The Adventures Of Huck Finn 1993

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Disneyfied adaptation of Twain's masterpiece about a friendship between a runaway young ruffian and an escaped slave who, together, take to the Mississippi on a raft and embark on various adventures with crooks, widows, bullies, sheriffs and sailors.

Starring:
Jason Robards, Courtney B. Vance
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 43 minutes
Starring Jason Robards, Courtney B. Vance, Elijah Wood, Robbie Coltrane
Director Stephen Sommers
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 12 February 2001
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, French
Subtitles Finnish, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Dutch
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Hamilton on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
As can be seen from the reviews on this page, a great many people find this film very enjoyable. At the risk of arousing the ire of this movie's many devotees, however, I don't think this realisation really stands up.

To begin with, in conformity with the demands of political correctness, the 'n'-word has been excised from the dialogue completely. And although Courtney Vance performs his role superbly, the Jim he plays here is hardly even recognisable as Twain's character. This Jim is much more knowing than Twain's original, even manipulative - certainly there is no way that Huck (Elijah Wood) could play any trick on him in this version of the story. Elijah Wood is a great actor, but here he's too cute and well-scrubbed for Huck; besides being too young (Twain's Huck Finn is fourteen).

This is really the problem with so many film adaptations. It's a sobering thought that probably more people know the character of 'Huck Finn' from this Disney travesty than have read the original novel. Twain's Huck is dirty and dressed in rags - a river rat who smells of the river. But viewers don't want to see this, and in any case such a protagonist would outrage Disney's sense of middle class decency, so instead we get the loveable 'mischievous scamp', which is the one thing Twain's character is not. This, I think, is also why we get a younger 'Huck' - 14-year-olds who break the law and steal being felt as more threatening than 'mischievous'.

On the whole, the mood of the film is very 'light' and comedic, and the scenes succeed each other very rapidly - presumably for the benefit of a younger audience with a short attention span. The jaunty tone is assisted by an omnipresent light-hearted score which I found quite obtrusive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PatWestLancs on 13 Mar. 2014
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This was 'ok' but really, it fell flat for me. The actor playing Huck was poorly cast ....seemed like a real modern American brat .... Far too 'knowing' and slick - no innocence or childlike humour. But, to be fair, I'm an adult watching a film made for kids ... Not a good start? I gave it to some Dutch friends who loved it !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.W.hattermann on 15 July 2014
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one of the many adventures of hackberry finn and how his free spirit made him run away as a boy and helped his slave friend jim escape and get his freedom,great for children one of the Disney for all collectors,a great family film
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I found this film was a very enjoyable and humerous tale of two best friends from totally different backgrounds with opposing opinions about life in general until they end up on a roller coaster boat trip on the Mississippi. Both Huck and Jim have different views about life but the main thing they have in common is the pursuit of what is right. jim says," Just because people say its right doesn't mean to say it is. He is talking about slavery and as Huck becomes a first hand witness of the brutality shown to black slaves he admires his friend's bravery and becomes all the more determined to help Jim achieve his freedom. There are episodes which are funny but the film sends out a strong message about all men being equal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs webby on 5 Jun. 2014
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Brilliant film,bought through amazon from a used item seller,excellent condition as new.great old film,family classic.well worth buying a copy .
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Bought this DVD having read the Books a very long time ago so just wanted to watch the Film version. Enjoyable film to pass the time with a young family who all enjoyed this DVD including the traditional "Popcorn Basket" rather than watch in a Cinema.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2004
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Wood is too cute to be convincing as the rascal he plays but he does a really good job in the film anyway.I haven't read the book but there are many twists in the story and when huck and jim meet up with a couple of frauds,one of which is played by robbie coltrane,things get really funny.
My favourite scene is one in which huck dresses up as a girl in order to 'borrow' some food.
Well worth a watch, I would definately recommend this film to anyone.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Perez on 10 Jun. 2009
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This film is, in every sense, a great delight. Mark Twain's story has been wonderfully adapted. The story is moving, the dialogues are hilarious, the actors are at their best. A twelve years old Elijah Wood stars as the rebellious kid who must choose between his friendship with the runaway slave Jim and what he knows is 'right'. This is truly one of his best performances. The others are just as good as him, specially Courtney B. Vance, who plays Jim.
In short, this film adds all the advantages of a very good film to Twain's everlasting wit. The soundtrack by Bill Conti and the beautiful locations deserve a mention too.
If you like adventures, thoughts and wit, this is your film.
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