The Newton Boys (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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The story of the Newton gang, the most successful bank robbers in history, owing to their good planning and minimal violence.

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  • Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey in The Newton Boys (1998)
  • Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey in The Newton Boys (1998)
  • Matthew McConaughey and Julianna Margulies in The Newton Boys (1998)
  • Matthew McConaughey and Skeet Ulrich in The Newton Boys (1998)
  • Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio in The Newton Boys (1998)
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11 February 2002 | TxMike
Big time crooks settle in small time Uvalde, TX.
What makes "The Newton Boys" so interesting is that it is based on a predominantly true story. Lead by Willis Newton (Matthew McConaughey, a Texan) who had big dreams of drilling for oil in the boom years after WW I, the 4 brothers used explosives to crack open safes all over the USA and Canada and robbed the banks. Willis' rationale, "We're helping to keep insurance companies in business. If there are no bank robberies then there will be no need for insurance." For reasons I don't understand at all, round safes cannot be opened like rectangular safes, so they eventually had to resort to train robbery. They were eventually caught, tried, and convicted. After serving a little time (max. 5 years) most of them retired to Uvalde, Texas, a small town west of San Antonio and in the "texas Hill Country" so popular with motorcyclists. Most of them lived long lives and died in Uvalde.

Julianna Margolies was excellent as Willis' love interest. They eveidently stayed together into old age, even though they never married.

Pretty good film.

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