#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack “Cowboy” Kelly (Christian Bale) organizes a newsboys’ strike. With David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful.
Plot: A week in the life of the exploited, child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York. When their publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, tries to squeeze a little more profit out of their labours, they organize a strike, only to be confronted with the Pulitzer’s hard-ball tactics.
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What a fine movie.
Having seen this movie in the theatres when it was released, at the age of eight, I have a real affection for it. I had the hugest crush on Spot Conlon. It’s hard to find faults in a movie like that. How you feel about this movie will probably depend on how receptive you are to it. Chances are, you’ll have one of two reactions while watching “Newsies”. One: “I can’t believe I’m watching a musical about newsboys.” Two: “I freakin’ *love* this movie.”
Yep, I’m with the latter group. My interest in Newsies was revived when I picked up the soundtrack lately. The music is well written, and infectiously engaging. If you don’t like musicals, you’re not going to like this film. If you do like musical, I defy you to not like it.
Some parts, yes, are a bit hokey. It’s a Disney flick, and by definition, is kid friendly. (A lyrics sampling: “And we’ll kick their rear!” “They gave their word, but it ain’t worth beans.”) But the characters are great (and I’m not just talkin’ ’bout Spot). The dynamic between Jack and Davey is great. And even though the cussin’ is bland, it’s still a story of young kids living in an adult world, facing adult problems with teen angst. That’s good stuff. Plus, Robert Duvall’s in it. Come on.
“Newsies” kind of got pushed aside after release. As an afterthought, it’s interesting to wonder, with the new interest in musicals thanks to “Chicago”, if the reception would be different if it were released today. No matter. As evidenced by the comments here, people enjoy it. Darn tootin’.
Lots of Fun, and Tuneful Too!
Waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the early 1990’s, when Jeffrey Katzenberg was still a top exec at Disney, he had one of his less successful ideas — to bring back the break-into-song musical. So, as the story goes, he selected three scripts that were about to go into production and gave them to Disney Music Maestro Alan Menken and asked him which of the scripts could be turned into a musical.
And that’s how NEWSIES was born.
It’s a great story, too, being a fictionalized account of the newsboy strike in New York at the turn of the century. It follows the exploits of a ragtag band of teenage boys, including Cowboy (Christian Bale), who dreams of becoming a ranch hand in Santa Fe, and David & Les (David Moscow & Luke Edwards), brothers who take up selling newspapers when their father is injured on the job.
Conflict arises when Joseph Pulitzer (Robert Duval) gets greedy and raises the price of his newspapers to the newsboys, but not to the public. The outraged “newsies” decide to go on strike, which eventually galvanizes all the working children in the city to stand up for themselves.
It’s a fun film, with Duval playing his villain to the hilt, but Ann-Margret is wasted in her role as a showgirl (both of her musical numbers are badly edited down to just snippets of song). Bale is the real wonder here, though, singing and dancing with surprising aplomb. The songs overall are quite good, but a couple of them are hard to distinguish from each other. My favorites are the opening number, “Carrying the Banner,” and the rousing “The World Will Know.” It seems odd, though, that Duval doesn’t get a musical number of his own, considering in Disney’s animated musicals the villains usually get the best songs (“Poor Unfortunate Souls” or “Be Prepared” anyone?).
It’s a shame that the film didn’t do better financially, since as a result of its dismal box office Disney declined to ever make another like it. First time director Kenny Ortega, who also choreographed (he was known for his choreography of DIRTY DANCING), directed one more feature after this, the underrated Bette Midler flick HOCUS POCUS; since that film also failed to find an audience, he hasn’t directed a movie since. And that’s a shame; he has a very distinctive kinetic style that served both films well.
Seek out a copy of NEWSIES, and go for the widescreen version. You won’t be disappointed!
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 1 min (121 min)
Genre Drama, Family, History, Musical
Director Kenny Ortega
Writer Bob Tzudiker, Noni White
Actors Christian Bale, David Moscow, Luke Edwards, Max Casella
Awards 1 win & 6 nominations.
Production Company Walt Disney Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 100T 5248, EXR 500T 5296, 250D 5297)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Eastman 5384)