Newsies

Newsies

4.9 123
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 fairSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2012
UPC:
0786936823097
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
17,015

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Cast & Crew

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

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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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