Wednesday, October 08, 2008
1973's "Tom Sawyer"
Saw it again the other night. This film had seemingly vanished after it's theatrical run, but for some reason it's been on TV a lot lately. It's probably best known as one of Jodie Foster's first movies, and there's also the curious casting of Johnny Wittaker as Tom. I enjoy the movie for the great scenery, and for Warren Oates as Muff Potter and Celeste Holm as Aunt Polly. There's also the great courtroom scene with Injun Joe. But perhaps the most interesting thing about the movie is this: It's a musical, and yet it has the most unbelievably forgettable collection of songs in it. I've never before seen a musical where each song is INSTANTLY FORGOTTEN the moment it ends.