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(released as The News Boys in the United Kingdom) is a 1992 American musical comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega
Kenny Ortega
in his film directing debut. Loosely based on the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899
Newsboys Strike of 1899
and featuring twelve original songs from composers Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and J.A.C. Redford, it stars Christian Bale, David Moscow, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret. It was the first completely live action musical Disney produced. Previous musicals Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Pete's Dragon were live action, but had animated segments. The film was an initial box office bomb and received negative to mixed reviews at the time of its release, but later gained a large cult following on home video.[2] It was later adapted into a successful stage adaptation on Broadway that was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning two.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Music 5 Release

5.1 Critical reception 5.2 Box office 5.3 Home media

6 Award nominations 7 Historical strike 8 Stage adaptation 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Plot[edit] In 1899, 17-year-old Jack "Cowboy" Kelly is one of many struggling newspaper hawkers in New York City, selling copies of the New York World on the streets of Manhattan. When David Jacobs and his younger brother Les join the "newsies", Jack notices David's intelligence and Les' marketable cuteness and self-servingly takes them under his wing. Jack is invited to the Jacobs' home, becomes enamored of their sister Sarah, and sings of his desire to escape to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Attempting to outdo his business rival William Randolph Hearst, New York World publisher Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
raises the prices that the newsies must pay to buy newspapers from his distribution centers. Angered, Jack and David galvanize the other Manhattan
newsies to go on strike. While the others spread the word to newsies in New York's other boroughs, Jack and Les confront Pulitzer and are thrown out of his office. Bryan Denton, a reporter for The Sun, takes an interest in the boys' story. Jack and David take their cause to the Brooklyn newsies, but their leader "Spot" Conlon is reluctant to join the strike. This dejects the Manhattan
newsies, but David riles them up until they ambush the distribution center and destroy all of the newspapers. Disabled newsie "Crutchie" is captured by Pulitzer's enforcers the Delancey brothers and placed in an orphanage called the Refuge, run by the sketchy Warden Snyder, who neglects the orphans so that he can embezzle money given to him by the city for their care. The newsies try to ward off strikebreakers, but the struggle turns violent and turns out to be a trap set by the Delanceys. Just as the newsies are about to be arrested, Spot Conlon arrives with the Brooklyn
newsies and the two groups unite to repel the police. Denton puts the story on the front page of The Sun, and the newsies plan to hold a rally. Snyder informs Pulitzer that Jack is an escapee from the Refuge, giving Pulitzer legal cause to have him arrested. Jack has breakfast with Sarah on the roof of the Jacobs' apartment building; he tells her of his desire to flee to Santa Fe, and wonders if she would miss him. The police break up the rally and arrest the newsies, but Denton steps in to pay their legal fines. Snyder testifies against Jack and reveals to the others that Jack's real name is Francis Sullivan; his mother is deceased and his father incarcerated. Jack is sentenced to four years of rehabilitation in the Refuge. Denton is reassigned as a war correspondent and can no longer report on the strike. Jack is taken to see Pulitzer, who offers to waive his sentence and pay him a salary if he will work as a strikebreaker. When Pulitzer threatens to have the other newsies thrown into the Refuge, Jack complies. The boys attempt to rescue Jack, but he tells them to leave. The newsies are shocked and dismayed to see Jack report for work the next day. When the Delanceys attack the Jacobs children, Jack steps in to save them, knowing this will break his deal with Pulitzer. The newsies learn from Denton that their strike has had little effect on public opinion, since the city thrives on child labor and Pulitzer has ordered newspapers not to report on the strike. Using an old printing press of Pulitzer's, they publish a "Newsie Banner" which they distribute to child workers citywide. Denton shares the paper with Governor Theodore Roosevelt, exposing the mistreatment of children at the Refuge. Numerous child laborers join the strike, bringing the city's workforce to a standstill. Jack and David confront Pulitzer, who finally gives in to their demands. Roosevelt has Snyder arrested, releases the children from the Refuge, and thanks Jack for alerting him to the situation. He offers Jack a ride, and Jack asks to be taken to the train yards so he can head to Santa Fe. The newsies are disheartened by this, but Jack returns shortly, having been convinced by Roosevelt that he still has things to accomplish in New York. As the newsies celebrate his return, Sarah and Jack kiss, and Spot gets a ride back to Brooklyn
from Roosevelt. Cast[edit]

