Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Are Adult Fugitives in ‘Band of Robbers’

  • September 22, 2022

You may know Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as teenage troublemakers from Mark Twain's novels, but the film Band of Robbers brings those characters into adulthood in this modern-day sequel.

Now available to stream for free on Reveel, Band of Robbers combines being a heist movie with a heavy dose of nostalgia.

Filmmaking brothers Adam and Aaron Nee, best known for their recent film The Lost City, wrote and directed Band of Robbers to be a refreshing twist on Mark Twain's story. The film takes the iconic characters from the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn novels and re-imagines them as adults in the current day.

The story is about petty criminal Huck Finn who hopes to leave his criminal life behind when he is released from prison, but his lifelong friend, and corrupt cop, Tom Sawyer, has other plans to find the hidden treasure that has eluded them since childhood.

Initially, Adam got the idea for Band of Robbers after auditioning for a movie adaptation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Adam was 21yrs old auditioning for the role of Huck, a 13-year-old kid. He was laughed out of the audition but the idea of an adult Huckleberry Finn sparked his interest and he ran with it to create Band of Robbers.

"Probably the biggest thing is just how much there is in those novels that’s precious to us and that we wanted to hold onto and put into a 90-minute movie. The challenge was finding that balance with pulling out the core essential things that we really valued in Mark Twain’s work and putting it together into something that stands on its own." - Aaron Nee

The star-studded cast includes Adam Nee as Tom Sawyer, Kyle Gallner as Huckleberry Finn, Matthew Gray Gubler as Joe Harper, Hannibal Buress as Ben Rogers, Melissa Benoist as Becky Thatcher, Eric Christian Olsen as Sid Sawyer, and Stephen Lang as Injun Joe.

Band of Robbers was released in 2015 and received many reviews comparing it to a Wes Anderson or Coen Brothers comedy. The comedy, acting performances, and unique premise are highly praised by audiences and critics alike.

Band of Robbers is available to watch anytime, anywhere for free on Reveel.

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