectations)
Vincent D'Onofrio (Men In Black)
Skeet Ulrich (Scream)
Producer: Anne Walker-McBay (SubUrbia)
Director: Richard Linklater (SubUrbia)
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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
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The Newton Boys illustrates that it's possible to make a film about gangsters and 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.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 176 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
Fairly High
75%%
13-19Teens (M)
20
Fairly High
95%%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Very High
97%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
High
93%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
Fairly High
96%%
30+Adults (M)
36
Fairly High
92%%
30+Adults (F)
43
High
93%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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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.

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