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A Perfect World (1993)

A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.

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Storyline

After escaping from a Huntsville prison, convict Butch Haynes and his partner Terry Pugh kidnap a young boy, Philip Perry, and flee across Texas. As they travel together, Butch and Philip discover common bonds and suffer the abuses of the outside "Perfect World." In pursuit is Texas Ranger "Red" Garnett and criminologist Sally Gerber. Written by James Yu <jamestyu@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un mundo perfecto  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,034,130 (UK) (14 January 1994)

Gross:

$31,160,784 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Critic Mitch Lovell of Legends of the Silver Screen Reviews, wrote rather humourously of A Perfect World (1993), the following extract: "A Perfect World is also one of those Heat type deals where they put two dynamic actors in the same movie and then only give them the briefest amount of screen time possible. And I don't know about you, but that kind of shit always pisses me off". See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in autumn, as shown by the opening scenes of costumed kids out on Halloween night. Yet throughout the movie, all the grass and trees are bright green, indicating spring or summer. See more »

Quotes

Phillip 'Buzz' Perry: [after Pugh snatches the car keys] Why'd he take the keys?
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: So I won't leave him.
Phillip 'Buzz' Perry: Would you leave him?
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Oh, yeah.
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Referenced in La forza del passato (2002) See more »

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Dark Moon
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Bonnie & Clyde (1967), Thelma & Louise (1991), and now Butch & Buzz (1993)
25 September 2008 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Costner and Eastwood confront each other in A Perfect World with a very ordinarily written cat and rat movie. We've seen the same plot many times before and after 1993. Eastwood plays the cat, and Costner does the rat. However, Eastwood directs it at a high emotional level; giving its viewers much inspiration of love and joy, offering a great deal of fun and humour, especially pointing the importance of family. To the effect that, the title should have been "A PERFECT FAMILY" or "A PERFECT FATHER". I'm sure though, Eastwood must have considered these options of titling the movie. If he chose to go with "A PERFECT WORLD"; for me, it means that even a shifty criminal man can raise a child better than a moralist bona fide housekeeper can, at some point.

The story takes place in 1960s' Texas. Butch(Costner) is an escaped convict out of a perforce criminal. After he and his partner escape from prison, they begin to outlaw the law. As a celebration of their freedom, they supersede their own law of crime. They first planned to escape to Mexico, but the plans changed when they kidnapped a 8 year old boy. Butch's partner doesn't like the boy as he likes. So they break with each other, and Butch stays with the boy. When the Texas police are alerted of the kidnapping, police chief Garnett(Eastwood) and his officers start to chase Butch to rescue the boy. Whereas, the boy finds Butch close to him both as a hero in his dreams and as a father in his heart. The time when Butch takes the boy to buy him new clothes, which he chose to wear Casper costume, Butch names the kid Buzz. Butch wants him to be happy for he has never had the chance to be before; and Buzz turns out to be cheery as he found a daemon turning his wishes into reality. Together they formed a legendary couple like Bonnie&Clyde, like Thelma&Louise and the same bottom line was awaiting for them as Bonnie&Clyde, as Thelma&Louise.

A Perfect World is truly an Eastwood classic. His style of script, his style of action, his style of simplicity and the love of the guns for sure loom large. Fundamentally like every Eastwood movie out of A Perfect World we obtain an opinion. So we never regret seeing A Perfect World for one time. This would be a good choice to watch with your whole family together.


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