The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993 film)

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The Adventures of Huck Finn
Adventures of huck finn.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Sommers
Produced by John Baldecchi
Steve White
Screenplay by Stephen Sommers
Based on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
by Mark Twain
Starring Elijah Wood
Courtney B. Vance
Jason Robards
Robbie Coltrane
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Bob Ducsay
Production
  company
Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 2, 1993 (1993-04-02)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6.5 million
Box office $24,103,594

The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures, and starring Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Jason Robards and Robbie Coltrane; it is based on Mark Twain's iconic novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, although it focuses almost exclusively on the first half of the book. The film follows a boy named Huckleberry Finn and an escaped slave named Jim, who travel the Mississippi River together and overcome various obstacles along the way.

The movie received a "PG" rating from the MPAA for some mild violence and language.

Plot[edit]

Huckleberry Finn (Elijah Wood), the half-literate son of a drunk (Ron Perlman), runs away from home and follows the Mississippi River with an escaped slave named Jim (Courtney B. Vance). Along the way, the duo encounter adventures with colorful characters like The Duke (Robbie Coltrane) and the King (Jason Robards), two con men who impersonate British visitors in order to swindle three sisters (Anne Heche, Renee O'Connor, Laura Bell Bundy) out of their fortune. Jim also re-educates Huck away from the racist views that he has grown up with.

Cast[edit]

Archie Moore, who played Jim in the 1960 version of the novel, appears in a cameo as a slave who warns Huck about the two feuding families, saying "lots of people are going to die today."

Production[edit]

The movie was filmed entirely in Natchez, Mississippi.

Reception[edit]

The Adventures of Huck Finn was a financial success, debuting at No.2 at the box office,[1] and grossing over $24 million against a $6.5 million budget.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics, and currently holds a 69% "fresh" rating at review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. Noted critic Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, writing "The story of Huck and Jim has been told in six or seven earlier movies, and now comes The Adventures of Huck Finn, a graceful and entertaining version by a young director named Stephen Sommers, who doesn't dwell on the film's humane message, but doesn't avoid it, either."[2]

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