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A Perfect World (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  24 November 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Lowther ...
Phillip 'Buzz' Perry
Terry Pugh
Tom Adler
Paul Hewitt ...
Dick Suttle
Bobby Lee
Gladys Perry
Leslie Flowers ...
Naomi Perry
Belinda Flowers ...
Ruth Perry
Mr. Hughes
Jay Whiteaker ...
Billy Reeves
Taylor Suzanna McBride ...


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,034,130 (UK) (14 January 1994)


£4,092,432 (UK) (4 February 1994)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Clint Eastwood directed - and co-starred with Kevin Costner in this film - Costner hasn't yet done the same with Eastwood. Whether or not this will ever happen remains to be seen. See more »


It's implied that Jehovah's Witnesses don't watch television; Jehovah's Witnesses do not have any objections towards watching television as long as its non-violent and non-sexual content. See more »


Robert 'Butch' Haynes: You know, Phillip, you have a goddamned red, white and blue American right to eat cotton candy and ride roller coasters.
Phillip 'Buzz' Perry: I do?
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Hell, yes, you do!
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Please Help Me, I'm Falling (in Love with You)
Written by Don Robertson and Hal Blair
Performed by Hank Locklin
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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A Perfect World; An Idealistic Movie
6 February 2005 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

Excellent movies have everything right with them - from the scenery to the director. This movie has it all except the plot is too idealistic for my taste. Granted a story can have any plot the author decides, but this one plays on false stereotypes just like other Hollywood movies, e.g. the "noble" savage. (There is no such thing - individuals may be noble, but not an entire nation. This is why "To Kill a Mocking Bird" is so powerful - the main noble character is surrounded by real people

  • at least as real as a movie will allow them to be.) And so it doesn't

go with "A Perfect World." The main character is surrounded by louts brutes and ignoramuses.

However, was the movie entertaining? Was it well directed, cast, acted, and lit? You bet. One of Mr. Eastwood's best. 10/10.


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