1995 Certificate: pg

Synopsis

Director Peter Hewitt brings out the darker elements of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, playing down its sentimentality but stressing the moral and eerie sides of the tale. Tom (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and orphan boy Huck (Brad Renfro) witness Injun Joe (Eric Schweig) killing the town undertaker in the local graveyard to get a treasure map. When Tom's buddy Muff Potter (Michael McShane) is wrongly accused, Tom has to decide whether to tell the truth... or risk the wrath of Injun Joe.

Director

  • Peter Hewitt

Cast

  • Brad Renfro

  • Rachael Leigh Cook

  • Eric Schweig

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Review

Friendship and loyalty are the themes here, as Jonathan Taylor Thomas's Tom Sawyer and Brad Renfro's Huck Finn face a life-or-death decision when they witness a killing.

Can they put fear aside and save an innocent man from the gallows?

Director Peter Hewitt brings out the darker elements of this robust Mark Twain story - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - playing down its sentimentality but stressing the moral and eerie sides of the tale.

The result is a good-looking, faithful and meticulously realised Disney adventure movie that's still relevant for today's young audiences.

The two lads do a decent job with their lead roles and Eric Schweig makes a splendidly creepy Injun Joe.