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Roughing It


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Mark Twain weaves a story of epic adventure in Roughing It, a classic tale about the American West during the gold rush. In a speech delivered at his daughter's graduation, Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens, played by James Garner) vividly recalls his t

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  • Actors: James Garner, Ned Beatty, Graeme Davies, Diego Diablo Del Mar, Robin Dunne
  • Directors: Charles Martin Smith
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUI5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roughing It" on IMDb

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pam Dunninton on August 13, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
After completing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Celebrated Frog of Caleveras County, I decided to show Roughing to my 8th grade students. Some students had enjoyed Tom Sawyer, but there were quite a few that found the vocabulary very difficult. Many of them were apprehensive, and thought it might be BORING, but the classroom was silent during this film. I ask students after they have watched a film if they would recommend showing to future students. All of them said they would watch it again, at home, if they had the movie.
Roughing It demonstrates the sense of adventure that we expect in the old west, but with the intellectual input of Twain. This film can be enjoyed by people from age 6 to 60 and beyond.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2004
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I rent many DVDs for the family to watch. It's hard to find movies that will be entertaining for the kids and yet keep the interest of the adults. This is one of them. Very beautiful movie - everyone loved it. You'll laugh like crazy but the movie, like Twain himself, is often profound.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ted M. on November 2, 2002
Format: DVD
This is a great family film. James Garner is wonderful as Mark Twain. The stories he tells about his adventures before he became Mark Twain are fantastic. This movie shows Mark Twain's brilliance as a master story teller. We have been recommending this movie to everyone who will listen to us about it. Definitely a must have for the family video collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Zenzic on December 10, 2009
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James Garner shines in this Hallmark rendition of Mark Twain's "Roughing It." Hallmark's take strays far from the letter of the book; but the spirit of the tale comes through very well. And while Garner may shine brightest, the rest of the cast is uniformly excellent. Even minor characters are well cast, and the entire ensemble raise this movie far above most.
Like Twain's book, the movie is always perfectly happy to wander right down the path of exaggeration to the borders of fantasy and have a picnic. Yet it develops the characters believably and fully, and draws astute observations on the human condition all the while; again, very much in the manner of Mark Twain. I rate it a full Five Stars, and recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Berman on July 29, 2006
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Roughing it is a great movie about the interesting life of Mark Twain. It is extrememly accurate and is well made. Roughing it is an entertaining made-for-tv movie. You will learn a great deal and will enjoy it while doing so. The writer of this film (Steven H. Berman) was nominated for his brilliant screenplay by the Writers Guild of America. James Garner is great along with his all-star cast. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Smith on January 18, 2014
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I really like James Gardner as an actor and I thought he did an excellent portrayal of Mark Twain. I enjoyed his interpretation of him as a storyteller. As for the movie it was interesting and I enjoyed most of it. There were parts that I did not like. The acting of the others throughout the story was okay. I think they did a good job and made the story fun to watch at times but I still enjoyed the parts when Mark Twain interacted with the students and his daughter. I enjoy documentaries but I don't believe this is a totally true documentary of Mark Twain's life but it was a fun movie mostly. I don't really enjoy movies that have really unhappy scenes and this movie had some I did not want to watch and when watched again I would fast forward through them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia J. Sluder on October 27, 2009
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This is a wonderful dvd. The story line is great and if you like Mark Twain you will definately like this movie. We saw it once on tv and then we had to be able to own the dvd so we can watch it whenever we want. This movie is for young teenagers and older people. The actors are great and the movie is both funny and intriguing. A must have film....James Garner does a wonderful portrail of Mark Twain...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keegan L. Gotto on May 23, 2009
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I saw this on TV and then bought it for my mother who's a 3rd grade teacher. The students loved it! Great for all ages. I've read the book and the movie probably only covers about 10% of the stuff that happens but they do a great job of making a good story with a moral message. A+! :)
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