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The Newton Boys Movie Review

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Over the years, there have been a lot of western movies, some about cowboys, some about gunfighters, and some about bank robbers.  Usually, the main character is some always-good kind of guy who takes on some bad guys dressed in black outside a saloon. The Newton Boys is not on of these movies. In fact, it can't even really be considered an old western, since it takes place in the 1920's, and it is based on a true story. The Newton Boys is about a family of bank robbers who... rob banks.

The Newton Boys will never be one of my favorite movies... it's wasn't overly exciting, there weren't really any gunfights, and the romantic segments they did weren't anything special. However, it is worth a look, mainly because it does maintain some entertainment value and also some historical insight. I'm sure the story was Hollywoodized but it is a true story; all the major parts really happened, so I can't really complain if this movie was "boring." And really, it wasn't boring, because there were some good laughs, some good explosions, and a nice progression of the characters.

The Newton Boys probably won't get on your list of "see-it-again" movies but for a one time deal, it's pretty good. I also liked how, during the credits, they had Johnny Carson interviewing Willis or Joe Newton, whom both lived into the 1980s.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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