Sumptuous production values and fitfully impressive choreography notwithstanding, NEWSIES was a major misfire for Disney Studios. That's a shame, because this intensely pro-labor musical drama, dealing with the late 1890s Gotham newsboys' strike against magnates Joseph Pulitzer and William
Randolph Hearst, is a picture one really wants to like.
The time is 1899--one year after Teddy Roosevelt's famous charge up San Juan Hill--and the hard-working, impoverished newsies (boys who hawk "all the news that's fit to print" on the streets) are having a tough time making ends meet. Then Joseph Pulitzer (Robert Duvall) arbitrarily raises the
wholesale cost of the newspa...