The Adventures of Huck Finn

1993

The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

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This eighth adaptation of the timeless Mark Twain novel casts Elijah Wood as Huckleberry Finn, the half-literate son of a drunk who runs away from home and follows the Mississippi River with an escaped slave named Jim (Courtney S. Vance). Along the way, the duo encounter adventures with colorful characters like The King (Jason Robards) and the Duke (Robbie Coltrane), two con men who impersonate British visitors in order to swindle two sisters out of their fortune, and Susan Wilks (Laura Bundy), the spunky 12-year-old girl who gives Huck his first kiss. Jim also re-educates Huck away from the racist views that he has grown up with. Not the most in-depth version of Twain's tale, The Adventures Of Huck Finn is a solid retelling of the classic story.

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Cast

Elijah Wood
as Huckleberry Finn
Jason Robards
as The King
Ron Perlman
as Pap Finn
Dana Ivey
as Widow Douglas
Anne Heche
as Mary Jane Wilks
James Gammon
as Dep. Hines
Paxton Whitehead
as Harvey Wilks
Tom Aldredge
as Dr. Robinson
Laura Bell Bundy
as Susan Wilks
Curtis Armstrong
as Country Jake
Mary Louise Wilson
as Miss Watson
Frances Conroy
as Scrawny Shanty Lady
Daniel Tamberelli
as Ben Rodgers
Denman Anderson
as Book Worm
Alex Zuckerman
as Joe Rodgers
Marian Zinser
as Levi Bell
Renée O'Connor
as Julia Wilks
Leon Russom
as Shanty Lady's Husband
Garette Ratliff Henson
as Billy Grangerford
Richard Anders
as Colonel Grangerford
Elaine Fjellman
as Miss Sophie Grangerford
Janet Shea
as Mother Grangerford
John Henry Scott
as Abe Turner
Paul Kropfl
as Campfire Man
Mark Allen Branson
as William Wilks
Gary Lee Davis
as 1st Fighting Man
Ben R. Scott
as 2nd Fighting Man
Russell Paul Parkerson
as The Fishing Boy
Paul Dewees
as Auctioneer
Evelyn B. Bunch
as Jingo Lady
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Writer-director Stephen Sommers has made a conventional literal film, in which the acting of the two leads never rises above the mediocre, thus failing to endow the tale with the stirring mood that it deserves.

Jul 3, 2005 | Rating: C+
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'90s Disney adaptation has some peril, violence.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a delightful romp. The director and adaptor, Stephen Sommers, has filleted the book's key episodes and presents them at a whirling, compulsive pace.

Dec 6, 2017 | Full Review…

A really enjoyable film, and a loyal recreation of the literary classic

Mar 11, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Twain's text defies all efforts to translate onto film. Without Huck's subjective narrative, the subtler points fall flat, leaving a drained and empty children's movie in its place.

Dec 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Huck Finn

I remember liking this much more as a kid. Now, I just find the beginning and middle incredibly slow - especially the Wilkes brothers' imbroglio. Perhaps my erstwhile liking of the whole is influenced by my absolute love for the heartbreaking scene in which Jim almost gets lynched after Huck gets shot. *Tears!*

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

One of my favorites when I was younger and it still holds up today. The landscape is beautiful and the acting is great. Elijah Wood gave an amazing performance as Huck Finn and completely embodied the character. Stephen Sommers made a fun and lovable story even more accessible.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

As it's based on one of my favorite books I watched this movie a lot when I was younger. It still holds up and has a cast that pulls off all the roles with ease.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

½

Even in the early Walt Disney adaptation of Mark Twain?s classic novel, Elijah Wood stands out to be a very worthy leading role. I have mixed feelings on this story, I understand the story depicts the timing and history of the tale, but as Walt Disney is aimed at kids, this may be a child?s first knowledge of slavery, I just wouldn?t want to be the one to have to explain it. I used to watch the series on television many years ago ? I hadn?t remembered the slave part and that really took the adventure out of how I'd remembered it.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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