|The Newton Boys|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Linklater|
|Produced by||Keith Fletcher
Clark Lee Walker
|Written by||Claude Stanush (book)
Clark Lee Walker
|Music by||Edward D. Barnes|
|Editing by||Sandra Adair|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||March 27, 1998|
|Running time||113 min.|
The Newton Boys is a 1998 drama film based on the true story of the Newton Gang, a family of bank robbers from Uvalde, Texas. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Dwight Yoakam. It was filmed in Austin, Bartlett, and San Antonio, Texas.
"Over the course of five years (1919-1924) the Newton Boys, a group of brothers, were the most successful bank and train robbers in North America, traveling from Texas to Toronto without ever firing a fatal gunshot. Willis Newton (Matthew McConaughey) is the eldest brother who is determined to improve the fortunes of the family by becoming a 'businessman' whose business is bank robbing. With the rationale that all banks are insured — insurance companies being the biggest crooks — the brothers begin their spree. [In] 1924 they executed the biggest mail train robbery in American history, stealing $3 million from a train in Rondout, Illinois (a Chicago suburb). All goes smoothly until Brentwood Glasscock (Dwight Yoakam) accidentally shoots Dock Newton (Vincent D'Onofrio). Going against the odds, they decide to take Dock to a doctor. The court trial that follows sees the boys and their partners sentenced to prison."
It received mixed to positive reviews from critics, The film holds a 59% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 34 reviews.