Entertainment Weekly - 05/03/1996
"...This umpteenth adaptation of Mark Twain's classic THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER should rope in both [boys and girls]..." -- Rating: B
Variety - 01/01/1996
"...A first-rate job of evoking a strong period flavor..."
Disney's live-action adaptation of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" follows the exploits of Tom and Huck as they witness a murder, fake their own drowning in fear of Injun' Joe, search for hidden treasure and finally return to Hannibal, MO to do the right thing.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Tom And Huck
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (HOME IMPROVEMENT) stars as America's greatest teenage hero -- Tom Sawyer! No boy ever had so much fun, got into so much trouble, or had so many outrageous adventures! Disney's magic touch now turns Mark Twain's masterpiece into "An outstanding classic adventure film" (Kids News Network). Tom and his rebellious friend Huck (Brad Renfro) witness a midnight killing. They swear not to reveal what they saw -- but that causes a real problem. If Tom doesn't speak up, an innocent friend may be hanged. But if he does tell the truth, the real killer, knife-throwing Injun Joe, will come after him! TOM AND HUCK has it all -- a treasure hunt, a haunted house, a courtroom showdown, a scary chase in a cave, and a valuable lesson for young Tom: when a friend's in trouble, you don't run away! Now one of the world's great stories becomes a great addition to your family's Disney library!
Walt Disney Pictures produced this version of Mark Twain's beloved novel, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Young friends Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are once again causing mischief in 1840's Hannibal, Missouri. However, the boys run into even more trouble than they bargained for after they witness Injun Joe kill a man late one night. Although the two friends take an oath of secrecy, Tom reveals the killer's identity to save an innocent man from being sent to prison. But Injun Joe avoids capture and goes after Huck, Tom and Tom's girlfriend, Becky Thatcher. The film's exciting climax has the youngsters facing the murderer in a creepy cave.