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Tom Sawyer

DVD cover
Directed by Don Taylor
Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs
Frank Capra, Jr.
Written by Mark Twain (novel)
Robert B. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
Starring Johnny Whitaker
Celeste Holm
Warren Oates
Jeff East
Jodie Foster
Music by Score:
John Williams
Robert B. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Editing by Marion Rothman
Distributed by United Artists
Reader's Digest
Release date(s) March 15, 1973
Running time 104 min.
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Huckleberry Finn

Tom Sawyer was a 1973 theatrical version of the Mark Twain boyhood adventure story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It starred Johnny Whitaker as Tom Sawyer, Jodie Foster as Becky Thatcher and Jeff East as Huckleberry Finn. Native American actor Kunu Hank whose birth name was Henry O' Brien took the role of Injun Joe.

The movie was produced by Reader's Digest. Along with the Twain story, the film was also a musical, with screenplay and songs by the "Sherman Brothers," aka Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman. Charlie Pride performed the opening tune "River Song". The film garnered some scandal as both boy actors appeared nude in the "Freebootin'" segment. This was shot in Arrow Rock, Missouri and Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri. Another similar film was released on television that same year which was shot in Upper Canada Village.

Huckleberry Finn was the follow-up film to it, that came out the next year.



Award nominations

In 1974, the Sherman Brothers, along with John Williams, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. The trio would later be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation. Tom Sawyer also received Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Philip M. Jeffries, Robert De Vestel) and Best Costume Design.[1]


  1. "Tom Sawyer"
  2. "River Song"
  3. "How Come?"
  4. "Gratifaction"
  5. "If'n I Was God"
  6. "A Man's Gotta Be (What He's Born To Be)"
  7. "Hannibal, Mo(Zour-Ee)"
  8. "Freebootin'"
  9. "Aunt Polly's Soliloquy"

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