THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (1993)
There have been several feature films based on Mark Twain’s celebrated novel about how a runaway slave named Jim coaxes the learned racism out of willful Missouri youth Huckleberry Finn as they travel together on a raft down the Mississippi river. The most recent version — starring a young Elijah Wood as Huck and Courtney B. Vance as Jim — denudes the story of its most controversial element, Twain’s habitual use of the N-word, and focuses instead on the “Adventures” of the title. (Disney produced it; try not to be shocked.) Still, Huck’s horror at realizing just how wrong slavery is after getting a look at Jim’s scarred back, and Vance’s quietly rich performance as Jim, give the film a thoughtful resonance beyond its rootin’, tootin’ thrills.