I can't add much to the other reviews but wanted to throw in my support for a remake of this movie. After finally getting around to reading the Newbery Honor book, I *so* wanted to like the movie but am sad to report that it fell short of my high expectations. Instead, I watched in disappointment as a boy I had imagined as a quiet, intense loner turn out to be Beaver Cleaver.
I realize "the times" probably caused some of the changes they made, but I think we can trust today's adolescents not to run away to live on a mountain. Remake it, Disney, and do it true to the book this time!! Don't make Bando seem like a scary child molester, don't give Sam a "reason" to go out on his own (algae experiments?? was that in the book?), don't give him a pet raccoon, don't make him go home at the end, and above all, DON'T kill Frightful!
Anyone else ever catch Sam happily pronouncing lichen as "LITCH-en"? When I realized what he had tried to say, I was stunned. Did no one at the studio even know what this word was?
Sam was believable, he just had a bad script. 3 stars for effort.