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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
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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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This was Clint Eastwood's first film since Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) for which he did not receive top billing, which went instead to Kevin Costner. See more »


When Lottie goes to pour Butch's coffee you can see there is no coffee being poured into the cup. See more »


Sally Gerber: The idea is that an understanding of the particular behavioral case histories should, in parole situations, help the subject to avoid habitual traps and, in penal escape situations could, conversely, identify those self-same traps as an aid to apprehension.
Chief Red Garnett: Let me tell you something, Miss Gerber.
Sally Gerber: Sally is fine.
Chief Red Garnett: Let me tell you something, Sally. This is not a 'penal escape situation', this here happens to be a manhunt. And no talkin' in circles is gonna fix all that.
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Chief Red Garnett: That's having...
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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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