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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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Undervalued a decade ago, this film is better than Eastwood's other heralded directorial efforts. See more (118 total) »

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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MPAA:
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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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)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a scene where the police are getting some candy together, some of the candy is in boxes from the 1990s, a design that did not appear until almost 30 years after the time in which the movie is set.See more »
Quotes:
Robert 'Butch' Haynes:[after intimidating a woman into giving them supplies by flashing his gun]
Robert 'Butch' Haynes:Never underestimate the kindness of the common man, Phillip.
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Soundtrack:
Please Help Me, I'm Falling (in Love with You)See more »

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110 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Undervalued a decade ago, this film is better than Eastwood's other heralded directorial efforts., 24 July 2004
Author: Sandcat2003 from New York

Do not confuse any of the archived reviews by national critics labeling this movie as "mediocre" and merely "watchable" as accurate statements. This movie is one of Eastwood's most interesting and controlled efforts behind the camera. There is less blatant scenery chewing in "A Perfect World" than contained in Eastwood's unduly praised "Mystic River." And although "Unforgiven" brought Eastwood an Oscar, "A Perfect World" is much more effective in its employment of Eastwood's usual methodical pacing and his ability create empathy for men who are "bad, but not the worst" of society.

For those that are not Costner-philes, this is one of the few movies that viewers should be unable to find ways to deride Costner as an actor. Costner's performance as Butch is by far the best of his career. Actually, it would be better to note that his performance is nomination worthy (er... was) simply for the fact that I know many people view Costner as a flat actor that is not really on par with other actors of his generation. The scenes between Costner and his young costar are extremely interesting. Butch is given almost all the dialogue because eight-year-old Phillip is more or less a pupil of Butch's (or surrogate son if one thinks of the blatant implications); thus, this movie almost entirely belongs to Costner and the development of his character and he does a pitch perfect job.

The movie itself has some simplicities in its other characters, such as Eastwood's Ranger, Dern's criminologist, and the gaggle of law enforcement personal tracking Costner's character. John Lee Hancock's script is not the strongest when focusing in on their additions to the narrative. Plus there are some overly simplistic social commentaries on the role of the penal system, but those are far outweighed by the mass of the film. And Eastwood works around the few weaknesses of the script much better than he did in Hancock's adaptation of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Considering that Eastwood is a competent director who has created mostly middling works or has been praised for efforts that are far exceeded by the scripts themselves, such as "Unforgiven" and "Mystic River," "A Perfect World" is quite a good film. Also of note is the cinematography and framing of all the shots. Almost all of Eastwood's films, regardless of the shot and lighting conventions of the genres in which he has worked, are terribly sloppy and poor in their presentation. Jack N. Green has been his longtime cinematographer of choice; therefore, it is not as if a new voice was thrown into the mix adding to the success of this film visually in comparison with Eastwood's other works. Nonetheless, Eastwood succeeds in much of his direction in this film and

Costner's performance makes this film a nice little gem that was undervalued a decade ago.

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