The Adventures of Huck Finn

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This eighth adaptation of the timeless Mark Twain novel casts Elijah Wood as Huckleberry Finn, the half-literate son of a drunk who runs away from home and follows the Mississippi River with an escaped slave named Jim Courtney S. Vance. Along the way, the duo encounter adventures with colorful characters like The King Jason Robards and the Duke Robbie Coltrane, two con men who impersonate British visitors in order to swindle two sisters out of their fortune, and Susan Wilks Laura Bundy, the spunky 12-year-old ...
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This eighth adaptation of the timeless Mark Twain novel casts Elijah Wood as Huckleberry Finn, the half-literate son of a drunk who runs away from home and follows the Mississippi River with an escaped slave named Jim Courtney S. Vance. Along the way, the duo encounter adventures with colorful characters like The King Jason Robards and the Duke Robbie Coltrane, two con men who impersonate British visitors in order to swindle two sisters out of their fortune, and Susan Wilks Laura Bundy, the spunky 12-year-old girl who gives Huck his first kiss. Jim also re-educates Huck away from the racist views that he has grown up with. Not the most in-depth version of Twain's tale, The Adventures Of Huck Finn is a solid retelling of the classic story.
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  • Release Date: 2/18/1997
  • UPC: 717951896032
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Huckleberry Finn
Courtney Vance Jim
Robbie Coltrane The Duke
Jason Robards Jr. King
Ron Perlman Pap Finn
Dana Ivey Widow Douglas
Anne Heche Mary Jane Wilks
James Gammon Deputy Hines
Paxton Whitehead Harvey Wilks
Tom Aldredge Dr. Robinson
Laura Bundy Susan Wilks
Richard Anders Colonel Grangerford
Dion Anderson Sheriff
Curtis Armstrong Country Jake
Michael Cassidy Bully
Frances Conroy Scrawny Shanty Lady
Gary Lee Davis 1st Fighting Man
Mary Goldberg
Garette Ratliff Henson Billy Grangerford
Renee O'Connor Julia Wilks
Leon Russom Shanty Lady's Husband
Ben R. Scott 2nd Fighting Man
John Henry Scott Abe Turner
Janet Shea Mother Grangerford
Daniel Tamberelli Ben Rodgers
Mary Louise Wilson Miss Watson
Alex Zuckerman Joe Rodgers
Technical Credits
Stephen Sommers Director, Screenwriter
Steve Aaron Sound/Sound Designer
John Baldecchi Co-producer
Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Bob Ducsay Editor
Howard Ellis Asst. Director
Betsy Faith Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Laurence Mark Producer
Randy Moore Art Director
Randy Moore Art Director
Keith Neely Set Decoration/Design
Richard Sherman Production Designer
Michael Warga Set Decoration/Design
Llewellyn Wells Associate Producer
Steve White Executive Producer
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Samuel Clemens would have detested this PC version

    This is a candy-coated version of the novel. Jim has become educated and speaks English more properly than the Queen. Huck is a mental midget. Pap is barely an annoyance, rather than the notorious drunkard. Above all else, the controversial "n-----" is full stricken from the dialogue (along with any sense of the colloquial craft), thereby bleaching this tale of any of Clemens' intended bit. In short, it's an insult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good movie adaptation

    Elijah Wood is perfect for the role of Huck, and the movie hits all the major parts of the book (except the ending which Twain himself later said he didn't like). Filmed on location in Mississippi on the river, it has the disney movie style but was made in time so that it could also show twain's characters as he wrote them, mainly a 10 year old boy smoking, swearing, and shooting a gun. Ultimately just like in the book, it is a story about Huck's heart and his friendship to Jim, with lots of adventure in between.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elijah is so Sweet!

    this was a truly great movie. elijah is so sweet, and fits the role perfectly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elijah is absolutly adorable in this movie

    Although the movie didn't really follow the book, Elijah was perfect as well as Courtney Vance. Elijah Wood has a remarkable acting talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hollywood Takes Over

    While this adaptation of Mark Twain's Huck Finn is most enjoyable, it does not quite hold true to the novel. All of the people in the movie have somehow already figured out that slavery is wrong. Unfortunately, that is not how the characters are portrayed in the novel. This version does include most of the large events in the novel, but it has been thoroughly edited to be palatable for the audiences of today. If you are looking for a movie that conveys Twain's original message, this adaptation would not serve you well. However, it has high entertainment value, and Huck, of course, is portrayed by the talented Elijah Wood, who has now had the pleasure of becoming two of the most beloved characters in literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you're a fan of Elijah Wood, this is a must see movie!!

    If you're a fan of Elijah Wood your're going to love this movie. He does a fantastic job portraying the adventurous trouble-making Huck Finn. Though they strayed from the original story a lot, it is still one I would recommened. All the actors do fantastic jobs, and Elijah Wood portrayal will put you to tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT DID ELIJAH DO WRONG?

    Nothing! Elijah was spectacular! That sweet little innocent face that caused me to burst into tears when he was sobbing his poor little heart out when Jim was about to be hanged was perfect for the role of Huckleberry Finn, a young boy trying to help his friend, Jim, who is a runaway slave. Elijah was probably at his ultimate cutest, and Courtney B. Vance brought a lot of emotion and humor to the role of Jim, Huckleberry's slave friend. So why did I give this movie only 4 stars? Well, even though the acting was superb (especially little Elijah) the story was a bit off. For those of you who have read Mark Twain's original work, you'll know what the real story is like. You'll also see that they simplified the movie's story quite a lot, for some odd reason that we may never know. If they had stuck to the book (I'm a big fan of sticking to the book) then the movie would definitely have been given 5 well-deserved stars. I just wish they hadn't simplified the story. You HAVE to see Elijah in ''Huckleberry Finn''! I guarantee that you will cry!

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    Posted September 4, 2010

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