Well, now telemarketers sell papes, and I sure as hell wouldn't want to see a movie about that. Especially if they were singing all the time. But back in 1899, when Joseph Pulitzer (played by Robert Duvall) and William Randolph Hearst raised newspaper prices, that meant the newsies had to pay more for their copies, and they couldn't pass that along to the consumer. So the newsies organized a union and went on strike. And the strike failed.
In the movie, though, it's a big success, led by a charming, singing, dancing Christian Bale. Unfortunately the songs are mostly forgettable, and the dancing is all performed by teenage boys in vests and newsboy caps. You feel more than a little ridiculous just watching it. The story, a footnote in history that merits one sentence at most, is blown entirely out of proportion -- two hours long and, as mentioned above, the factual opposite of what really happened. People need heroes and uplifting tales, I suppose, but why alter history to give them to the masses? Not even Michael Bay could make us win the day in Pearl Harbor.
Now on DVD, Disney's given the film the collecter's treatment with audio commentary and more.
Run time: 121 mins
In Theaters: Friday 10th April 1992
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Production compaines: Walt Disney Pictures, Touchwood Pacific Partners 1
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 21
IMDB: 6.9 / 10
Director: Kenny Ortega
Producer: Michael Finnell
Starring: Christian Bale as Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly, Bill Pullman as Bryan Denton, Ann-Margret as Medda Larkson, Robert Duvall as Joseph Pulitzer, David Moscow as David Jacobs, Luke Edwards as Les Jacobs, Max Casella as Racetrack Higgins, Gabriel Damon as Spot Conlon, Marty Belafsky as Crutchy, Arvie Lowe Jr. as Boots, Aaron Lohr as Mush, Dee Caspary as Snitch