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Newsies [1992 film] by Kenny Ortega

Newsies [1992 film] (1992)

by Kenny Ortega (Director), Bob Tzudiker (Screenwriter), Noni White (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Alan Menken (Composer), Ann-Margret (Actor), Christian Bale (Cast), Max Casella (Cast), Robert Duvall (Cast)6 more, Luke Edwards (Cast), Jack Feldman (Composer), Michael Finnell (Producer), Marc Lawrence (Actor), David Moscow (Cast), Bill Pullman (Cast)

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Newsies go on strike, and sing and dance about it.

It's a cheerful, catchy Disney musical... about child labor. I hate this movie. I hate it so much.

Concept: F
Story: D
Characters: D
Dialog: D
Pacing: D
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: C
Acting: C
Music: F

Enjoyment: F

GPA: 1.0/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 28, 2016 |
In some bright scriptwriter's brain, there's a musical that evokes the heyday of Rooney and Garland and stirs you up with song and dance. Walt Disney's "Newsies" is not that musical.
"Newsies," the new live-action Disney musical, attempts in a rather willful manner to revive the glorious heyday of Hollywood song and dance films. And, in balance, the payoff is more positive than negative. Its intentions seem fairly modest, and so are its achievements. It's a modestly enjoyable diversion.
What I find hard to believe, however, is that anyone thought the screenplay based on these actual events was of compelling interest. "Newsies" is like warmed-over Horatio Alger, complete with such indispensable cliches as the newsboy on crutches, the little kid, and of course the hero's best pal, who has a pretty sister. Nor does the movie lack the standard villains, including Oscar nominee Michael Lerner as the hardhearted circulation manager.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kenny OrtegaDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tzudiker, BobScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
White, NoniScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alan MenkenComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ann-MargretActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bale, ChristianCastsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Casella, MaxCastsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duvall, RobertCastsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LukeCastsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Feldman, JackComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finnell, MichaelProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, MarcActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moscow, DavidCastsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pullman, BillCastsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Carrying The BannerHigh Times, Hard TimesKing Of New YorkMy Lovey Dovey BabyOnce And For AllSanta FeSeize The DayThe World Will Know
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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 organizes a newsboys' strike. With David Jacobs 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.… (more)

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