Tom and Huck witness Injun Joe's killing of Doc Robinson one night at the graveyard. When an innocent man is accused of killing the Doc, Tom steps up as a witness, not respecting the promise made to Huck to lay low.



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A mischievous young boy, Tom Sawyer (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, witnesses a murder by the deadly Injun Joe. Tom becomes friends with Huckleberry Finn (Brad Renfro, a boy with no future and no family. Tom has to choose between honoring a friendship or honoring an oath because the town alcoholic is accused of the murder. Tom and Huck go through several adventures trying to retrieve evidence. Written by Aimee Madlangbayan

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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Tom and Huck  »

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$23,735,802 (USA)

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This film includes the "haunted house" scene while other live action film adaptations such as the 1938 film starring Tommy Kelly and the 1973 musical film starring Johnny Whitaker omit it. See more »


When Tom and Huck and in the church attic they are facing the front of the church because they are looking at the judge but in the next shot, they are facing the audience because they can see Aunt Polly's face. See more »


Joe Harper: He sold it to Doug Tanner - No, wait. Mickey Douglas got the marble from his cousin in St. Louis... who traded it to Alfred Temple, who sold it to... Johnny Miller. No, wait. Alfred sold it to -
[Injun Joe picks him up by his collar]
Injun Joe: Just tell me who owned it last, boy.
Joe Harper: Tom Sawyer owned it last. But it don't matter now,'cause now Tom's dead.
Injun Joe: That's too bad. I'm so sad.
[Drops Joe, who runs to the church]
Injun Joe: Yeah, that's it. Run, fat boy! Run!
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It looks real, but feels a bit fake
10 November 2003 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

This version of the classic novel by Mark Twain makes a nice little movie, but fails to capture the humorous spirit of the book. Many hilarious scenes are missing and the writers have taken too many liberties with the plot.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas is wonderful as Tom Sawyer. Unfortunately his charm does not last until the very end of the movie, but seems to fade after a while. It might possibly have something to do with the fact, that, even though this movie is based on "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer", it's actually Huck's character that steals the whole show.

I had a bit of a problem with the way Huck Finn was portrayed in this movie. Of course Brad Renfro is a fantastic actor (his performance is probably the best thing about this film) and he manages to give Huck Finn many tragic and deep aspects. Unfortunately Mark Twain's Huck Finn is neither tragic or very deep. One can only wonder why Huck has been made the brooding hero, when it's actually Tom Sawyer, who is supposed to be the brightest star in this story.

Despite the many sugar-coated scenes and the fact that both Tom and Huck are a bit out-of-character, this movie is still something worth seeing. Injun Joe and Muff Potter are both realistic and Rachael Leigh Cook makes a brilliant and not-so-girly Becky Thatcher! The sets and wardrobe look very authentic, but they alone are not enough to bring the evergreen story wholly alive.

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