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A Perfect Getaway (2009)

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Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earth Momma
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo ...
Supply Guy
Debbie Mason / Clerk
Jim Cruz ...
Helicopter Pilot
Counter Girl
Leandra Gillis ...
TV Anchor
Amit Yogev ...
Camera Samaritan (as Carlos Alberto López)


For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they're being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers. Written by The Massie Twins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


6 Strangers. 2 Killers. No Getting Away. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence, language including sexual references and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Perfect Getaway - Una perfetta via di fuga  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,948,555, 9 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,483,540, 13 September 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Minutes 30-32: Nick talks to Cliff about a dictator's palace with a lock-box full of 'Avengers' memorabilia including 'Iron Man'. Timothy Olyphant was considered for the role of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Avengers series, which stars Chris Hemsworth (Kale) as Thor. See more »


The headrests in Cliff and Cydney's Jeep are missing during interior shots then reappear during long exterior shots. Removing headrests from seats has been a common practice in movies for decades in order to provide more visibility while filming inside automobiles. This can usually be spotted by the two mounting holes at the top of the seat which are visible once the headrests have been removed. See more »


Cydney: I know that in some bent way, your need for detachment fits my need for attachment, that's it.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »


Red Dress Baby Doll
Written and Performed by Tracy Adams
Published by Adams Apple Films
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Do NOT buy into the negative comments!
20 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

First off, you need to know that I joined IMDb purely to undo the diabolically misleading rating that this movie has gotten. I must say, I was not expecting much from it, but as the credits rolled by, I quickly made the decision that this movie was going up on my facebook list of favorite movies.

Milla Jovovich has never been a spectacular actress in my book. She's great in action flicks (I am a massive fan of the Resident Evil series!), but I've always found that she goes a bit overboard when taking on dramatic or real life roles. I was more than pleasantly surprised when it dawned on me just how good a job she did on this film! Granted, no one needed Oscar worthy acting to pull off their roles; every actor in this film held their own.

From beginning to end, I was totally drawn in - both character and story-wise. Sure, you come across some clichés here and there, but that's totally to be expected. The entire movie is cleverly put together and is sure to keep you guessing every step of the way. The characters are well developed, the acting is great, the scenery and cinematography are outstanding - some very inventive shots towards the climax of the film - and the story will definitely leave you with the feeling that "it" actually hasn't all been done before.

Every person that has rated this movie low falls under one of two categories: Either they missed an integral part of the story (I watched the film twice just to make sure I was right about this), or they have ludicrously high standards.

Movies are by no means my life. I'm sure my rating of 8 is probably a bit biased (for some reason, this movie really did it for me on pretty much all fronts), but any rating below a 7, in my humble opinion, says more about a lack on the reviewer's end... not the film's. This is definitely a must see for anyone into this genre! One for the collection, even!

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