Directed by Richard Linklater • 1998 • United States
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke
Though it marked Richard Linklater’s first foray into big-budget filmmaking, THE NEWTON BOYS favors relaxed human interplay over sweeping spectacle. Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D’Onofrio star in this engaging true-life chronicle of the Newton Gang, four brothers from 1920s Texas who became arguably the most prolific bank robbers in American history—a feat they accomplished without killing. When the boys undertake a $3 million heist of a mail train—the biggest haul ever for such a robbery—their “crowning achievement” may also prove to be their downfall.