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Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is a 1982 American made-for-television adventure film originally broadcast February 27, 1982 on CBS as the TV Movie of the Week. CBS financed the film with a $2.2 million budget and the working title was The Further Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The film was shot on location in Natchez, Mississippi in the fall of 1981 where the filmmakers added dirt to the street of the historic town. The movie features early roles for Cynthia Nixon and Anthony Michael Hall (co-starring as Huck). It was the first major role for then-child actor and future award-winning filmmaker Patrick Creadon who starred as Tom. The teleplay was written by Carlos Davis and David Taylor. It was directed by Dick Lowry and produced by his brother Hunt Lowry.

Plot

The movie is set shortly after the ending of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as St. Petersburg prepares for its 50th anniversary. Although billed as a sequel, the teleplay includes several elements of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Huckleberry bristling at the Widow Douglas' attempts to civilize him; Tom being caught by Aunt Polly while eating stolen jam; Tom and Huck's mysterious disappearance alarming the town; Tom eagerly smoking Huck's corncob pipe and getting sick; a scary journey through perilous caverns; an elaborate scheme to save a slave, etc.