NewsiesDirector: Kenny Ortega
A failed effort to revive the big-budget movie musical, Newsies attempted to create toe-tapping, song-and-dance excitement out of the true story of an 1899 strike by newspaper boys against publishing magnate Joseph Pulitzer. The "newsies" band together to protest a pay cut by Pulitzer (Robert Duvall), organizing a union to protect their rights and ensure fair wages. They are helped along the way by Medda (Ann-Margret), a local dance-hall performer who befriends the boys and provides an opportunity for an additional song or two. Director Kenny Ortega had previously choreographed Dirty Dancing, and composer Alan Menken had provided the acclaimed scores for Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop of Horrors, but their work here failed to capture the spark of their popular successes. Unable to connect with older or younger viewers, Newsies gained a reputation as a major bomb that cut short an attempt to bring back the live-action musical, though in the intervening years it has gained a small but appreciative cult.
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- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|Christian Bale||Jack Kelly|
|David Moscow||David Jacobs|
|Luke Edwards||Les Jacobs|
|Ele Keats||Sarah Jacobs|
|Robert Duvall||Joseph Pulitzer|
|Bill Pullman||Bryan Denton|
|David James Alexander||Gov. Teddy Roosevelt|
|Ogie Banks||Newsies Dancer|
|Christopher Bonomo||Newsies Dancer|
|Damon Butler||Newsies Dancer|
|Daxon Calloway||Newsies Dancer|
|Scott Caudill||Newsies Dancer|
|D.J. Dellos||Newsies Dancer|
|Bret Dieball||Newsies Dancer|
|Chris Dupre||Newsies Dancer|
|Dak Eubanks||Newsies Dancer|
|David Evans||Newsies Dancer|
|Tony Gonzales||Newsies Dancer|
|Rob Grayson||Newsies Dancer|
|Michael Irvin||Newsies Dancer|
|Robert Jaquez||Newsies Dancer|
|Gregg Kent-Smith||Toby the Candy Butcher|
|Kevin Kruger||Newsies Dancer|
|Terry Lindholm||Newsies Dancer|
|Alan Luzietti||Newsies Dancer|
|Kevin McCasland||Newsies Dancer|
|Dean McFliker||Newsies Dancer|
|Kevin Michaels||Ten Pin|
|James Earl Miller||Newsies Dancer|
|Patrick Lars Olsen||Newsies Dancer|
|Travis Payne||Newsies Dancer|
|Eric Pesqueira||Newsies Dancer|
|Craig Raclawski||Newsies Dancer|
|Michael Rohrbacher||Newsies Dancer|
|Greg E. Russell||Newsies Dancer|
|Jeff Thysell||Newsies Dancer|
|Wes Veldink||Newsies Dancer|
|Michael Warwick||Newsies Dancer|
|Joshua Wiener||Newsies Dancer|
|Jason Yribar||Newsies Dancer|
|Larry Jones||Newsies Dancer|
|Gabriel Damon||Spot Conlon|
|Frank Girardeau||Chief of Police Devery|
|Shon Greenblatt||Oscar Delancey|
|Jo Ann Harris||Patrick's Mother|
|Todd Jenkins||Newsies Dancer|
|David Larson||Newsies Dancer|
|Ryan MacDonald||Mayor Van Wyck|
|Jim Raposa||Newsies Dancer|
|David Sheinkopf||Morris Delancey|
|David Sidoni||Pie Eater|
|William Boyett||Judge Movealong Monahan|
|Jeffrey DeMunn||Mayer Jacobs|
|Shay Duffin||Captain McSwain|
|Brian Friedman||Newsies Dancer|
|Jesus Fuentes||Newsies Dancer|
|Deborra-Lee Furness||Esther Jacobs|
|Michael A. Goorjian||Skittery|
|Trey Parker||Kid Blink|
|Syd Dutton||Special Effects|
|David Kelson||Sound Mixer|
|Alan Menken||Score Composer|
|Nancy Patton||Art Director|
|William R. Perry||Stunts|
|J.A.C. Redford||Score Composer|
|William H. Reynolds||Editor|
|Brad Ricker||Set Decoration/Design|
|May Routh||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William Sandell||Production Designer|
|Ira Shuman||Associate Producer|
|Carl Stensel||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bill Taylor||Special Effects|
|Danny Troob||Score Composer|
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i really enjoyed this movie. the songs and dances are very entertaining, and the enthusiasm of the young cast really carries a sometimes weak script. surprisingly, the people who seem to fail the most are ann-margret and robert duvall, two of the major adult characters. ann-margret's character comes across as unnecessary to the entire story, and robert duvall's portrayal of the neurotic and slightly insane mr. pulitzer is interesting, but bizarre. while the movie drags a bit towards the end, it's worth watching the first half.
"Newsies" was a very nice little movie that just didn't get enough of it's respect that it desurved. I got 2 copies of the DVD for my 17th birthday so that when my parents get older , they can enjoy the idea of a bunch of New York newspaper boys working for Pulitzer and Heirst in the year of 1983/ Buy this movie!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a must have!!!
Oh my gosh! This movie is so great! The songs are so amazing, with catchy toons and hot guys singing them...its great!!!!!!!!! Jack Kelly is so amazing! He's a great actor!! That is THE greatest movie I have ever seen! Definitely go see it! Its hillarious, and moving at places! SO great!!!!!!
I've loved this movie ever since I was kid. I'm now in my twenties with a child of my own. And wouldn't you know this is my son's favorite movie. He knows all the songs, tries to imitate the moves, and ask at least once a day if he can watch it. What makes it so amazing is that he was barely a year old when this film captured his heart and imagination. It's not mindless dreck like many kid's movies these days and makes you want to get up and move instead of sit there and zone out. And instead of wanting to bang my head against concrete as he watches it again and again, I enjoy it too.
Newsies was a classic tale about the struggles in 1800's newsboy sales. The musical was an amazing representation of what was happening, even better, through a musical. This musical has amazing winning numbers, and a fabulous cast including the wonderful Christian Bale, Anne Margaret, Robert Duvall and more! This a great family film and this 90's Disney movie is a great movie for all!! 2 Thumbs Up!
And the world will know that the broadway show is better.. Newies, the classic is about a newie (who are kids who sold papers in 1900's) named Jack Kelly. Jack meets Davey and Davey's little brother, Les. But when disaster strikes, the money goes up of the newspaper (the newies had to buy their newspapers). It's up to Jack and the newies to get things back to normal. I said the broadway show is better because broadway show has better dancing and singing. But, if you can't see the broadway show, just buy and listen to the broadwaysoundtrack. Also, in the movie the love interest is Davey and Les's older sister. But in the broadway show, it's the reporter ( which in the movie is a boy).
Newsises is the best Musical, Comedy, and Drama ever made I love Newsies. It is one of the best musicals ever made. What I love about Newsies is that the movie is a Disney movie and its a musical. Love Christian Bale when he was young in Newsies and Little Women and also Ann Margaret did a really good job and so did David the boy from Big before tom hanks appearance. Robert Duvall did a good job and Bill Pullman did a great job and I love all of the songs in Newsies and Newsies is a family movie and it is a Disney movie watch Newsies you'll won't regret it
This is one of the best movies ever made. They call it a box office failure, probably because it wasn't based on filthy sex and stupid crude language but once you see it you will agree that it is one of the finest movies ever made.
this is an awsome movie wit cute guys and a great story...great songs....GREAT DANCING!!!!!!!!!!
This is a classic in our family. Kids and parents alike enjoy the upbeat tunes, the engaging plot (a traditional ''struggle of the working man'' theme), and the superb choreography. ''Newsies'' is a classic that never made it as big as it should have.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE I HAVE IT ON TAPE AND EVER CHANCE I GET I POP IT IN TO THE VCR AND WATCH. I LOVE SINGING AND DANCING AND NEWSIES HAD THEM BOTH GREAT SINGING AND GREAT DANCES. IT'S NICE TO SEE A MOVIE WHERE EVERYONE IS HELPING ONE ANOTHER AND NOT TRYING TO KILL EACH OTHER.
What can I say, if you haven't heard of them before you should have. The my generation fell in love with them; boys and girls alike be one of the ''King(s)of New York''. I love this movie and its soundtrack I play both whenever I get the chance. Fans of the old musicals will NOT be dissappointed with this film! Plus, it's a great raily movie, a wonderful way to get people envolved.
No matter how many times i watch this movie it always feels like the first time. I reccomend it to anyone and everyone! enjoy!
It wasn't that long ago that I was a little kid and I well remember watching this movie over and over with my best friend. I don't know why it didn't connect with more young people because we loved it!It is a funny, romantic, heroic tale about a few good kids. They were the kind of teenagers that we wanted to be.
when i was little i did a dance for the song ''im the king of new york'' and didnt know about the movie....now i do and it is THE best movie of ALL time!!! no joke!!
Best Musical, LOVEIT, what more do I have to say?
when the newsboys of new your city face the challenges of the powerful- does their union fall apart? or will the break the will of the mighty bill and joe?
this show is the reatest my friends krystle and kelly got me into it and i've been hooked ever since they are all great actors and it is just all in all a great movie!!! and besides half the actors are hot!!!
OMG! The first time I watched this movie I fell in love with it. I never get tired of it and love it soo much!
I love this movie! It is the best! The music and dancing is fabulous! The cast is amazing, and the plot is great! And along with excitement there is romance and life long friendships. I highly recommend this movie to anyone!
I think Newsies is the best movie! It makes you laugh, it makes you feel sad, it makes you want to get up and sing and dance! It's a wonderful movie, and the casting couldn't be better. Newsies has become my favorite movie after we watched it in one of my classes at school!
This is such a great movie for kids and adults all ages to watch but don't forget that Spot Conlon is the best! If you are looking for a action and family movie Newsies is definately the one for you !
I have been a fan of this movie since it first came out in 1992!! This movie is so great. The music gets you pumped and the story is inspiring. And how hot is Christian Bale in this movie? He is the hottest man ever!
This is the best movie of all time. I watch it a lot. It's got great music and dance moves. And the hott looking guyz are even better. The movie also gives you a little history on what it was like back in the late 1800's. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone that ask me about it.