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The Newton Boys

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Book details for The Newton Boys

The Newton Boys was written by Claude Stanush. The book was published in 1994 by State House Press. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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Portrays the misdeeds of the notorious early twentieth-century bank and train robbers. The Newtons' story was made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, and Julianna Margulies.
Portrays the misdeeds of the notorious early twentieth-century bank and train robbers. The Newtons' story was made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, and Julianna Margulies.

Movie details for The Newton Boys

The movie was released in 1998 and directed by Richard Linklater, who also directed The Scanner Darkly (2006). The Newton Boys was produced by 20th Century Fox. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gail Cronauer, Jena Karam, Julianna Margulies, Casey McAuliffe, Dwight Yoakam, Charles Gunning, Regina Mae Matthews, Becket Gremmels, Lew Temple, Glynn Williams, Charles 'Chip' Bray, Chloe Webb, Gary Moody, Robert Iannaccone, Jennifer Miriam and Anne Stedman.

 

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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 ... Read More
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