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  • As a musical version - - - four stars
    Granted, this film diverts from Mark Twain's classic novel more often than it should.

    However, this is a musical.... and I hope will be judged as such.

    I was disappointed in the fact that the original story is quite diluted.... even to the point of having only two boys (Tom and Huck) run away to Jackson's Island, with no Joe Harper in sight.

    Yet I still enjoyed this film. The songs were fun and original, and admittedly, I'm a bit partial to musical productions anyway.

    Johnny Whitaker plays a believable "Tom", and Jeff East is well cast as the rugged "Huck". With a very young Jody Foster in the role of Tom's "Becky", the casting was above par.

    And although many aspects & elements of Twain's classic novel are missing from this rendition..... Tom is still that barefooted, mop-headed youngster - - full of mischief and quick to gain sympathy from even the most hard-hearted of souls... and this is the true character of a young Tom Sawyer.... whom even Samuel Clemens could not deny as an epitome of the semi-autobiographical boyhood novel he chose to create....more info
  • The best Tom Sawyer i ever saw.
    This movie was playing at Radio City Music Hall back in the days of the movie/stage show formt. It was also presented in 70mm on that huge Radio City screen. I remember how impressed i was with that opening scene with the steam boat going down the river and you see Tom running thru the field and the music builds more and more. Wow,,,,what a great movie!I've seen many versions of "Tom Sawyer" but this one seems to be the best ever brought to the screen. Maybe because it's a musical. Whatever made this so successful back then you will not be disappointed by it's gradure and scope. A must for ever American kid and adult too. This is as red, white and blue as it gets and now must be the most politically incorrect movie ever made. (hehe) Buy it before some group puts a ban on it. Which should want you to buy this for the kids even more. They don't make them like this anymore....more info
  • Very Please
    Very please with DVD.Arrived in record time.Excellent condition as brand new.Packaged great.Movie is great.Thanks.! Will order again.Thelma...more info
  • Okay
    This movie's okay. My kids like it. I just don't like the part where Becky and Tom kiss....more info
  • Take a Gander as Tom Sawyer Sings
    I hadn't heard of this 1973 movie version of the classic Mark Twain story until recently, but I absolutely had to see it. After all, it had music by the Sherman Brothers (best known for their work in Mary Poppins). And I love a good musical.

    The book stays very true to the novel. Tom Sawyer (Johnny Whitaker) is a young boy growing up in 1840's Hannibal, Missouri. An orphan, he's being raised by his Aunt Polly (Celeste Holm). And he is quite the handful. He regularly plays hooky to fish and swim with best pal Huckleberry Finn (Jeff East). He constantly lies to get out of trouble, too.

    Through this movie, we watch as Tom struggles with his conscience after witnessing a murder in the cemetery. He tricks the boys in town to white washing the fence for him. And he develops a crush on new girl Becky Thatcher (a young Jodie Foster). But will Injun Joe (Kunu Hank) get his sworn revenge on the boy?

    This movie is extremely faithful to the book, hitting all the highlights of the classic. Frankly, that was a problem for me since it took a little while to get going. Once I got into the story, I was hooked and really began to enjoy the tale. The scenery and costumes recreate the times well. And the acting was pretty good.

    Unfortunately, I found the songs disappointing. They weren't bad, but they weren't good either. They aren't especially memorable or singable, and they don't really advance the story. I would rather rewatch this movie for the characters and adventures then the songs.

