News of the World

A Texan traveling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.

Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Genres: Adventure, Western,
Production Company: Playtone, Pretty Pictures, Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures,

News of the World - Find where you belong. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 25-12-2020
  • Runtime: 118 Minutes
  • Popularity: 25.37
  • Vote Count: 1,154
  • IMDB Rating: 7.0
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Tom Hanks - Azwaad Movie Database Tom Hanks Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd
Helena Zengel - Azwaad Movie Database Helena Zengel Johanna Leonberger
Michael Angelo Covino - Azwaad Movie Database Michael Angelo Covino Almay
Ray McKinnon - Azwaad Movie Database Ray McKinnon Simon Boudlin
Mare Winningham - Azwaad Movie Database Mare Winningham Doris Boudlin
Elizabeth Marvel - Azwaad Movie Database Elizabeth Marvel Mrs. Gannett
Fred Hechinger - Azwaad Movie Database Fred Hechinger John Calley
Bill Camp - Azwaad Movie Database Bill Camp Mr. Branholme
Thomas Francis Murphy - Azwaad Movie Database Thomas Francis Murphy Mr. Farley
Gabriel Ebert - Azwaad Movie Database Gabriel Ebert Benjamin Farley
Photo Name Department
Tom Hanks-Production Tom Hanks Production (Producer)
Dariusz Wolski-Camera Dariusz Wolski Camera (Director of Photography)
William Goldenberg-Editing William Goldenberg Editing (Editor)
James Newton Howard-Sound James Newton Howard Sound (Original Music Composer)
Gail Mutrux-Production Gail Mutrux Production (Producer)
Paul Greengrass-Writing Paul Greengrass Writing (Screenplay)
Paul Greengrass-Directing Paul Greengrass Directing (Director)
Gary Goetzman-Production Gary Goetzman Production (Producer)
Luke Davies-Writing Luke Davies Writing (Screenplay)
Mark Bridges-Costume & Make-Up Mark Bridges Costume & Make-Up (Costume Design)

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Tom Hanks and Director Paul Greengrass have combined to create a truly moving and memorable western which is one of the best films of 2020. Hanks stars as Captain Kidd; a former Confederate Captain making his way in occupied Texas in the post-Civil-War era. Kidd travels from town to town reading various newspaper stories of interest to gathered locals who are too busy or unable to read the news and look forward to his lively interpretations of news of interest on a local and national level. On his way to his next location; Kidd comes upon a fair skinned blonde girl wearing Native American clothing and speaking a tribal dialect he does not understand. The fact that their cart has been overturned and a lone male is hanging from a tree leads Kidd to uncover the tragic history of the child. According to documents he discovers in the wreck; she was taken during a raid and her parents and sibling killed. The tribe that raised her was subsequently killed leaving her an orphan twice over. As such; the girl named Johanna (Helena Zengel); is to be taken to a nearby town and remanded to a local agency for transportation to an Aunt and her husband over 600 miles away. Kidd sees it as his duty to take her to the nearby town which is confirmed by some passing Union soldiers who occupy the area during the Reconstruction era much to the scorn of the locals who are stinging from losing the Civil War. Things do not go as planned as Kid is told that the authority in charge of such cases is away for three months so he must either wait or deliver the girl himself. Thanks to the help of a former soldier under his command, Kidd sets out on the road to Dallas and then to the very dangerous areas beyond as he attempts to take Johanna to safety. Along the way the two will face danger, challenges, and bond on a very memorable journey. Hanks is very solid in the role and his character is compassionate yet complex. There is a reason for his generosity and he attempts to make peace with the pain and regret in his life by trying to do what is right and coming to terms with what has plagued him. The film moves at a steady pace and does not have many extended action sequences but when action does arrive it is central to the story and never seems gratuitous. Zengel is a great pairing with Hanks as the young German actress will be one to watch going forward. She is able to convey so much without an abundance of lines and you can clearly see how well she and Hanks clicked. The visuals of the film are scenic as the audience really gets a look at the rugged beauty of the land and life during this era. It was fascinating to see what Dallas and San Antonio looked like in the 1860s after knowing them as the modern cities that they are today. There is much to like about the film and I am eagerly putting “News of the World” on my best of 2020 list and I truly hope this film gets the recognition it deserves come awards time as it is truly a wonderful and inspiring film that is cinema at its finest. 4.5 stars out of 5

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One of the MOST boring attempts at making a Western by a Top shelf actor to date.. Hollywood really needs to come to grips with fact they NO longer have what it takes to make these kind of films...and havnt for a few years now... Now continue on with the worlds dieing films, or Zombies, or female assassins, or better yet the ANTIFA genre of destroying neighborhoods and hating this country... The whole anti white male genre is a real boomer... but they need to stay away from Westerns... seriously.. For starters... your fresh out of masculine leading men that will work on a crappy script.... Ya this is one genre that is lost to the arts

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Peter McGinn

This doesn’t happen very often, but I actually read their book this movie was based on. I enjoy both. There were a couple of changes I noticed, but I wasn’t offended by them. With one it seemed they had Captain Kidd escape a jam with a speech rather than an explosion, and it worked for me. This is a quirky western and, as such, often ridiculed by western movie fans. It isn’t a classic in my book, but if it came on while I was eating (we multi-task by combining meals with movies), I wouldn’t feel the need to lean down to pick the controller up off the floor to change channels. I would let it run. I wasn’t surprised to see a few racist reviews on IMDB, but one comment on this website raised my eyebrows. Signs of the times, I guess.

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