The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

DVD Release: September 4, 2012
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


In his small Missouri town, Tom Sawyer is a big troublemaker. When he’s not tricking others into doing his work, he’s upsetting his Aunt Polly, or wooing his young love, Becky. But sometimes Tom’s mischief gets him in over his head, and when he and his pal, Huckleberry Finn, witness a murder, they take a vow of silence and head down the river on a raft. The whole town believes they’re dead, so when the boys return, they’re in a world of trouble. But trouble’s just begun because now the graveyard murder has gone to trial…

Dove Review

Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer is brought to life in this rollicking account of mischief and misadventure. When he is not tricking someone else into doing his work Tom is irritating Aunt Polly with his antics and stirring up a boiling pot of woe for everyone else he meets! He is smitten for his young love Becky Thatcher and goes to great lengths to win her heart, trying to put his best foot forward as he does. While his actions may cause disarray for them on occasion, we see tenderness in him -a direct contrast to the troublemaking that often follows in his wake on a moment by moment basis! He puts himself in harm’s way to protect her and even takes a punishment meant for her.

Tom’s frolics and his friendship with Huck Finn result in a chain of events that get them in over their heads when they witness a murder and vow to keep it to themselves. They decide to head down the river on a raft and leave trouble behind … unfortunately trouble finds them wherever they go and now the whole town thinks they are dead, drowned in the mighty Mississippi.

The story line is engaging as expected from Mark Twain’s classic tale. While the film portrays a great deal of yelling, slapping and “old fashion” discipline that is not uncharacteristic of the time in which this story is set, it may be uncomfortable for young children and parents are cautioned to be aware of its presence. It is also notable there is a cemetery setting with some talk of body snatching, the devil “coming” after someone and grave robbing.

Families will be drawn back in time as they enjoy the antics and actions of this animated young boy and his pal in their small Missouri town. Laughter abounds and the tale is timeless and we are happy to approve this film for viewers 12 and over.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A small kiss on the check between young boy and young girl.
Language: “By God”-1
Violence: A character brandishes a knife several times, used to kill a man, and thrown at a child; a child’s caretaker strikes him in discipline on several occasions; teacher strikes child with a switch stick for discipline.
Drugs: alcohol abuse by several characters that are shown intoxicated and swigging from a jug.
Nudity: None
Other: Disobedience and childhood mischief with consequences; characters are in a cemetery robbing graves where a knife killing takes place; there is talk of the devil coming after someone after they have died and of body snatching; an Indian is referred to as ‘half-breed”.


Company: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Director: Norman Taurog
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: Not
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens