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Director: Kenny Ortega

Cast: Christian Bale, David Moscow, Luke Edwards


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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


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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All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Touted by its makers as an attempt to bring live-action musical motion-pictures into the '90s, Newsies fails not because it lacks what the great musicals of the past had, but because it inserts nothing new into the genre, simply rehashing the archetypes and clichés that beat movie musicals to death in the first place. But just because it didn't incite '90s remakes of Bye Bye Birdie and Singin' in the Rain doesn't mean Newsies is completely worthless. For fans who enjoy even the more mediocre song-and-dance flicks of the '40s, '50s, and '60s, it's got just about everything. The songs are catchy and enjoyable, the story is simple and secondary to the music, and the cast isn't bad. Even Ann-Margret is in it, so at the very least audiences may want to squint and imagine they're watching a second-rate musical from the early '60s.

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Performance Credits
Christian Bale Jack Kelly
David Moscow David Jacobs
Luke Edwards Les Jacobs
Ann-Margret Medda Larkson
Max Casella Racetrack
Marty Belafsky Crutchy
Ele Keats Sarah Jacobs
Robert Duvall Joseph Pulitzer
Arvie Lowe Boots
Aaron Lohr Mush
Bill Pullman Bryan Denton
David James Alexander Gov. Teddy Roosevelt
Michael Lerner Weasel
Kevin Tighe Snyder
Charles Cioffi Seitz
Ogie Banks Newsies Dancer
Christopher Bonomo Newsies Dancer
Damon Butler Newsies Dancer
Daxon Calloway Newsies Dancer
Dee Caspary Snitch
Scott Caudill Newsies Dancer
Joseph Conrad Jake
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
Dominic Maldonado Itey
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
Melody Santangelo Nun
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
I.M. Hobson Gammon
Todd Jenkins Newsies Dancer
Terry Kohl Bailiff
David Larson Newsies Dancer
Marc Lawrence Kloppman
Mark Lowenthal Jonathan
Dominic Lucero Bumlets
Ryan MacDonald Mayor Van Wyck
Frank Novak Polieman
Jim Raposa Newsies Dancer
David Sheinkopf Morris Delancey
Sylvia Short Nun
David Sidoni Pie Eater
Kevin Stea Swifty
Lois Young Nun
William Boyett Judge Movealong Monahan
Mark David Specs
Jeffrey DeMunn Mayer Jacobs
Ivan Dudynsky Dutchy
Shay Duffin Captain McSwain
Robert Feeney Snoddy
Matthew Fields Snipeshooter
Tom Finnegan Bunsen
Brian Friedman Newsies Dancer
Jesus Fuentes Newsies Dancer
Deborra-Lee Furness Esther Jacobs
Michael A. Goorjian Skittery
Trey Parker Kid Blink

Technical Credits
Kenny Ortega Director,Choreography
Syd Dutton Special Effects
David Fallon Screenwriter
Jack Feldman Songwriter
Michael Finnell Producer
Peggy Holmes Choreography
David Kelson Sound Mixer
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
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
Tom Rickman Screenwriter
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
Bob Tzudiker Screenwriter
Noni White Screenwriter

Scene Index

Audio Commentary with Filmmakers; Newsies, Newsies, See All About It; Newsies: The Inside Story; The Strike! The True Story; Storyboard-To-Scene Comparison Sequence With Audio Commentary; Sing-Along Feature

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Newsies 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
FollowGreeks1 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
bamoviegirl More than 1 year ago
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 
redwhiteandblue More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an awsome movie wit cute guys and a great story...great songs....GREAT DANCING!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter how many times i watch this movie it always feels like the first time. I reccomend it to anyone and everyone! enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i was little i did a dance for the song ''im the king of new york'' and didnt know about the i do and it is THE best movie of ALL time!!! no joke!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best Musical, LOVEIT, what more do I have to say?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.