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Newton Boys, The movie review
The Newton Boys

This film ends with documentary footage as the credits roll. We see Johnny Carson laughing at the cute old bank robber. The Newton Boys are apparently considered the most successful thieves in the U.S. There are led by brother Willis (McConaughey). McConaughey's charming smile and clean cut exterior work hard to put across a whingeing, snivelling, thief who believed that being 'dirt poor' and 'just a small thief stealing from bigger thieves' was a justification for ripping off banks, insurance companies, and all the clients onto whom the cost of the bad guys exploits are passed.

Do we really need another film that attempts to elevate to heroic stature those too damn lazy/selfish to work? Are the bad guys endearing because they didn't kill anyone? Or because they were occasionally bumblers on a major scale? Or because they were successful thieves?

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Due for release May 28, 1998

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Title: Newton Boys, The (1998)
Written by: Claude Stanush (book The Newton Boys: Portrait of an Outlaw Gang)
Richard Linklater & Claude Stanush & Clark Lee Walker
Directed by: Richard Linklater  
Produced by: Keith Fletcher (associate); John Sloss (executive); Clark Walker (co-producer); Anne Walker-McBay  
Edited by: Sandra Adair  
Director of Photography: Peter James

The Players: Matthew McConaughey .... Willis Newton
Skeet Ulrich .... Joe Newton
Ethan Hawke .... Jess Newton
Gail Cronauer .... Ma Newton
Vincent D'Onofrio .... Doc Newton
Jena Karam .... Orphan Singer
Julianna Margulies .... Louise Brown

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