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24 November 1993 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Costner ... Robert 'Butch' Haynes

Clint Eastwood ... Chief Red Garnett

Laura Dern ... Sally Gerber
T.J. Lowther ... Phillip 'Buzz' Perry

Keith Szarabajka ... Terry Pugh

Leo Burmester ... Tom Adler

Paul Hewitt ... Dick Suttle

Bradley Whitford ... Bobby Lee

Ray McKinnon ... Bradley

Jennifer Griffin ... Gladys Perry
Leslie Flowers ... Naomi Perry
Belinda Flowers ... Ruth Perry

Darryl Cox ... Mr. Hughes
Jay Whiteaker ... Billy Reeves
Taylor Suzanna McBride ... Tinkerbell
Christopher Reagan Ammons ... Dancing Skeleton
Mark Voges ... Larry Billings
Vernon Grote ... Prison Guard
James Jeter ... Oldtimer
Ed Geldart ... Fred Cummings

Bruce McGill ... Paul Saunders
Nik Hagler ... General Store Manager
Gary Moody ... Local Sheriff
George Haynes ... Farmer
Marietta Marich ... Farmer's Wife

Rodger Boyce ... Mr. Willits

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Lucy
Elizabeth Ruscio ... Paula

David Kroll ... Newscaster

Gabriel Folse ... Officer Terrance

Gil Glasgow ... Officer Pete
Dennis Letts ... Governor
John Hussey ... Governor's Aide
Margaret Bowman ... Trick 'r Treat Lady

John M. Jackson ... Bob Fielder

Connie Cooper ... Bob's Wife
Cameron Finley ... Bob Fielder, Jr.
Katy Wottrich ... Patsy Fielder

Marco Perella ... Road Block Officer

Linda Hart ... Eileen, Waitress

Brandon Smith ... Officer Jones
George Orrison ... Officer Orrison
Wayne Dehart ... Mack, the Farmer

Mary Alice ... Lottie, Mack's Wife

Kevin Jamal Woods ... Cleveland, Mack's Grandson (as Kevin Woods)
Tony Frank ... Arch Andrews, Farm Owner
Woody Watson ... Lt. Hendricks
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot
Craig Hosking ... Helicopter Pilot

Jimmy Ray Pickens ... Cop (uncredited)

David Stanford ... Neighbor kid (uncredited)
Greg Stechman ... Teen Onlooker (uncredited)

Libby Villari ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Lee Hancock (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
David Valdes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green 
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Ron Spang 
 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
 
Set Decoration by
Alan Hicks 
 
Costume Design by
Erica Edell Phillips 
 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... hair stylist (as Frida Aradóttir)
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as James McCoy)
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Francisco X. Pérez .... makeup artist (as F.X. Perez)
 
Production Management
David Valdes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... second assistant director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... first assistant director (as L. Dean Jones)
Sarah Shields .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Donald R. Abblett .... production painter (as Donald Abblett)
Edward Aiona .... property master
Don Beal .... swing gang
Ron Beal .... swing gang
Bob Danyla .... swing gang
Patricia Dillon .... swing gang
Jess Gonchor .... construction foreman
Antoinette J. Gordon .... set designer (as Antoinette Gordon)
Michael Koellner .... swing gang
Kenneth R. Rector .... swing gang (as Kenny Rector)
William F. Reynolds .... leadperson (as Bill Reynolds)
Mike Seefus .... construction foreman
Michael Sexton .... assistant property master
Bruce G. Smith .... scenic foreman (as Bruce Smith)
Charles Vassar .... set designer (as Charlie Vassar)
Butch West .... construction coordinator
Doug Wilson .... scenic foreman
Glenn Dunn .... property maker (uncredited)
Ken Gaston-Kilgore .... greensman (uncredited)
Stanford Gilbert .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Gretchen Goetz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Adele Plauche .... painter (uncredited)
Steve Sawhill .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Alexander)
Bobbi Banks .... adr editor
Stu Bernstein .... dialogue editor
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects editor
Neil Burrow .... sound effects editor
Richard Burton .... dialogue editor
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor
Zack Davis .... dialogue editor
Rickley W. Dumm .... assistant sound editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Leonard T. Geschke .... foley editor
Matthew Harrison .... foley editor
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr supervisor (as Devon Curry)
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
Chris Ingram .... assistant sound editor
James J. Isaacs .... dialogue editor
Maxwell Spencer Jackson .... foley editor
James J. Klinger .... sound effects editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound effects editor
John Kwiatkowski .... dialogue editor
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
Michael Mirkovich .... assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Jayme S. Parker .... dialogue editor
John Phillips .... sound effects editor
David M. Roberts .... cable person (as David Roberts)
Terry Rodman .... sound effects editor
John Roesch .... foley walker
Catherine Rowe .... foley walker
Michael Ruiz .... assistant sound editor
Kim Secrist .... dialogue editor
Craig Sims .... assistant sound editor
Karen Spangenberg .... supervising dialogue editor
Tom Stevens .... sound effects editor
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer
Madeleine Swift .... assistant sound editor
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Les Wolf .... foley editor (as Leslie E. Wolf Jr.)
Tim Song Jones .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Amborn .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects coordinator
James W. McCormick .... special effects (as J.W. McCormick)
 
