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A Perfect World (1993)

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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Storyline

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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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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24 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un mundo perfecto  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,075,582, 24 November 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,160,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,200,000
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2.35 : 1
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Critic Mitch Lovell of Legends of the Silver Screen Reviews, wrote rather humourously of A Perfect World (1993), the following extract: "A Perfect World is also one of those Heat type deals where they put two dynamic actors in the same movie and then only give them the briefest amount of screen time possible. And I don't know about you, but that kind of shit always pisses me off". See more »

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When Butch is at Dotty's restaurant talking to the waitress, his glass suddenly goes from less than half full to three-quarters full between shots. See more »

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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.
Sally Gerber: And what will?
Chief Red Garnett: That's having...
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Dark Moon
Written by Ned Miller
Performed by Erik Jacobsen and Chris Isaak
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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An average story made good by quality acting
16 October 2002 | by 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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