Film Info: TOM SAWYER

TOM SAWYER

TOM SAWYER
Scene from TOM SAWYER (photo © Majestic Filmverleih/Bernd Spauke)

Tom Sawyer has nothing but pranks and mischief on his mind – much to the distress of his aunt Polly, with whom he and his step-brother Sid live in the little town of St. Petersburg on the Mississippi. Although he’s a tough nut to crack, Polly has taken it upon herself to raise Tom to be a responsible, decent person. Luckily for Tom, he has a friend who loves adventures as much as he does, Huck Finn. Tom and the orphan boy, who lives in a barrel at the edge of town, spend every free minute together. Only one very exceptional girl manages to take Tom’s mind off of his gallivanting around with Huck: Becky Thatcher, the daughter of the new judge of St. Petersburg, who has just moved into town. Tom does everything possible to impress her with his "heroic deeds."

One day, one of their missions takes Tom and Huck to the town’s cemetery at midnight. Lo and behold, they aren’t the only ones haunting the cemetery in the dead of night: they unwittingly see Injun Joe, a fear-inspiring fellow who’s long been up to no good in St. Petersburg, commit a brutal murder and then frame the slightly daft, drunken but innocent casket-maker Muff Potter. What are they to do? Their courage is put to a demanding and dangerous test...


Hermine Huntgeburth studied Film at the Hamburg Hochschule für Bildende Künste and in Sydney/Australia. After working on several short and documentary films, she was awarded the German Film Award for Best Newcomer Director in 1991 for her directorial feature film debut IM KREIS DER LIEBEN, followed by such award-winning television films as EIN FALSCHER SCHRITT (1994), GEFÄHRLICHE FREUNDIN (1996), UND ALLES WEGEN MAMA (1998), DER HAHN IST TOT (1999), DIE STUNDE DES WOLFS (1999), ROMEO (2001), EVA BLOND UND DER ZWERG IM SCHLIESSFACH (2003), DER BOXER UND DIE FRISEUSE (2004), and the two-part TV series TEUFELSBRATEN (2007). Among her feature film credits are popular hits such as TRIO (1998), BIBI BLOCKSBERG (2002), THE WHITE MASAI (2005), EFFI BRIEST (2009), TOM SAWYER (2011), and THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (2012).
Genre Family Entertainment, Children & Youth
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Hermine Huntgeburth
Screenplay Sascha Arango
Cinematography Ngo The Chau
Cast Louis Hofmann, Leon Seidel, Heike Makatsch, Benno Fürmann, Joachim Król, Peter Lohmeyer, Hinnerk Schönemann
Producer Boris Schönfelder
Co-Producers Michael Kölmel, Benjamin Herrmann
Production Company Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Filmaufbau/Leipzig, Majestic Filmproduktion/Berlin
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Zlin 2012, Transilvania IFF Cluj 2012, BUSTER Copenhagen 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Nordmedia, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih/Berlin

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