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Huckleberry Finn (1975)

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 »

Director:

Robert Totten

Writers:

Jean Holloway, Mark Twain (novel)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Huckleberry Finn
Don Most ... Tom Sawyer (as Donny Most)
Royal Dano ... Mark Twain
Antonio Fargas ... Jim
Jack Elam ... King
Merle Haggard ... Duke
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Aunt Sally
James Almanzar James Almanzar ... Silas Phelps
Rance Howard ... Pap Finn
Jean Speegle Howard ... Widow Douglas
Clint Howard ... Arch
Sarah Selby ... Aunt Polly
Alex Nicol ... Dr. Robinson
Bill Erwin ... Harvey Wilkes
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Jeremiah
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild violence
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Arrow Rock, Missouri, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Version of The Adventures of Huck Finn (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Mississippi (Said the River, I'm Your Friend)
Written by Earl Robinson and Steven North
Performed by Roy Clark
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My LEAST fav film version of this story
1 October 2004 | by BadWebDiverSee all my reviews

This is my least favorite film adaptation of this classic story (except for some very cheesy family TV series which had nothing in connection with the story except the title and the names of some of the characters!)

I think it is way stodgy, and over-patronizing. It's almost like a high-school English essay version of the novel written by a B-grade student who doesn't follow the language very well. Either that or an early reader version written for lower grade-school kids. Either way, the pacing is very slow and self-conscious. It is almost too obvious that this is a famous story, even the characters know it! And much as I like and respect Ron Howard as a child actor, he is way too old, gushy and patronizing in this.

My only real favorite moments were with Jack Elam as the "King", but that character virtually plays itself in nearly every version. (It's hard to imagine anyone not being fun in that - except for a very lame production indeed!) Ron's father Rance does moderately well as Pa, if a bit too quiet and self-consciously "literary" in the role.

OK, this is not supposed to be a docudrama, and most people (or at least most film reviewers) seem to prefer versions of classic stories that sound "classical" and have themes that stick out like a sore thumb. But even so, I still like both the previous Sherman Brothers' musical version; and both the Elijah Wood Disney version and the Patrick Day tele-series that came afterward a whole heap better than this.

(There are a few other versions I haven't seen yet, and would **really** like to. The Mickey Rooney version in particular.)


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