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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?


Both Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood have co-starred with Rene Russo: Tin Cup (1996) and In the Line of Fire (1993) respectively. 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 »


Chief Red Garnett: [interrupting a confrontation] How you take your steak, Sally?
Sally Gerber: Rare.
Chief Red Garnett: Well, I'll just wipe its ass, hurl it through and you can tear off a slab. How'd that be?
Sally Gerber: On second thought, maybe medium-rare.
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References Bull Durham (1988) See more »


Written by Bennie Moten and Thamon Hayes
Performed by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Courtesy of Bill Mack Productions
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An average story made good by quality acting
16 October 2002 | by (Santa Barbara, CA) – See all my reviews

An average story made good by quality acting. Kevin Costner turned in one of his best performances. Just as his character would start to win you over because of his positive interactions with the boy, he'd do something awful and remind you that he's really a bad guy and that he'd taken the boy hostage. So even though he's a criminal, he's got a good side and obviously his bad upbringing took him down the wrong path in life. I though TJ Lowther was also excellent as the boy and was very believable. On the other side is Clint Eastwood as the tough law man who cares more about catching his criminal than making his bosses happy. And last, but not least, Laura Dern was also very good as Clint's cohort in catching the bad guy. While Clint relies on his years of experience, she comes from the psychological side and what she's read in books. They often disagree, but there is a mutual respect between them even if they don't show it. There are enough light moments to keep this otherwise serious movie from being a turn off.

*** (Out of 4)

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