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The Newton Boys [DVD] [1998] [Multilingual]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater's lighthearted Western tells the true story of the Newton brothers, who are regarded as the most successful bank robbers in the history of the United States. The time is the early 1920s and the place is Texas. When Willis Newton (Matthew McConaughey) returns from a four-year stint in prison, he quickly falls into a life of bank robbing. Excited by the prospects of stealing even more money, he recruits his three brothers--the charming Jess (Ethan Hawke), the sensitive Joe (Skeet Ulrich), and the brutish Dock (Vincent D'Onofrio)--and ace safecracker Brentwood Glasscock (Dwight Yoakam) to help him ravage the country's banks, as long as no one gets hurt. Along the way, Willis meets and falls in love with Louise Brown (Julianna Margulies), a single mother living in Omaha. Eventually, greed gets the better of the gang and they set their sights on a federal train that is transporting three million dollars in cash and bonds. Unfortunately, the heist goes awry and the boys are threatened with jail time. Linklater's film is an affable and sweet affair, with a goodnatured tone that greatly mimics the Newton brothers themselves. Linklater alumni McConaughey and Hawke headline the all-star cast, while music by the Bad Livers keeps the atmosphere breezy throughout.
    • Rating - For violence including bloody aftermath of a shooting, and for language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4110428

  • Credits
    Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Gail Cronauer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vincent Philip D'Onofrio, Julianna Margulies, Dwight Yoakam, Jena Karam, Casey McAuliffe, Regina Mae Matthews, Charles Gunning, Beckett Gremmels, Lew Temple, Glynn Williams, Charles "Chip" Bray, Chloe Webb, Gary Moody, Robert Iannaccone, Jennifer Miriam, Anne Stedman, Marjorie Carroll, Katie Gratson, Angie Chase, Lynn Mathis, Ed Dollison, Boots Southerland, Bo Hopkins, Tommy Townsend, Mary Love, Zeke Mills, A.G. Ze
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The film has an easygoing charm..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[The] production design is wonderfully evocative..."
    USA Today

    "...[Linklater has a] consistent ability to give depth and definition to life in the margins..."

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