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The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

Elijah Wood , Anne Heche , Stephen Sommers  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Anne Heche, Tom Aldredge, Curtis Armstrong, Ron Perlman
  • Directors: Stephen Sommers
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TPMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,735 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Huck Finn" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio Commentary With Director Stephen Sommers And Editor Bob Ducsay

Editorial Reviews

Climb aboard for an extraordinary version of Mark Twain's sweeping adventure when Walt Disney Pictures presents THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN. It's the unforgettable saga of a mischievous youngster and a runaway slave on a wild expedition to freedom. As the pair take the ride of their lives down the treacherous Mississippi River, they run into an entertaining assortment of offbeat characters and face one challenging adventure after another! You won't want to miss this sensational telling of Twain's classic tale -- an action-packed mix of thrills and excitement!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elijah Wood - A Perfect Huck Finn December 14, 2005
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From the first opening Clemensian Voice Over and the whimsical fight scene, Huck Finn brims with authenticity and focus. Sure, we've read the book and seen the many movie versions. But this one stands tall and comes to grips with Twain's not-so-juvenile hero as he grows along the river of life. Great allegory sublimates its symbols, so you take it like heroin, directly in the vein. And so it is with this film with a strong crop of performances and a sterling rendition by its star, Elijah Wood.

The spirit of any great literary masterpiece translated to film is not the details a la BBC and Masterpiece Theater, but the distillation of ideas and moods into enduring messages and iconic scenes. Huck Finn is Elijah Wood's first foray into the literary character venue, a venue that would eventually lead him to Frodo Baggins. He does not approach the role as "the lost child on the river," but as a growing cock-sure adolescent, more adult and intelligent for his age and station. His performance is rock solid, never flagging. He provides a variety of moods and is always maintaining a consistent arc with the material. No empty headed river rat here.

Courtney Vance teams with Wood to make a most Twainly Jim. Jim is not the typical slave-he's literary and allegorical. His pain is real, but never obfuscating the themes of the novel; and so it blossoms in the film. Jason Robards Jr and Robbie Coltrane impress as the infamous scoundrels that represent American hypocrisy, while Ron Perlman charges the role as Papp Finn with rugged villainy emblazoned on the ass of white river trash. Anne Heche subtly wisps through as Mary Jane Wilks. But it is Elijah Wood that naturally carries the film. Twain would have been proud to see his creation in the hands of this veteran actor.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest movies ever made!!! December 8, 2001
Elijah Wood plays Huckleberry Finn, a young boy growing up in the pre-Civil War South. Huck's father is a drunken troublemaker, and is rarely around. The boy has been taken in by two kindly old women who are trying their best to civilize him, but aren't having an easy time of it. Huck lives for freedom and adventure, and the river is constantly calling his name. His best friend is a slave named Jim (Courtney B. Vance), and the two look out for each other, more-so with every passing day. When Huck's father Pap returns for the boy one night, having heard that he's inherited a nice some of money (for those days), the boy is desperate to escape. Trapped and left alone the next day in his father's run-down cabin, Huck escapes and fakes his own "murder." He takes a boat to Jackson's Island, where no one lives and hardly anyone visits, and there he runs into his old friend Jim! The two best friends go swimming, fishing, and have a generally great time, when Jim tells Huck that he's run away and is planning to head down river and then up to the free states. After a personal struggle with the idea of playing abolitionist, a dangerous thing to do, Huck agrees to help his friend escape slavery. The two soon find themselves heading down the river, but at a faster pace than they had expected. They have discovered that Jim is wanted not only for being a runaway, but also for being Huck's "murderer." Huck and Jim have several interesting experiences throughout their journey, including getting mixed up in a tragic family feud, nearly getting caught several times, and teaming up with a pair of con artists known as the King and the Duke (played wonderfully by Jason Robards and Robbie Coltrane). Read more ›
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie; Horrible DVD January 31, 2002
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The movie: A+
Elijah Wood is/was one of the greatest child actors in Hollywood history. His presence shines through even the most mediocre of films, and when he is given a good supporting vehicle, just sit back and enjoy the show.
The Adventures of Huck Finn is one such vehicle--his best vehicle, in fact. While some will complain that Twain's classic has been Disney-fied, movie lovers will see past the sugar coating to find a gem of a movie about friendship and honor, about choosing good in a world that endorses evil. As Huck comes to respect Jim, we come to love them both, leading us to one of the greatest movie endings of all time. One of my all-time favorite movies, and hands-down the best movie soundtrack I have ever heard.
The DVD: C-
Disney is notoriously slow about releasing movies on DVD, but you'd think that after taking so long they would give the customers something worth waiting for. Not so, this time around.
The only real difference between this and the LaserDisc (released in 1993) is the anamorphic video and behind-the-scenes featurette. Not only do we NOT get 5.1 sound, the Dolby Surround we DO get sounds terrible--as if it had been lifted straight from the LaserDisc (at best) or possibly even a video tape. It's especially noticeable after the crystal clarity of the Disney DVD trailer that immediately precedes the film.
In short, Disney has released a terrible DVD of a terrific movie. Chose which is more important before you buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Worry, Just Buy It -- You'll Love It July 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What a great movie! Good for adults and older kids (maybe 8 years old+). Script is well written, based on Twain's novel. Character portrayal draws you into the movie, and then the film is just the right length -- I've really enjoyed it every time I've seen it. Somewhat serious, but with nice characters and relaxing humor so it's very enjoyable. Also a more accurate representation of slavery, too, so kids pick up some good horizon-expanding. Some parents might want to watch with their children for a couple of scenes -- one is with "Pap" toward the beginning when he's drunk, and another almost at the end, when the climax hits while Huck is trying to escape with Jim.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Movie. Not suited for kids.
This was a horrible movie and not suited for young children. We only watched 17 mins of the movie and had to fast forward most of it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
got for my collection
Published 1 month ago by clyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great family movie
Published 1 month ago by Richard Roush
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Always good to watch once in a while
Published 1 month ago by CMA Mom
3.0 out of 5 stars Different From Book
Mark Twain is one of my favorite writers. Tom Sawyer is my favorite, but Huck Finn is close behind. I must admit, I was disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
It's ok, but I've seen better. I know Elijah Wood was only a child when this was made, but I found this particular show very boring and hard to get into.
Published 2 months ago by Paula A. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY WELL DONE
Published 2 months ago by L. Moffitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I liked the movie. I thought Elijah Wood did a good job portraying Huck Finn. I would like to say to the reviewer who thinks there's too much about slavery and freeing the slave,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Danzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Not funny, too much about slavery and freeing The slave. No humor to the adventure. Horrible, horrible, horrible, and horrible
Published 4 months ago by Kari Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Very Much
The cast for this was fantastic and the adventure was something you didn't want to stop. Had all the elements you'd want in a movie and the friendship between Huck and Jim was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Ludy
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