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Huckleberry Finn (1974)

In the 1840s Missouri, young boy Huckleberry Finn, wanting to escape his drunkard violent father, joins black runaway slave Jim on a quest for freedom down the Mississippi River on a raft.


J. Lee Thompson


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




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


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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Early drafts of the script contained the N-word identifying Jim (as does Twain's novel). Paul Winfield insisted that the word be dropped before he would agree to play Jim. See more »


The King: Unfortunately however; women and children will not be admitted to either performance under any circumstances.
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Someday, Honey Darlin'
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Paul Winfield
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Hardly Perfect, but oh, the memories!
15 December 2001 | by juststaceySee all my reviews

Lovers of Huckleberry Finn might cringe at the liberties taken in this film, particularly at the end. The end that Twain wrote for the book wasn't very strong, with Tom Sawyer returning and making a muck of things. This is not the only version of Huck Finn that tries an alternate ending.

As a musical, this film does not work. The numbers are awkwardly placed and spaced, and some of the actors are unsure of their singing altogether. The songs in the companion film Tom Sawyer work better because they are usually sung as a voiceover, serving as an internal dialogue.

Another basic problem with this adaptation is that some of the most interesting events in the story take place offscreen. You only hear them described afterwards, which is a very weak storytelling device.

But oh, the memories! I saw this film when I was in my early teens, and I immediately fell for the young actor Jeff East in the title role. It was a great movie in my opinion back then, so as a recommendation to youngsters and pre-teenage girls, I can't do better now!

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Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Nauvoo, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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