The Newton Boys
Filmfest 2007

THE NEWTON BOYS is a gentler genre piece than might be expected, with so much friendly roughhousing that you may wonder whether towel-snapping was big in the Old West. It's also the rare crime story that makes larceny look like awfully hard work, what with having to tote the nitroglycerine, painstakingly blow up safes and haul all the money home and so on. The movie is so boyish in spirit that one Newton is seen playing with a toy airplane. "You’re mean, you know that?" complains Skeet Ulrich as Joe, the baby of the family, about a woman who threatens to call the police during a heist... At the end of this sometimes old-hat story about young guns, Linklater suddenly includes real glimpses of the real Newtons beside the closing credits. They lived to ripe old ages and, in the case of one brother, to a jovial appearance with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." One of them, at 77, was nabbed robbing one last bank... As the Newtons' story demonstrates, nobody slacks forever. Janet Maslin, The New York Times, March 27, 1998

tags: Feature film

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Gail Cronauer, Vincent D'Onofrio


Director: Richard Linklater