Newton Boys

Newton Boys

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke

     
 

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Richard Linklater's fifth feature is a major departure from his previous work -- his first big-budget picture, it's also the first of his films since his 1987 Super-8 effort "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" not set during his signature 24-hour time frame, offering instead a ravishing bankrobber period piece buoyed by a gentleness of spirit rare… See more details below

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Richard Linklater's fifth feature is a major departure from his previous work -- his first big-budget picture, it's also the first of his films since his 1987 Super-8 effort "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" not set during his signature 24-hour time frame, offering instead a ravishing bankrobber period piece buoyed by a gentleness of spirit rare among movies of any genre. Its true story tells of the four Texas-born Newton brothers, who between 1919 and 1924 were the most successful robbers in the U.S.; led by the newly-paroled Willis Newton (Matthew McConaughey, in arguably his strongest performance to date), the gang -- siblings Jess (Ethan Hawke), Joe (Skeet Ulrich) and Dock (Vincent D'Onofrio), as well as nitroglycerin expert Brentwood Glasscock (Dwight Yoakam) -- embarks on a crime spree which spreads across the U.S. and into Canada, heisting bank vaults only at night in order not to hurt or kill anyone. (As Willis figures it, the bankers -- all covered by insurance -- are merely thieves themselves anyway.) A sweetly contemplative film, The Newton Boys is almost an anti-crime caper -- no one gets killed, and the violence which does occasionally erupt is handled with a light comic touch. By no means a master storyteller, Linklater has instead crafted a movie tailored to his own strengths, among them his skillful direction of actors, his flair for period detail and his unerring sense of rhythm; like all of his work, The Newton Boys is also informed by its maker's deep and abiding love for the film medium itself, complete with any number of striking visual and emotional references to classics ranging from Greed to Jules et Jim. While viewers expecting slam-bang action typical of the genre will undoubtedly be disappointed, those seeking a more humane and poetic alternative will be utterly charmed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
UPC:
0013132606217
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
7,992

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew McConaughey Willis Newton
Skeet Ulrich Joe Newton
Ethan Hawke Jess Newton
Vincent D'Onofrio Doc Newton
Julianna Margulies Louise Brown
Dwight Yoakam Brentwood Glassock
Charles Gunning Slim
Becket Gremmels Lewis
Gail Cronauer Ma newton
Chloe Webb Avis Glasscock
Bo Hopkins K. P. Aldrich

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director,Screenwriter
Sandra Adair Editor
Edward D. Barnes Score Composer
Andrea Dopaso Art Director
Keith Fletcher Associate Producer
John Frick Art Director
Catherine Hardwicke Production Designer
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director
Shelley Komarov Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter James Cinematographer
Don Phillips Casting
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Jeanette Scott Set Decoration/Design
John Sloss Executive Producer
Claude Stanush Screenwriter
Clark Lee Walker Co-producer,Screenwriter
Anne Walker-McBay Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Newton Boys
1. Chapter 1 [10:21]
2. Chapter 2 [9:13]
3. Chapter 3 [10:54]
4. Chapter 4 [9:42]
5. Chapter 5 [10:03]
6. Chapter 6 [10:01]
7. Chapter 7 [10:11]
8. Chapter 8 [9:49]
9. Chapter 9 [9:40]
10. Chapter 10 [9:47]
11. Chapter 11 [9:17]
12. Chapter 12 [7:34]
13. Chapter 13 [5:45]
14. Chapter 14 [:00]

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