Newsies

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Released 1992

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Director:
Kenny Ortega
Released:
1992
Rating:
PG
Newsies takes place in 1899, where a ragtag group of orphans who deliver the news to New York City stage a protest when publisher Joseph Pulitzer raises the price they must shell out for their supply of papers. Can they unite the oppressed and fight the powers that be? Inspired by a local trolley workers' strike, newsie Jack Kelly (Christian Bale) sets out to organize the boys into a union, with David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the outfit's brains and Jack as its spokesman.

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  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 ...

  • 30

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Newsies is a long, halfhearted romp through what is made to seem a not terribly compelling chapter in New York City's history.

  • 30

    Variety

    Newsies was made with care and affection by choreographer-turned-director Kenny Ortega. But the writers have created cardboard cutouts instead of flesh-and-blood characters.

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    Arts, Drama, Music

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    Family Dramas, Musicals, 90s, Historical