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The Newton Boys (1998)

Matthew McConaughey , Ethan Hawke , Richard Linklater  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gail Cronauer
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Writers: Richard Linklater, Clark Walker, Claude Stanush
  • Producers: Anne Walker-McBay, Clark Walker, John Sloss, Keith Fletcher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305364559
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Newton Boys" on IMDb

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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-dollar Federal Reserve train robbery, but the Feds are about to turn up the heat!

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The Newton Boys were the most successful bank robbers in the history of the United States. They never killed anyone, never snitched, and only robbed banks (just bigger thieves, in their opinion), until their final deal, which was a botched train robbery for $3 million. Engagingly played by Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio, the Boys don't have the kind of flaws of more brutal criminals that make for more volatile dramas. The film ambles along in a leisurely way to tell its story of the Newtons' bank-robbing career, with an ever-present air of reverent Americana. This may make some viewers impatient, and cause a glow in others. It seems like a departure for director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused)--a costumer to be sure, but Linklater's deliberately amiable pace perfectly balances the Boys' personalities. You may wander into this movie and feel right at home. The golden-hued cinematography of Peter James (Driving Miss Daisy) adds a level of comfort that makes everything warm-like. The end credits intercut archival footage of two of the real-life Newton boys toward the end of their lives, one from a 1980 appearance with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. --Jim Gay

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Off My Leg! March 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film Overlooked By Most March 19, 2003
By M. Gray
Format:DVD
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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time ? DEFINITELY!!!! June 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated film if there ever was one! November 10, 2001
Format:DVD
Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys eschews much of the post-modern trappings that have defined the western genre in the nineties. Sure, it begins with a credits sequence that mimics the style of an old silent serial (complete with a fisheye lens), and it has one scene in which some of the eponymous boys are accused of stealing from a movie house (though they are never convicted), but the film's sensibilities seem much closer to those of the 1920's in which the film was set. It's an old-fashioned work, and that feeling is compounded by some wonderful documentary footage that plays during the credits. The comments of those involved in the actual events lend an immeasurable air of authenticity to the film. It might be tempting to classify the film's identification with the bank robbers as post-modern, especially since Bonnie and Clyde essentially kicked off the modern era of filmmaking, but consider the fact that even 1903's The Great Train Robbery gave more screen time to its criminals than its posse.
That screen time tells a fairly standard story, and there are few genuine surprises to be found in that respect. Still, the movie isn't so much about plot as mood and character. This is the closest Linklater has come to making a Hollywood film, and he uses the resources to enhance, rather than ignore, his worldview. The cast is fairly excellent, with Ethan Hawke's drunkard being the standout. Matthew McConaughey has the largest role, and shows more charm here than in nearly any other film that he has been in. Although the film's setting is far from the modern day slacker world of Linklater's other films, the prevailing attitude seems to be the same. It's a mix of Texan charm and genteel sophistication. This treatment of the subject matter doesn't ever come off as cocky.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history of US's most successful bank robbers February 26, 2005
By Elaine
Format:DVD
I didn't see this movie when it first hit the theatres but, being a fan of Matthew McConaughey, Dwight Yoakam and Skeet Ulrich, I rented it when it became available. GREAT, fun movie! And based on the true story of four brothers from Uvalde, Texas (where McConaughey was born) who were not only the most successful bank robbers in US history but ALL lived to ripe old age, unlike those that followed them a few years later, like Bonnie & Clyde, Dillinger, etc. McConaughey, Ulrich, Ethan Hawke (excellent!) and Vincent D'Onofrio play the Newton Boys. Dwight Yoakam is wonderful as their "cowardly" sidekick who handles the nitroglycerin the gang uses on their jobs. Julianna Margulies has THE most beautiful 1920s costumes in her role as McConaughey's love interest, Louise. The film also has the best honky-tonk soundtrack, courtesy of an Austin band called Bad Livers (get ahold of a copy if you can - it is SO worth it!) and during the closing credits, we get to see the real Joe and Willis Newton in interviews. Joe's is particularly funny as he is on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson". And the robbery the gang pulls in Toronto has GOT to be the funniest debacle in outlaw movie history! There is a book available at Amazon entitled "The Newton Boys" which this film is based on and it's basically the oral history of the gang's exploits as remembered by Willis and Joe. Makes for fascinating reading and one other bit of trivia - when Dock Newton (D'Onofrio's character) was in his 70s, in 1968 I believe, he tried to rob the First National Bank of Rowena, Texas which just happened to be the birthplace of one infamous Miss Bonnie Parker. Just another great bit of American history not taught in schools. Heck, even Frank Hamer, ALSO of Bonnie & Clyde fame, makes a "cameo" in this movie. Just watch this movie and been amazed at one fascinating family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newton Boys
A little history that isn't common knowledge. Very interesting. Would recommend.
Published 5 hours ago by B. Hull
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
We enjoyed this movie it was fun.
Enjoyed the characters.
Published 6 hours ago by Debbi L. Schaefer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
Enjoyed the movie. Never heard of them and didn't realize what they did for a living.
Published 9 hours ago by Abraham D. Ghantous
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
Great movie... Be sure to watch thru the credits!!
Published 12 hours ago by D. Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Bank Robbers
Entertaining, unexpected, very good cast and screenplay. Unlike many before it - a true story with a heart.
Published 19 hours ago by G. Botha
3.0 out of 5 stars We did like the conversation at the end with last surviving Newton ...
Very entertaining. I understand it was based on a true story. We did like the conversation at the end with last surviving Newton and Johnny Carson.
Published 3 days ago by Watheleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
Loved the humor and non-violence. Never had heard of the "Boys", so that was fun. Particularly liked interviews @ end of the movie with surviving brothers as they... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Julie Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Move. Cant believe I never heard of them.
Published 6 days ago by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flick if you have time to kill
Since this was based on a true story and they had interviews with the real people I thought it was good. It is hard for me to root for a bad guy though.
Published 8 days ago by ike1969
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 10 days ago by Vincent TJackson
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