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The Adventures Of Huck Finn [DVD] [1994]

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Robards, Ron Perlman
  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers, Mark Twain
  • Producers: Barry Bernardi, John Baldecchi, Laurence Mark, Llewellyn Wells, Steve White
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZ0I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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Huckleberry Finn's age has been scaled down in this 1993 Disney film in order to accommodate star Elijah Wood's young years at the time. But that is not the only concession Mark Twain's great American novel must make to Disney revisionism. Wood's Huck, as adapted for the screen by writer-director Stephen Sommers, is all rascal and only nominally a philosopher, which takes a lot of the soul out of Twain's extraordinary story about Huck's enlightenment while travelling with the slave Jim (Courtney B. Vance) along the Mississippi river. Big chunks of the journey are also minimised in significance, and not just for the sake of storytelling economy. Jason Robards Jr and Robbie Coltrane brighten things up, but overall this is an unnecessarily simplified version of a literary classic. --Tom Keogh

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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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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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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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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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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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The excellent child actor Elijah Wood stars as the title role of Walt Disney's 1993 adaption of Mark Twain's classic follow-up to his 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' novel. 'The Adventures of Huck Finn' is one of the very best film versions of this American literacy classic, and one of which is sure win over the entire family.

Set in Missouri in the 1840s, mischievous Huckleberry Finn is a strong-willed young man who is yearning to experience life and adventure. Fearful of his drunkard father (Ron Perlman), he leaves his foster family behind him, and along with Jim (Courtney B. Vance), his runaway slave friend, embarks on a voyage down the Mississippi River, staying ahead of the pursuers who are blaming Jim for Huck's alleged murder.
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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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this is for a present requested by one of my grown up daughters for her birthday. I have previously seen this endearing and enduring film and will have great pleasure in giving it to her. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to indulge in memories
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