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A Perfect World (1993)

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A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by an honorable Texas Ranger.

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Clint Eastwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Butch Haynes
Clint Eastwood ... Red Garnett
Laura Dern ... Sally Gerber
T.J. Lowther ... Phillip 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 Leslie Flowers ... Naomi Perry
Belinda Flowers Belinda Flowers ... Ruth Perry
Darryl Cox ... Mr. Hughes
Jay Whiteaker Jay Whiteaker ... Superman
Taylor Suzanna McBride Taylor Suzanna McBride ... Tinkerbell
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Perfect World See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg considered directing the film. See more »

Goofs

The closing credits identify Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way" as a Columbia recording. It was actually made for Sun Records in 1957, a year before Cash left Sun and signed with Columbia. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Hey, you ever ridden in a time machine before?
Phillip 'Buzz' Perry: [shakes his head]
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Well sure you have, what do you think this is?
Phillip 'Buzz' Perry: A car.
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: You're looking at this thing bass-ackward, this is a twentieth century time machine. I'm the captain,
[taps Phillip on the head]
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: your the navigator. Now out there that's the future
[points out front windshield]
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: , back there,
[taps on the rear view mirror then points out the back windshield]
[...]
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Night Life
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An average story made good by quality acting
16 October 2002 | by SinjinSBSee 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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