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 Here is information about some of the best and most noteworthy film adaptations of Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • 1939
  • Director: Richard Thorpe
  • Rated G

This is a "wholesome" take on Twain's complex novel, intended for the entire family to enjoy. At only 90 minutes, much has been cut from the original story, and what remains has been tamed down for the popular tastes of the 1930s, especially in terms of the racial themes raised in the original work. The film stars Mickey Rooney as Huck, and Rex Ingram in a moving performance as Jim, the runaway slave.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • 1960
  • Director: Michael Curtiz
  • Rated G

This is a loose adaptation of the original work. In fact, some scenes in the movie are completely made up, and some of the main plot lines are simply glossed over. Even still, it gives viewers a general overview of the work and captures the time and place in which the story is set. The film features some fine acting, with Eddie Hodges as Huck, and former boxer Archie Moore playing Jim. Also stars Tony Randall in a silly performance as one of the con men that Huck and Jim encounter in their travels down the mighty Mississippi.

The Adventures of Huck Finn

  • 1993
  • Director: Stephen Sommers
  • Rated PG

While the story may not follow Twain's word for word, it does reinterpret the spirit of human nature and understanding that Mark Twain wrote about. Major events throughout the novel are depicted in the film, with some notable differences — Tom Sawyer never makes an appearance and the ending is completely different.

Tom and Huck

  • 1995
  • Rated PG

Featuring a young Jonathon Taylor Thomas, this film adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyerand The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn captured the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. The movie doesn't follow either novel with too much accuracy, but it does capture the youthful spontaneity. Wouldn't recommend using Tom and Huck for analysis, but it's still a delightful movie geared towards a youthful audience.