Band of Robbers is a 2015 American crime comedy film written and directed by brothers Aaron and Adam Nee based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In this modern-day retelling, the two iconic rascals are grown up and small-time crooks still searching for the fabled Murrell’s treasure that has eluded them since childhood. The story draws heavily from Twain’s classic novels, including characters, plot twists and even dialogue.
When Huck Finn (Kyle Gallner) is released from jail he is greeted by his life-long friend, Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee), now an underachieving cop who just can’t let go of their childhood dreams of wealth and glory. Tom convinces the reluctant Huck and their bumbling friends Joe Harper (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Ben Rogers (Hannibal Buress) to rob a pawnshop where their friend and contact, the alcoholic vagrant Muff Potter (Cooper Huckabee), believes Injun Joe, (Stephen Lang), a savage and murderous white career criminal who admires and appropriates Native American culture, has hidden Murrell’s treasure. Tom explains that robbing bad guys makes them the good guys. Things get complicated when Tom’s commander assigns him to train Becky Thatcher (Melissa Benoist), an eager-to-please rookie partner, and the hung-over band of robbers’ heist goes awry. But that doesn’t stop Tom; instead, he leads the band on a wild treasure hunt from one mysterious clue to another. When Huck’s friend, Mexican day laborer Jorge Jiminez (Daniel Edward Mora), is mistaken as part of the band’s activities and arrested, Huck and Tom, on the run from a vengeful Injun Joe and the police, lead the band on a mission to rescue him and be “heroes”.