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What to know: When powerful moguls raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, newsboys Jack Kelly and David Jacobs organize a strike.
Recommended age 8-18
121 minutes
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This is one of the best musicals I have ever seen. I really like this film - it has a little touch of what New York is like including the strong accents of the actors. I love the music because it's giving you a feel of what's going on at that particular moment. I must mention the choreography - it is absolutely outstanding with tons of energy and precision. Jack Kelly (Christian Bale) plays a young newspaper seller who tries to stand up for his fellow paper sellers, the Newsies. Their boss has a little trouble making money and figures that since the Newsies pay for their own stock before selling, he could raise the amount they pay for it. But they aren't exactly happy with this decision and decide to stand up for what they want. Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) directed this great film in 1992 and it also stars David Moscow, playing David Jacobs. The costumes are on point for this specific time period, late 1800's to early 1900's. You can tell who the character is just by the costumes they are wearing. This film sends a great message to stand up for what you want and is made for the music lovers at heart. I recommend this film for ages 10 to adults. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars Look for this classic film on HDNet, sit back and enjoy the music! Brianna Beaton, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

A classic Disney musical, fun-filled with lively music and dancing, which I LOVE! In 1899, Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World newspaper, and William Randolph Hurst, publisher of the New York Journal, decide to raise the prices of the distribution cost for the newsboys. Already poor, the newsboys won't stand for it and they decide to strike. Jack Kelly (Christian Bale, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) leads the strike with David Jacobs (David Moscow), Jack's best friend and the brains behind the strike. Gabriel Damon is Spot Conlon the leader of the Brooklyn boys. It takes newspaper boys from all the boroughs of New York to come together to make a difference. Bryan Denton (Bill Pullman), a reporter for the Sun, who is trying to help the boys by making sure people know what is happening and writing about the strike in a competing paper. I love musicals! It was the singing and dancing that kept me watching, but I only rate the movie a 3 out of 5 stars. Technically the film is top-notch, however the story is hard to follow at times and I had to ask what things meant. I think this movie is better for teens and adults, but it's definitely worthwhile for younger kids who like musicals, like me! All this month you can see Newsies on HDNet Movies kidScene! It's been twenty years since the original release of Newsies. Finally Disney is taking the movie to the stage! Newsies opens on Broadway for a limited run starting March 15th! Hunter Willow Jones, Age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

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When powerful moguls raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, newsboys Jack Kelly and David Jacobs organize a strike.
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