Tom Sawyer


1h 40m 1973
Tom Sawyer

Brief Synopsis

The classic American bad boy sails the Mississippi with his friend Huck Finn after their supposed deaths.

Film Details

Also Known As
Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer', A
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adventure
Musical
Release Date
Jun 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Country
United States
Location
Meramec Caverns, Missouri, USA; Arrow Rock, Missouri, USA; River scenes filmed from Cutoff Lake, Missouri, USA; Onondaga Cave, Missouri, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Musical version of the classic Mark Twain novel about Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and their adventures in nineteenth-century Missouri.

Film Details

Also Known As
Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer', A
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adventure
Musical
Release Date
Jun 1973
Premiere Information
not available
Country
United States
Location
Meramec Caverns, Missouri, USA; Arrow Rock, Missouri, USA; River scenes filmed from Cutoff Lake, Missouri, USA; Onondaga Cave, Missouri, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Costume Design

1974

Articles

Tom Sawyer (1973)


In Don Taylor's 1973 version of Mark Twain's beloved story of Tom Sawyer is an adorable ten-year-old Jodie Foster as little Becky Thatcher. This is the third film in the career of a gifted actress who was destined for stardom from the very start. Foster (honored at Telluride in 1991) first captured the public's attention as that little Coppertone girl in the suntan lotion commercials -the girl whose swimsuit was being pulled down by a dog. She went on to win minor roles in television series like The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972) until her major film debut the same year in Disney's Napoleon and Samantha (1972). Following that, Foster played several diverse juvenile roles, from Becky Thatcher in Tom Sawyer (1973) to her precocious tomboy in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1984). By the time she played Iris in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, she had become the most accomplished actress of her generation at the age of fourteen.

Tom Sawyer is an excellent showcase for the young Foster as well as a interesting interpretation of the Twain novel. It was shot on location in Missouri, features beautifully rendered sets and costumes from the period, and an Oscar® nominated music song by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, and John Williams. What, you didn't know Tom Sawyer was a musical? Some of the songs include "A Man's Gotta Be What He's Born to Be," "How Come?" and "River Song" which is sung by Charlie Pride.

Director: Don Taylor
Producer: Walter Bien
Screenplay: Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman
Cinematography: Frank Stanley
Music: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Editing: Marion Rothman
Production Design: Philip M. Jeffries
Cast: Johnny Whitaker (Tom Sawyer), Celeste Holm (Aunt Polly), Warren Oates (Muff Potter), Jodie Foster (Becky Thatcher), Jeff East (Huckleberry Finn), Henry Jones (Mr. Dobbins).
C-104m. Letterboxed.

by Rod Hollimon
Tom Sawyer (1973)

Tom Sawyer (1973)

In Don Taylor's 1973 version of Mark Twain's beloved story of Tom Sawyer is an adorable ten-year-old Jodie Foster as little Becky Thatcher. This is the third film in the career of a gifted actress who was destined for stardom from the very start. Foster (honored at Telluride in 1991) first captured the public's attention as that little Coppertone girl in the suntan lotion commercials -the girl whose swimsuit was being pulled down by a dog. She went on to win minor roles in television series like The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972) until her major film debut the same year in Disney's Napoleon and Samantha (1972). Following that, Foster played several diverse juvenile roles, from Becky Thatcher in Tom Sawyer (1973) to her precocious tomboy in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1984). By the time she played Iris in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, she had become the most accomplished actress of her generation at the age of fourteen. Tom Sawyer is an excellent showcase for the young Foster as well as a interesting interpretation of the Twain novel. It was shot on location in Missouri, features beautifully rendered sets and costumes from the period, and an Oscar® nominated music song by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, and John Williams. What, you didn't know Tom Sawyer was a musical? Some of the songs include "A Man's Gotta Be What He's Born to Be," "How Come?" and "River Song" which is sung by Charlie Pride. Director: Don Taylor Producer: Walter Bien Screenplay: Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman Cinematography: Frank Stanley Music: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman Editing: Marion Rothman Production Design: Philip M. Jeffries Cast: Johnny Whitaker (Tom Sawyer), Celeste Holm (Aunt Polly), Warren Oates (Muff Potter), Jodie Foster (Becky Thatcher), Jeff East (Huckleberry Finn), Henry Jones (Mr. Dobbins). C-104m. Letterboxed. by Rod Hollimon

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of a Blue Ribbon Award by the National Screening Council as an outstanding family movie.

Released in United States 1973

Based on Mark Twain's novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (San Francisco, 1876).

First musical film version of Tom Sawyer.

Holm's return to feature films after ten-year absence.

Film debut for East.

Screenwriting debuts for film composers Richard M and Robert B Sherman.

Released in United States 1973