A decade later we would have Billy Elliot, rendering this more or less useless.
This movie raises many questions: why was baby Christian Bale, a Good Actor and Bad Dancer, cast in a singing and dancing show? Why did Disney think a strike spearheaded by homeless children was perfect for a squeaky clean musical? How exactly does collective action work, anyway?
We spend some time with the real-life history that inspired Newsies–which is a heck of a lot more inspiring than the movie itself turned out to be. There are a lot of interesting things adjacent to this movie but not actually in it, actually. But baby Christian Bale sure does want to be a cowboy.
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