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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:
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Tom Adler
Paul Hewitt ...
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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Clint Eastwood only has 26 minutes of screen time prior to the final showdown. He has approximately 43 total. See more »


The child in the film, the son of a devout Jehovah's Witness, says "I'm going to go to hell for this," after stealing a Halloween costume. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the concept of hell. See more »


Terry Pugh: [after getting kicked in the head by Butch] I'm bleeding, you happy?
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Featured in A Century of Cinema (1994) See more »


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4 May 2003 | by (Ljubljana, Slovenija) – See all my reviews

And certainly one of the most underrated pictures on IMDB. Why? Beats me, since this is one of the best performances from Costner & Eastwood. Not to mention the others.

Maybe it's the movie a little bit slow at start, but soon we get too see a strong character development, what leads us to the grand finale, where we cheer for the outlaw and his little "partner" (also very good performance by T.J. Lowther). The ending is undoubtedly one of the most touching in the history of cinema.

All in all, Costner did great both as director and actor and he had a winning hand picking up co-actors and screen & music writers. Plus, he made this movie in the nineties era, one of the best, if not the best for Hollywood movies.

That's for it's just pure classic. Just like the Texas landscape where it was taken.

9 out of 10.

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