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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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T.J. Lowther ...
Phillip 'Buzz' Perry
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Terry Pugh
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Tom Adler
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Dick Suttle
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Bobby Lee
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Bradley
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Gladys Perry
Leslie Flowers ...
Naomi Perry
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Ruth Perry
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Mr. Hughes
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Billy Reeves
Taylor Suzanna McBride ...
Tinkerbell
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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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prison | texas | on the run | violence | blood | See more »

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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

Opening Weekend:

£3,034,130 (UK) (14 January 1994)

Gross:

£4,092,432 (UK) (4 February 1994)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood was not originally going to act in the movie - Kevin Costner talked him into it. See more »

Goofs

Terry Pugh fires his revolver two times at the kidnap site, two times at the water tank and shoots two bullets through the car roof. So the revolver is empty when Phillip has to aim it at Pugh. When Pugh recovers the revolver he checks to see whether it is really empty. It is, but not only the bullets but also the empty shells are gone. 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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Ida Red
Performed by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Courtesy of Bill Mack Productions
Arranged by Bob Wills
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Waltz Across Texas
20 June 2006 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

An intelligent and resourceful prison escapee named Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner) takes an eight-year-old boy (T.J. Lowther) hostage, as Haynes roams across Texas in the early 1960s. Meanwhile, the authorities, headed by a Texas Ranger (Clint Eastwood), set out to capture Haynes, in an Airstream trailer.

Costner does a fine job as Haynes, an interesting character who happens to like waltz music. Lowther is equally good in his role, a boy who comes from a family whose religious beliefs are quite strict. On their sojourn, the boy acquires, and sometimes wears, a Casper-the-friendly-ghost mask, a symbol of childhood innocence that contrasts nicely with the seriousness of a dangerous hostage situation.

The relationship between Haynes and the kid evolves into a kind of father-son union, wherein Haynes does most of the talking, and the kid reacts, usually with clever, nonverbal expressions. It's a good acting arrangement that plays up the strengths of both actors. It's the best element of the film.

Throughout their odyssey, a collection of oldies pop songs helps to capture the early 1960's era, though I could have wished that the volume had been turned up. Haynes' goal is Alaska, but he doesn't quite get there, and the film ends much more interestingly than it began.

The main problem with the film is the plot. It gets off to a hokey, contrived start. And, throughout the film, the law enforcement component does not work at all. It comes across as stereotyped, irritating, unnecessary, and it is not funny despite attempts to make it funny. You get the feeling you're watching reruns of "The Dukes Of Hazard", especially with that corny trailer.

Even so, the film is worth watching, for the acting accomplishments of Costner and Lowther, and for the interesting dialogue that takes place between their two characters.


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