In the novel, it's Jim who gets painted blue by the Duke and King (Dauphin) as part of a charade they are trying to pull off. In the 1986 feature, it's Huckleberry who gets painted blue for an entirely different reason. See more »
A 213 minute NTSC format DVD version was released 2/20/2007 by Monterey Video for Region 1 which combined the four 60 minute installments into a single feature having 02:02 of opening credits as text over scenes from the feature. A 211 minute PAL format DVD version was released 9/1/2001 by Prism Leisure Corporation of England for Region 2 which has the same content as the 213 minute version except it has only 30 seconds of opening credits running as text over the same woodcut image used in the background of the ending credits in both versions. See more »
I've never seen such attention to detail. However, I got the feeling that many scenes were left on the cutting room floor that would have made the movie even better. For instance, the feuding family that was after Buck could have been included. That storyline told so much about Twain's take on the senselessness of war. Also, the cast was incredible. It seemed that with every turn of the page, I was seeing another familiar Hollywood face, from Emma Thompson, to Butterfly Mc- Queen, to Lillian Gish. My God, the casting was just remarkable. Young Patrick Day was the most perfectly cast of all. I commend PBS on a spectacular accomplishment. I would love to see it shown more often.
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