    Despite that rather major flaw for a musical, I must admit to enjoying it. It has a sweetness and innocence that I enjoyed. And the songs are easy to overlook since they aren't a major part of the movie. So if you are looking for a fun version of the classic tale, you can do much worse than this one....more info
  • BEWARE!! THIS IS **PAN & SCAN**
    According to a scan of the DVD's back, this film is NOT letterboxed, but Pan & Scan. SHame on MGM, what they did to "Hawaii" earlier this year, they are doing to this title....more info
  • AN AMERICAN CLASSIC TREASURE MOVIE
    READER'S DIGEST'S TOM SAWYER IS REALLY AN AMERICAN CLASSIC TREASURE. IT SHOULD BE RELEASED ON DVD FULLY REMASTERED WITH SOUVENIR PICTURE BOOKLET. I REMEMBER WHEN I SAW IT ON THAT 70MM SCREEN WITH FULL STEREO SOUND IN RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL WHEN IT FIRST WAS RELEASED. I RATED THIS MOVIE FULL 5 STARS. THEY SHOULD ALSO RELEASE THE SOUNDTRACK ON CD. ...more info
  • whatever
    this movie is like so the not so awesome.we are watching it in school(me go to mater dei academy)and when i go home my ears hurt so much from all the... singing.i wish it only had like no singing and like what is up with the charectors dos man it is like way out there if ya know what i'm sayin.so i would not like refer this to anyone.if yall wanna watch tom sawyer watch the one with jtt....more info
  • A Jonny Whitaker Fan
    I have been waiting for this movie to come out on dvd. I think the movie is a good one. Jonny Whitaker was great as Tom Sawyer and Jeff East was good as Huck Fun. All the actors were great. I own the tape and the dvd. I would recommend this movie to every one who likes tom sawyer and musicals....more info
  • Why only full screen?
    I, too, saw this wonderful movie when it first came out, and it was shown in the CinemaScope aspect ratio. I waited for years for the DVD to come out, and when it did, I ordered it immediately. It came today, and I am returning it tomorrow. I don't buy pan-and-scan versions of 'scope movies. I just assumed when I ordered it that it would be the widescreen version. Please beg MGM to issue a widescreen version! How could they ruin it like this?...more info
  • NOT PAN AND SCAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Once again, the idiots in charge of DVD at MGM/UA give us a pan and scan version of this wonderful, FILMED IN PANAVISION film. Why is it the laserdisc version was not only letterbox, but had the Overture as well ????? What happened with the DVD ????? STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE, unless you can track down an old Laserdisc copy. WAKE UP MGM/UA !!!!!!!! ...more info
  • Why no Widescreen?
    I would love to buy this movie as I have been to Hannibal Missouri and been to all the Mark Twain atractions.To buy this movie would be a real treat but if it's Pan&Scan forget it! I dont buy full screen movies! Unless it's made for TV.I think MGM should of included a widescreen version of the movie.What a joke!...more info
  • Wonderful film! Terrible DVD.
    This is a favorite from my childhood. I saw it in the theatre when it was first released, and I owned the album and the (widescreen) laser disc.

    I was so disappointed to see that this was a full frame transfer, and a lousy one at that! One of the biggest thrills of this movie was its wide open vistas of the Mississippi River and the wonderful cinematography. This DVD release from MGM/UA is grainy, dark and at times fuzzy. The sound is terrible too, and it was terrific on the laser disc in 5.1 surround. You're missing the wonderful, detailed orchestrations by John Williams of the tuneful Sherman Brothers score. I would only recommend this DVD to you if you HAVE to own a copy of it, even a bad one. I suppose it's better than nothing at all. But not by much.

    My hope is now that Fox owns the MGM/UA library they will properly restore and release this movie, with a remastered soundtrack and interviews with Whitaker, Foster and East. It was a hit, back in the day. Nominated for 3 Oscars, a favorite from my childhood, and I'd like to see it given the treatment it richly deserves....more info
  • A Great Film For a Young Boy...
    I was seven years old when I first saw this film in a theatre in 1973. I never forgot it. Regardless of what the "high-brow" literary-types say about the screenplay abandoning Twain's original story, this is a terrific film for the young boy in your life who's beginning to notice the wonder of the world around him.

    As for the music, I don't think you could ask for more than the Oscar-winning duo who provided the tunes for most of Disney's movies for years, Richard and Robert Sherman.

    Then there's the film's cast, most of whom have gone on to bigger and better things: Remember 'Sgt. Hulka' from "Stripes"? or Jeff East who plays Huck? Not to mention little Jodie Foster. It's worth buying the film just to see them when they were younger...

    Truly a great film with all the mischief and awe and fun that a young boy dreams of enjoying before he's forced to grow up!...more info

  • Tom Sawyer
    Definitely not as described. No refund. No contact from the seller. DO NOT trust this item's description!...more info
  • ANOTHER PAN & SCAN TRAVESTY
    MGM issued this on laserdisc a few years back in letterbox format, and an audio commentary track with Johnny Whitaker. It takes them THIS long to get the movie out on DVD, and when they finally do they use a PAN & SCAN transfer, and don't include the commentary track! Thanks for nothing MGM, time to hunt down that laserdisc....more info
  • Shame on MGM - Waste of Panavision
    I agree with all of the others about the Pan and Scan travesty. One of the things I loved about this movie was the beautiful 70 mm cinematography. I couldn't wait for this to come to DVD and they ruined it. One of my favorite movies as a child. Make sure to go to [...]/dvd to let them know your displeasure. Maybe they will stop releasing poor quality versions of movies on DVD. I am giving the DVD 3 stars only so that others who have never seen it will realize that the movie itself is wonderful - 4 or 5 stars....more info