Stunts
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunts (as Dan Barringer)
Laura Dash .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Norman Howell .... stunt double: Kevin Costner
John Robotham .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Buzzy Burwell .... rigging gaffer
Murray Close .... still photographer
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
Gary Jay .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Lacy .... rigging gaffer
Hal Nelson .... best boy grip
Víctor Pérez .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Victor Perez)
Don Reddy .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Anthony J. Rivetti)
Charles Saldana .... key grip
John Patrick Smith .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Patrick Smith)
Stephen St. John .... camera operator: "a" camera
Tom Stern .... chief lighting technician
John Waldo .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeff Andrus .... grip (uncredited)
Peter N. Green .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Olivia Harris .... casting assistant
Nadene Katz .... casting assistant
Liz Keigley .... casting: Texas
Sari E. Keigley .... extras casting (as Sari Keigley)
Michael Shortt .... casting: day players (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelly Lindquist .... set costumer
Amy Stofsky .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
 
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Donald Harris .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician : uncredited
Judd Miller .... musician: solo EVI
 
Transportation Department
Manny Demello .... driver (uncredited)
Greg Faucett .... driver (uncredited)
Phil Schriber .... driver: Mr. Eastwood (uncredited)
Russell E. Scott .... picture cars (uncredited)
Joe Self .... driver (uncredited)
Larry Stelling .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Caroline Brock .... assistant location manager
Amy Chance .... production secretary
Walter T. Falls III .... staff assistant (as Tres Falls)
Kay James .... craft service
Elizabeth Jones .... staff assistant
Jeff Kloss .... production accountant (as Jeffrey Kloss)
David R. Lawson .... first aid
Cindy Lindauer .... teacher
Michael Maurer .... production auditor
Karon May .... script supervisor
Kate McCarley .... location manager
Moira McLaughlin .... assistant: Mr. Costner
Tom Moore .... staff assistant (as Tom Boyd Moore)
Gwen Osborne .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Melissa Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Tom Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Cody Ross .... stand-in: T.J. Lowther
Steve Stone .... staff assistant
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Mark Thomason .... stand-in: Kevin Costner
Loranne Turgeon .... assistant: Mr. Valdes
Tracey Holman Weaver .... staff assistant (as Tracey Weaver)
Kelly Kernan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Larry Stelling .... mechanic (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language (re-rating on appeal)
Runtime:
138 min | Germany:125 min (TV version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating on appeal) (certificate #32780)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Butch (Kevin Costner) and Philip visit a Friendly Dept. Store, outside of which there is a poster advertising Bull Durham cigarettes. Kevin Costner starred in Bull Durham (1988).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Sally Gerber:You know you did everything you could. Don't you?
Chief Red Garnett:I don't know nothin'.
[pause]
Chief Red Garnett:Not one damn thing.
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Movie Connections:
References Bull Durham (1988)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue Blue DaySee more »

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60 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
All you Kevin Costner haters out there, WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!, 27 July 2003
Author: MovieLuvaMatt from New Jersey

Kevin Costner's career has been in a downward spiral (to say the least) over recent years. Now it seems like even people who admired him at first are suddenly forfeiting their compliments and jumping on the bandwagon, along with the rest of the Costner haters. Well, I'm not gonna jump on that bandwagon. This movie is sheer proof that Costner is a wonderful actor capable of playing characters of multiple dimensions. Here, he's given the challenge of playing a likable villain, without having us forget that he has criminal tendencies. I'm not condoning criminals, but do you honestly think every criminal in the world is a cold-blooded motherf***er with not a single scruple? They're human beings like everyone else, only they choose to live dishonest lives. In other words, the easy way out--at least that's what they think.

Costner played a completely one-dimensional villain in "3,000 Miles to Graceland," but it was fitting to the tone of that film, which plays out like a comic book fantasy. His character of Butch is much more realistic, and his main scruple is treating children like dirt. He himself was treated like dirt as a child, and whenever he sees mothers or fathers do the same to their children, he goes nuts and sometimes homicidal. A very interesting character, which Costner plays to absolute perfection.

I have a theory about movies. Whenever you have an adult story (excluding children's and family-oriented material) involving a child in a major role, the movie often turns out either good or great. This one turned out great. Good movies come more often than you think. Great movies don't come quite that often. A real motion picture experience is when you get lost in the story to the point where you feel you're right there with the characters, and not sitting on your couch watching these characters on a TV screen. This is one of those experiences.

The film is totally character-driven, which also appeals to me. It took me a journey through the lives of Butch and the young boy. I felt a deep connection to each of them. The ending had me pouring with tears.

I have to give it up for Clint Eastwood, who usually scores behind and in front of the camera. The film runs a little over 2 hours, but when you have solid characters like these the time flies by in a snap. Hell, "Corky Romano" was under 90 minutes long and I may as well as have been watching it for 10 hours. The most powerful scene, in my opinion, is when Butch and the boy stay over the home of the black slave. Butch sees the way the father physically abuses his son, and goes to the extent of tying him down to a couch. He then forces the father to say "I love you" to his son, like he really means it.

"A Perfect World" is a film I'll never forget, and I'm so damn glad I spent my 14.99 to purchase the DVD. I have only one very minor complaint: the guy who plays Philip overacts like crazy in a cartoonish performance.

My score: 9 (out of 10)

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