Christian Bale
Christian Bale
as Jack "Cowboy" Kelly aka Francis Sullivan David Moscow as David Jacobs Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman
as Bryan Denton Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
as Joseph "Jo" Pulitzer Ann-Margret
as Medda Larkson Luke Edwards as Les Jacobs Ele Keats
Ele Keats
as Sarah Jacobs Aaron Lohr
Aaron Lohr
as Mush Meyers Max Casella as Racetrack Higgins Michael A. Goorjian as Skittery Gabriel Damon as Spot Conlon Marty Belafsky as Crutchie Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Mayer Jacobs Deborra-Lee Furness as Esther Jacobs Kevin Tighe
Kevin Tighe
as Mister Snyder Michael Lerner as Wiesel (Weasel) Shon Greenblatt as Oscar Delancey David Sheinkopf as Morris Delancey Charles Cioffi as Don Seitz William Boyett
William Boyett
as Judge Monahan Marc Lawrence as Mr. Kloppman Arvie Lowe, Jr. as Boots Arbus Dominic Lucero as Bumlets Kevin Stea
Kevin Stea
as Swifty "The Rake" RJ Harrington as Flip Top Wilson Dee Caspary as Snitch Trey Parker as Kid Blink Mathew Fields as Snipeshooter Kevin Michaels as Ten-Pin David James Alexander as Governor Theodore Roosevelt Robert Feeney as Snoddy Joseph Conrad as Jake Ivan Dudynsky as Dutchy Dominic Maldonado as Itey Julia Bax as Mattie Conrad Mark David as Specs David Sidoni as Pie Eater

Production[edit] Alan Menken's longtime collaborator, Howard Ashman, was too sick from AIDS to work with Menken on this film, and he would eventually die on March 14, 1991. Menken brought in lyricist Jack Feldman to help. Music[edit]

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Soundtrack album by Alan Menken, Jack Feldman and J.A.C. Redford

Released April 10, 1992

Recorded 1992

Genre Soundtrack

Label Walt Disney

No. Title Performer(s) Length

1. " Newsies
Prologue" Max Casella 0:48

2. "Carrying the Banner" Newsies
Ensemble 6:15

3. "Santa Fe" Christian Bale 4:18

4. "My Lovey-Dovey Baby" Ann-Margret 1:30

5. "Fightin' Irish: Strike Action" J.A.C. Redford 1:50

6. "The World Will Know" Newsies
Ensemble 3:20

7. "Escape from Snyder" Redford 2:08

8. "Seize the Day" Newsies
Ensemble 2:01

9. "King of New York" Newsies
Ensemble 2:25

10. "High Times, Hard Times" Newsies
Ensemble/Ann Margret 2:54

11. "Seize the Day (Chorale)" Newsies
Ensemble 1:12

12. "Santa Fe (Reprise)" Christian Bale 1:49

13. "Rooftop" Redford 3:13

14. "Once and for All" Newsies
Ensemble 2:24

15. "The World Will Know (Finale)" Newsies
Ensemble 1:50

16. "Carrying the Banner (Finale)" Newsies
Ensemble 6:20

Release[edit] Newsies
received negative to mixed reviews from critics and audiences on its release and was a box office bomb, failing to recoup its $15 million budget. Critical reception[edit] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film's average score is 41% based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10.[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4] Newsies
has since gained a measurable cultural fan base.[2] Bale has acknowledged that while it was not a commercial success, its fanbase is surprisingly large, saying, "You say something bad about Newsies and you have an awful lot of people to answer to."[5] Box office[edit] The film grossed $2,819,485 domestically and ranks among the lowest-grossing live-action films produced by the Walt Disney Studios. This is due to the film being pulled from many theaters after a poor opening weekend. Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin
called it Howard the Paperboy.[6][7] Home media[edit] In 1992, the film was released on Walt Disney Home Video, while a collector's edition DVD was released in 2002. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray, as a 20th Anniversary Edition, on June 19, 2012. Award nominations[edit]


