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Tom Sawyer (1973)

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral, and witnessing a murder.

Director:

Don Taylor

Writers:

Mark Twain (novel), Robert B. Sherman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Whitaker ... Tom Sawyer
Celeste Holm ... Aunt Polly
Warren Oates ... Muff Potter
Jeff East ... Huckleberry Finn
Jodie Foster ... Becky Thatcher
Lucille Benson ... Widder Martha Douglas
Henry Jones ... Mr. Dobbins
Noah Keen ... Judge Cyrus Thatcher
Dub Taylor ... Clayton
Richard Eastham ... Doctor P. R. Robinson
Sandy Kenyon ... Constable Clemmens
Joshua Hill Lewis Joshua Hill Lewis ... Cousin Sidney
Susan Joyce Susan Joyce ... Cousin Mary
Steve Hogg Steve Hogg ... Ben Rogers
Sean Summers Sean Summers ... Billy Fisher
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Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral, and witnessing a murder.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The Great Family Musical! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer' See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman started working on this musical adaptation of the Mark Twain classic in 1968. See more »

Goofs

Injun Joe leaps out of the courtroom window and lands on the ground. When he gets up and starts to run, the covering used to hide whatever soft surface he landed on flips up for a second. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Sawyer: Hello Huckleberry.
Huckleberry Finn: How come you're playin' hooky?
Tom Sawyer: Same as you.
Huckleberry Finn: Never spent a day in school in my life.
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Connections

Version of Kraft Theatre: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

How Come?
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Johnny Whitaker
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Mark Twain would have liked this one.
20 January 2001 | by dsayneSee all my reviews

This film captures the essence of Tom Sawyer. The wonder and freedom of childhood, and the struggles of growing up. Johnny Whitaker gives the best performance of his career, portraying Tom as mischievous and clever, yet lovable and innocent. This is not the Tom so often portrayed in films, who is a conniving brat. This is the Tom of the book who gets in trouble because he is curious and adventurous, whose mind wanders in church and school, and who stretches the truth or even fibs without malicious intent.

The rest of the cast is excellent, The production appears to be on location and is very authentic, and the music is well done. This is a true musical in that the lyrics serve to move the story along. If you like musicals, this is for you. If you don't, then concentrate on the lyrics and what they are telling you about the central character.

The book is timeless because of it's universal theme, the glory days of childhood. The Movie captures that. It will bring a tear to your eye as you hear the theme song "...a boy is gonna grow to be a man, be a man. Only once in his life is he free. Only one golden time in his life is he free."


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