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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 ...
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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 <>

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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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2.35 : 1
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Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood both received Best Director Oscars in the years shortly preceding this film. Both of their respective films ( Dances with Wolves (1990) and Unforgiven (1992) ) were westerns. Consequently, this marks perhaps the only time in film history when two such Oscar-winning directors co-starred as actors in the same film. (Also: see Chinatown (1974) Trivia.) See more »


The station wagon Butch steals is a either an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser or its twin the Buick Skylark Sports Wagon, easily identified by the glass "skylights" around the edge of the roof. However these cars were not introduced until February of 1964. Earlier in the movie a reference is made to an upcoming visit to Dallas by President Kennedy, so the car could not exist during the time frame of the movie. See more »


Terry Pugh: [after failing to find his cousin in a phonebook] Must've moved. Probably couldn't have heard him anyway, this goddamn ear's still bleedin'. Don't you ever try that shit again.
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: [sternly] What?
Terry Pugh: [puzzled] What?
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: You were in the middle of threatening me.
Terry Pugh: Ain't a threat.
[holds up a pistol]
Terry Pugh: It's a fact.
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Here, kid, take the wheel.
[Phillip grabs the wheel as Butch turns to face Pugh in the back seat]
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: In two seconds, I'm gonna break your nose. That's a threat.
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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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