I enjoyed this movie that I found on You Tube. It was very close to the book and had good atmospherics. However there was something that didn't quite work for me. Having given it some thought, and in watching some modern TV, the acting style in this movie was too reminiscent of soap operas. Not that it was melodramatic or anything like that, it just rang false.
The reason I went for the 1974 version was that it was in colour. I'm now thinking that Richard Thomas as "the youth" aka Henry Fleming, looks better in black and white rather than blue and gray.
Next is to watch the 1951 version, available on You Tube.