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News of the World (2020)

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A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.


Paul Greengrass


Paul Greengrass (screenplay by), Luke Davies (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Captain Kidd
Helena Zengel ... Johanna
Tom Astor ... Cavalry Lieutenant
Travis Johnson Travis Johnson ... Cavalry Rider (as John Travis Johnson)
Andy Kastelic ... Union Duty Officer
Ray McKinnon ... Simon Boudlin
Mare Winningham ... Doris Boudlin
Jeffrey Ware Jeffrey Ware ... Red River Heckler
Chris Bylsma ... Red River Heckler
Justin Tade Justin Tade ... Red River Heckler
Darrin Giossi ... Federal Soldier
Brenden Wedner ... Young Progressive Speaker
Elizabeth Marvel ... Mrs. Gannett
Michael Angelo Covino ... Almay
Clay James Clay James ... Almay's Man


Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. On the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she's never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home. Written by Universal Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, thematic material and some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


One of very few movies to show the effect of recoil upon stacking dimes in shotgun shell. A 3.5" brass shell can hold approximately 16 dimes, at nearly fifty percent more than the weight of a standard slug. Recoil is a function of the weight of the projectile and the gases discharged, so a heavier projectile produces notably greater recoil. Kidd is knocked back noticeably, and Johanna is almost knocked off her feet by the recoil. See more »


Johanna Leonberger was taken to her aunt & uncle Leonberger. But then the aunt revealed that Johanna's mother was her sister. This would make it unlikely that Johanna & her aunt would have the same last name. See more »


Captain Kidd: See all those words printed in a line one after the other? Put 'em all together and you have a story.
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Allison & Derrick's Song
Written by Travis Mammadety
Performed by Allison Mammadety
Courtesy of Travis Mammadety
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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Ominous, hardscrabble western cobbled together across the Texas landscape
28 December 2020 | by PotassiumManSee all my reviews

Tom Hanks is a 19th century newsman who reads newspaper stories to townsfolk in Texas. On his route of numerous locations, he comes across a young German-born girl who has been living under the care of native Americans who have been slaughtered. He takes it upon himself as her new guardian to escort her across the countryside to safety in the hope of finding her a new home. Along the way, they achieve an expected bond as two lonely souls in a treacherous world of danger of adversity.

Hanks is great as always, as the film is told from his weary, anguished eyes. But newcomer Helena Zengel steals the film from right underneath him with a mesmerizing performance as a young girl traumatized by personal tragedy, untrusting of the world around her and just beginning to learn her communication. Together, they bring this rugged journey to life. Director Paul Greengrass makes a vivid recreation of 19th century American wilderness, a land of difficult terrain and occasionally bitter climate. Through it all, it becomes a battle for survival for both the old man and the child he is protecting. An old school tale of American grit, this one is expertly crafted and highly recommended.

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Release Date:

25 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,250,430, 27 December 2020

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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