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Huckleberry Finn (1974)

In the 1840s Missouri, young boy Huckleberry Finn, wanting to escape his drunkard violent father, joins black runaway slave Jim on a quest for freedom down the Mississippi River on a raft.


J. Lee Thompson


Mark Twain (novel), Robert B. Sherman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff East ... Huckleberry Finn
Paul Winfield ... Jim
Harvey Korman ... The King
David Wayne ... The Duke
Arthur O'Connell ... Col. Grangerford
Gary Merrill ... Pap
Natalie Trundy ... Mrs. Loftus
Lucille Benson ... Widder Douglas
Kim O'Brien Kim O'Brien ... Maryjane Wilks
Jean Fay Jean Fay ... Susan Wilks
Ruby Leftwich Ruby Leftwich ... Miss Watson
Odessa Cleveland ... Jim's Wife
Joe Boris Joe Boris ... Jason
Danny Lantrip Danny Lantrip ... Kyle
Van Bennett Van Bennett ... Wayne


Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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The Greatest Of All American Adventure Stories. See more »


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Early drafts of the script contained the N-word identifying Jim (as does Twain's novel). Paul Winfield insisted that the word be dropped before he would agree to play Jim. See more »


Huckleberry Finn: Jim, your blood's red, same as mine.
Jim: You didn't know that before, Huck?
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Version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) See more »


Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Roberta Flack
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The optimism of Twain's work
5 September 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Mark Twain purists might take issue with the changes made in the story of the classic Huckleberry Finn. But I rather like the approach that was taken here and also the performance of Jeff East in the title role.

This was East's second film, he debuted the previous year in Tom Sawyer also playing Huck Finn. Later on he would be young Clark Kent in the blockbuster Superman film.

Harvey Korman and David Wayne are nothing short of brilliant as those two rogues the 'king' and the 'duke'. Both look like they are having a great old time. Gary Merrill is superb as Huck Finn's white trash Pap.

In this post civil rights era film particular emphasis is placed on Huck's relationship with runaway slave Jim with whom he shares that raft on the Mississppi. The optimism of Twain's work stems from the white trash background that Huck has, but that how he thinks and reasons and generally tries to rise above it. Some very good scenes are shared with East and with Paul Winfield as Jim.

The Sherman Brothers musical score is serviceable for the film, but nothing outstanding. The sets and cinematography really do convey life in the ante bellum souh and border states.

You can't go wrong with this adaption of Huckleberry Finn.

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Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: A Musical Adaptation See more »

Filming Locations:

Nauvoo, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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