“Newsies” quotes

Movie Newsies
Title Newsies
Year 1992
Director Kenny Ortega
Genre Drama, History, Musical, Family
Plot – New York, late 19th century. The "newsies" and the important publishers, accused of using an exploitation policy, are having a quarrel. Jack "Cowboy" Kelly leads the resistance of the poor paperboys. The film is inspired by true events and it describes the tensions of the time.
All actors – Christian Bale, David Moscow, Luke Edwards, Max Casella, Gabriel Damon, Marty Belafsky, Arvie Lowe Jr., Aaron Lohr, Trey Parker, Dee Caspary, Joseph Conrad, Dominic Maldonado
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  • “Why we starting to fight each other? It's just what the big shots wanna see. That we're street trash, street rats with no brains. No respect for nothing including ourselves. So heres how it is if we don't act together then we are nothing. If we don't stick together we are nothing. And if we can't even trust each other, then we are nothing. So...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:respect, trust, unity]
  • “In 1899, the streets of New York City echoed with the voices of newsies, peddling the papers of Joseph Pulitzer, William Randalph Hearst, and other giants of the newspaper world. On every corner you saw them carrying the banner. Bringing you the news for a penny a pape. Poor orphans and runaways, the newsies were a ragged army without a leader,...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Max Casella - Racetrack Higgins
  • “What'd being a Newsie ever give me but a dime a day and a few black eyes? You know, I can't afford to be a kid no more, Dave. For the first time in my life, I got money in my pockets. Real money. Money, you understand? I got more on the way and as soon as I collect, I'm gone, I'm away, all right?”
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:leaving, money]
  • “- Jack Kelly: One thing's for sure, if we don't sell papers, then nobody sells papers. Nobody comes through those gates until they put the price back to where it was.
    - David Jacobs: You mean like a strike?
    - Jack Kelly: Yeah, like a strike!”

    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    David Moscow - David Jacobs
    [Tag:newspapers, price]
  • “- Racetrack: That's my cigar!
    - Snipeshooter: You'll steal another!”

    Max Casella - Racetrack Higgins
    Matthew Schoenfeld - Snipeshooter
    [Tag:smoking, thieves]
  • “You shouldn't be callin' people lousy little shrimps, Oscar, unless you're referrin' to the family resemblance in your brother here.”
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
  • “There's a lot of people out there, and they ain't just gonna go away. They got voices now and they're goin' to be listened to. Putting them in jail is not going to stop them. That's the power of the press, Joe. So thanks for teaching me about it.”
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:power, press, teaching]
  • “- Joseph Pulitzer: Know what I was doing at your age, boy? I was in a war. The Civil War.
    - Jack Kelly: Yeah, I heard of it. So, did you win?
    - Joseph Pulitzer: People think war is about right or wrong and not power.
    - Jack Kelly: Yeah, I heard of that too. I don't just sell your papes, Joe. Sometime I read 'em.”

    Robert Duvall - Joseph Pulitzer
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:justice, power, war]
  • “- David Jacobs: You're a liar! You lied about everything. You lied about your father being out west, 'cause he's not out west! You didn't even tell me your real name!
    - Jack Kelly: So? What you wanna do about it Dave?
    - David Jacobs: I don't understand you.
    - Jack Kelly: Oh, so let me spell it out for ya. You see, I ain't got nobody tucking me...” (continue)
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    David Moscow - David Jacobs
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:liars, self-help]
  • “- Jack Kelly: You only took 20 papes; why?
    - David Jacobs: It's a bad headline.
    - Jack Kelly: Well, that's the first thing you gotta learn, headlines don't sell papers. Newsies sell papers.”

    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    David Moscow - David Jacobs
  • “- Joseph Pulitzer: Anyone who doesn't act in their own self interest is a fool.
    - David Jacobs: Then what does that make you?
    - Joseph Pulitzer: What?
    - Jack Kelly: Oh, this is my pal, Davey. The Walkin' Mouth.
    - David Jacobs: You talk about self-interest, but since the strike, your circulation's been down 70%.”

    Robert Duvall - Joseph Pulitzer
    David Moscow - David Jacobs
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
  • “- Spot Conlon: Your honor, I object.
    - Judge Movealong Monahan: On what grounds?
    - Spot Conlon: On the grounds of Brooklyn, your honor.”

    Gabriel Damon - Spot Conlon
    William Boyett - Judge Movealong Monahan
    [Tag:new york, trial]
  • “- David Jacobs: Jack, I was only joking. We can't go on strike, we don't have a union.
    - Jack Kelly: But, if we go on strike, then we are a union, right?
    - David Jacobs: No! We're just a bunch of angry kids with no money.”

    David Moscow - David Jacobs
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:poverty, youth]
  • “- David Jacobs: Everyday you're losing thousands of dollars just to beat us out of one lousy tenth of a cent. Why?
    - Jack Kelly: You see, it ain't about the money, Dave. It Joe gives in to nobodies like us, it means we got the power. And he can't do that, no matter what it costs.”

    David Moscow - David Jacobs
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:business, money, power]
  • “- David Jacobs: We started the strike, but we can't do it alone. So, we're talking to Newsies all around the city.
    - Spot Conlon: Yeah, so they told me. But what'd they tell you?
    - David Jacobs: They're waiting to see what Spot Conlon is doing, you're the key. That Spot Conlon is the most respected and famous Newsie in all of New York, and...” (continue)
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    David Moscow - David Jacobs
    Gabriel Damon - Spot Conlon
  • “It ain't lyin'. It's just improvin' the truth a little.”
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:lies, truth]
  • “- David Jacobs: My father taught us not to lie.
    - Jack Kelly: Well, mine told me not to starve; so we both have an education.”

    David Moscow - David Jacobs
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
  • “You get your picture in the papers, you're famous. You're famous, you get anything you want. That's what's so great about New York.”
    Max Casella - Racetrack Higgins
    [Tag:desire, fame, new york]
  • “- Racetrack Higgins: You know that hot tip I told you about?
    - Jack Kelly: Yeah.
    - Racetrack Higgins: Nobody told the horse.”

    Max Casella - Racetrack Higgins
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
    [Tag:gambling, horses]
  • “- Mush: Howd'ya sleep, Jack?
    - Jack Kelly: On my back, Mush.”

    Aaron Lohr - Mush
    Christian Bale - Jack Kelly
  • “They jacked up the price. You hear that? Ten cents a hundred! Ya know, it's bad enough that we gotta eat what we don't sell. Now they jacked up the price! Can you believe that?”

    Trey Parker - Kid Blink
    [Tag:price, working]