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      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

      Released Aug 3, 1960 1h 47m Comedy Drama List
      60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 38% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Young adventurer Huckleberry Finn (Eddie Hodges) yearns for some excitement in his life. When his drunken father (Neville Brand) kidnaps him, Huck fakes his own death and escapes on a raft with Jim (Archie Moore), a slave running away from his master. As the two outlaws float down the Mississippi River, they develop an unexpected friendship and also encounter many odd characters, including two con men (Tony Randall, Mickey Shaughnessy), a pair of feuding families and an outrageous circus. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 3/5 Sep 3, 2004 Full Review Jet Staff Jet Magazine A cinematic treatment which, though not free of blemishes, is nonetheless walloping good entertainment. Jan 16, 2024 Full Review Dwight MacDonald Esquire Magazine A soggy, vulgar rendering of a great book, at once overblown and empty. Jul 16, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 3, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Colorful family adventure based on Twain's classic Rated: 3/5 Oct 24, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Great film with unapologetic historical clarity and refreshingly not politically correct. Great movie about great times when we could be outspoken and slightly irreverent without repecusion of todays extreme idiologies...our wives had apple pie waiting for us on the table. great must watch for todays climate! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member twain's novel getas the MGM treatment minus the sociological subtext. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Just saw this whole movie on TCM. It is so cute! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member A delightfully old-fashioned adventure that I seem to appreciate more than the novel. It's as lively as it is family-friendly, but it seems to work better that way. Huck Finn is living with the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, being raised as a "sivilized" young man. His father comes out and abducts him. However, Huck escapes. Running away with his slave friend/coworker Jim, he goes on quite a set of exciting escapades. It's quite promising in the beginning, having warm Southern charm and sheer whimsy in Technicolor glory. The actors, especially Jim, do a splendid job. Some of the things that occur are humorous, such as Buster Keaton's cameo, the King and Dauphin's exchange, and whatnot. A fine score, steady direction, and a mostly good translation keep things afloat. Without the darker edges or "satire", the film is enhanced because that stuff only got in the way of the story it was telling. Emphasis on <b>mostly</b> in the good translation part. I read only part of it, but they excised Tom Sawyer. I can understand that they're trying to make it stand on its own, but... he played a pivotal role in the book! Sometimes, it can get very slow and boring. At other intervals, it feels excessive. Worst of all, it lacks a sense of fun, making the exchanges seem too pale, as well as excitement, making the climax feel too rushed and lazy. Overall, nothing classic, but this is an adaptation that works best because it is without the political bent. Roll over if you want, Mr. Twain, but your average book is best when condensed. This movie is a prime example of that, warts and all. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member To be honest. I liked it. U thought that it would be boring but it was fine. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member This was a last minute substitution at the film festival and completely acceptable. I really enjoyed it. The performances are about what you would expect from a film made in the 1960's with the exception of Archie Moore who plays a lovely and convincing Jim. A shame he was working in the 60's. I am sure if he was working now, you would see a lot more of him. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Young adventurer Huckleberry Finn (Eddie Hodges) yearns for some excitement in his life. When his drunken father (Neville Brand) kidnaps him, Huck fakes his own death and escapes on a raft with Jim (Archie Moore), a slave running away from his master. As the two outlaws float down the Mississippi River, they develop an unexpected friendship and also encounter many odd characters, including two con men (Tony Randall, Mickey Shaughnessy), a pair of feuding families and an outrageous circus.
      Director
      Michael Curtiz
      Producer
      Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
      Screenwriter
      Mark Twain, James Lee
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Loew's Inc.
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 3, 1960, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 47m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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