Tom Sawyer

Overview

Mark Twain's classic tale is brought to the screen for the fourth time, this time with a tuneful score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who also wrote the screen adaptation. Johnny Whitaker stars as Tom Sawyer, with Jeff East in his first film role as Huck Finn. Jodie Foster is also on hand, playing the role of Becky Thatcher. This enjoyable family fare was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Song Score and Best Costume Design.
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Overview

Mark Twain's classic tale is brought to the screen for the fourth time, this time with a tuneful score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who also wrote the screen adaptation. Johnny Whitaker stars as Tom Sawyer, with Jeff East in his first film role as Huck Finn. Jodie Foster is also on hand, playing the role of Becky Thatcher. This enjoyable family fare was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Song Score and Best Costume Design.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Film musicals typically carried very hefty price tags by 1973; Tom Sawyer was a bit of a throwback, a more modestly budgeted "tuner," and one that aimed squarely at the children's market. On the whole, this adaptation of Mark Twain's classic is pleasantly diverting, although it doesn't capture the satire, irony and social commentary that are a major part of the book. The movie is suffused with the golden glow of nostalgia and a longing for a simpler time - right from the start, the opening song tells us that "A boy is gonna grow to a man, a man/Only once in his life is he free," and while Twain may not have appreciated this approach, it works quite well. Johnny Whitaker is good for the role as conceived for the film; he lacks the rough edge that the character has in the novel, but he has an agreeable presence and a lively spirit and keeps "cutesy" moments to a minimum. Jeff East is even better as Huck, and Jodie Foster a game Becky Thatcher. Of the adults, Celeste Holm provides some much appreciated musical theatre expertise. The score is undistinguished but catchy -- "Freebootin'" is bound to stick in the audience's mind for days after viewing. The location filming is quite attractive, and the physical production is superior. Tom Sawyer is an undemanding and amiable movie that children especially will enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • UPC: 883904127437
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Whitaker Tom Sawyer
Celeste Holm Aunt Polly
Warren Oates Muff Potter
Jeff East Huckleberry Finn
Jodie Foster becky Thatcher
Lucille Benson Widow Douglas
Richard Eastham Doc Robinson
Kunu Hank Injun Joe
Henry Jones Mister Dobbins
Susan Joyce Cousin Mary
Noah Keen Judge Thatcher
Sandy Kenyon Constable Clemens
Joshua Hill Lewis Cousin Sidney
Dub Taylor Clayton
Jonathan Taylor Small Boy
John Williams [composer] Conductor
Technical Credits
Don Taylor Director
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Danny D. Daniels Choreography
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
Marion Rothman Editor
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer, Screenwriter, Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer, Screenwriter, Songwriter
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
Murray Spivack Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Stanley Cinematographer
Mark Twain Source Author
Dean Vernon Sound/Sound Designer
John Williams [composer] Musical Direction/Supervision
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