Always in a bind, Huckleberry Finn (Ron Howard) has learned to think on his feet. When his drunken father kidnaps him, Huck fakes his own death and escapes down the wild Mississippi. While on the run, Huck teams up with his old friend, Jim, a slave headed to free territory. Together they encounter every kind of adventure imaginable—from a hoax involving a pair of lying crooks, to hunters looking for the runaway Jim, and even a dangerous escapade with Huckleberry’s pal, Tom Sawyer.
Huck Finn more often than not finds himself in a bind – and not always of his own making. His drunken father, known as “Pap”, kidnaps him from the street and locks him in ramshackle quarters near the Mississippi River. The film portrays Huck’s father as he is- a troubled, drunken man with his own unhappiness and unkindness permeating each interaction with his son. He threatens to “flay the skin from you inch by inch” and attempts to subdue his plucky boy with fists and a leather strap.
Huck is quick-witted and puts together a plan to escape his father’s grasp when Pap heads to town for more liquor. He fakes his own death and slips into the river on a raft escaping certain hardships at the hand of his father, but now finds himself facing more challenges along the way!
He discovers an old friend, Jim, an escaping slave from his home town who is on a journey of his own toward freedom. Together they stumble upon adventure at every turn- from lying swindlers, slave hunters looking for Jim and dangerous escapades at every turn. They even have an unexpected encounter with Huck’s friend, Tom Sawyer, who is more than happy to join their fray.
While Huck is willing to help Jim escape, he must lie to prevent Jim’s discovery from those that pursue him. These two friends encounter several swindling crooks and are forced into helping them in their dastardly and crooked pursuit of gain at the expense of others! Huck and Jim look for ways to reveal the swindlers’ intention, protect innocent people and save their own skin too!
Friendship, dedication, resilience and having a dream bigger than your circumstances are wonderful themes woven throughout this classic telling of Mark Twain’s writing and brought to life on the screen. However, in spite of the wonderful qualities found in this film we regretfully are not able to present the Dove Seal to the DVD because of language.