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Huckleberry Finn (1974)

Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »

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J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Mark Twain (novel), Robert B. Sherman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff East ... Huckleberry Finn
Paul Winfield ... Jim
Harvey Korman ... The King
David Wayne ... The Duke
Arthur O'Connell ... Col. Grangerford
Gary Merrill ... Pap
Natalie Trundy ... Mrs. Loftus
Lucille Benson ... Widder Douglas
Kim O'Brien Kim O'Brien ... Maryjane Wilks
Jean Fay Jean Fay ... Susan Wilks
Ruby Leftwich Ruby Leftwich ... Miss Watson
Odessa Cleveland ... Jim's Wife
Joe Boris Joe Boris ... Jason
Danny Lantrip Danny Lantrip ... Kyle
Van Bennett Van Bennett ... Wayne
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Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Greatest Of All American Adventure Stories. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: A Musical Adaptation See more »

Filming Locations:

Arrow Rock, Missouri, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Jim: I shor don't like this royal nonsense business. Stealin' poor peoples' money. That's - that's down right dishonest.
Huckleberry Finn: Well you're stealin' yourself from Miss Watson, aintchya? Now stealin' is stealin', Jim.
Jim: Well thay is stealin' and thay is stealin'. But this here - is stealin'.
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Version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) See more »

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Rose in a Bible
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by chorus
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Far Removed From Twain's Classic
10 January 2018 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

This adaptation of the famous tale by Mark Twain starts with a song performed by Roberta Flack. My recommendation is to listen to the song, then not bother watching the rest of the film.

It does not take long to realize that the familiar story has been changed odiously and unforgivingly to fit another vision that is nowhere near as quaint and clever as Twain's. The writers have hijacked the famous title, changed the story, sanitized it in a way that recalls the censorship cases of the past, removed the authentic dialect, extracted the charm, and added music. We might ask why.

Apparently, to serve their own agenda. Then why not create this other story under another title, rather than usurping Twain's reputation? The result they have achieved with this modified piece is as inauthentic as a Bach fugue with its notes changed. Those who celebrate Twain's writing skills, his peerless wit, and his hard work preserving the native dialects of his time and location will find this to be a shallow (and dishonest) tweaking of Twain's timeless classic.


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