Award Category Name Outcome

14th Youth in Film Awards

Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

Christian Bale, David Moscow, Luke Edwards, Max Casella, Marty Belafsky, Arvie Lowe, Jr., Aaron Lohr, Gabriel Damon, Shon Greenblatt and Ele Keats Nominated

15th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[8] Worst Picture

13th Golden Raspberry Awards

Worst Picture

Worst Director Kenny Ortega

Worst Supporting Actor Robert Duvall

Worst Supporting Actress Ann-Margret

Worst Original Song "High Times, Hard Times" Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(music) and Jack Feldman (lyrics) Won

Historical strike[edit] See also: Newsboys Strike of 1899
Newsboys Strike of 1899
and 1899 in the United States The actual Newsboys Strike of 1899
Newsboys Strike of 1899
lasted from July 20 to August 2. The leader of the strike was a one-eyed young man named Louis Ballat, nicknamed "Kid Blink", who spoke with a heavy Brooklyn
accent that was often phonetically transcribed when he was quoted by newspapers. Kid Blink is featured in the film as a minor supporting character, while the role of strike leader is given to the fictional Jack "Cowboy" Kelly. Blink and another real-life newsie, Maurice Cohen, were the inspiration for Kelly. The actual strike ended with a compromise: the World and Journal agreed to buy back all unsold copies of the newspapers. The history of the newsboys strike of 1899 is told in David Nasaw's book Children of the City: At Work and at Play (Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1985; Oxford University Press, 1986). Stage adaptation[edit] Main article: Newsies
(musical) Disney Theatrical Productions
Disney Theatrical Productions
produced a stage musical based on the film that played at the Paper Mill Playhouse
Paper Mill Playhouse
in Millburn, New Jersey starting on September 25, 2011 through October 16, starring Jeremy Jordan as Jack and Max Ehrich (Fenmore, The Young and the Restless) as an understudy for Jack.[9] Newsies!: The Musical contains songs from the movie, as well as several new numbers.[10][11] The songs "My Lovey Dovey Baby" and "High Times, Hard Times" were left out of the stage adaptation. Also, the characters Denton and Sarah were combined in the musical to create a new character called Katherine Plumber, a plucky young female reporter who is secretly Pulitzer's daughter. On September 19, 2011 the cast, accompanied by composer Alan Menken, performed "Seize the Day" and "Santa Fe" on The View. The Paper Mill Playhouse
Paper Mill Playhouse
version included new songs "The News Is Getting Better" that was replaced on Broadway by "The Bottom Line" and Don't Come a-Knocking" that was replaced on Broadway with "That's Rich", and the "I Never Planned on You/Don't Come a-Knocking" Medley and "Then I See You Again" sung by Katherine and Jack was replaced with "Something to Believe In". "Fansies" was the term dubbed to fans of Newsies
during the Papermill Playhouse run of the show during Newsies
Fan Day, where cast members of the movie and the original musical cast met with fans before the show.[12][13] The musical opened to previews on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre for a limited engagement from March 15, 2012 to March 28, 2012 in previews and from March 29, 2012 to June 10, 2012 in its official engagement.[14] This was later extended through August 19, 2012 after just the first weekend of previews and then extended again, this time to an open-ended run.[15] They performed "King of New York" in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The show went on to earn eight Tony Award
Tony Award
nominations, including Best Musical, winning Best Choreography and Best Original Score. It is currently on a U.S. tour and a separate Italian tour. See also[edit]

Union organizer


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Musical, With Songs by Menken and Feldman". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2018.  ^ Itzkoff, Dave (February 14, 2011). "Extra, Extra! 'Newsies' Musical to Open Paper Mill Playhouse
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