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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un mundo perfecto 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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Company Credits

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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

T. J. Lowther wears a stolen Casper The Friendly Ghost costume later in the movie. Director/co-star Clint Eastwood went on to appear as himself in Casper (1995). It probably brought back memories of A Perfect World (1993) for Eastwood. See more »

Goofs

Based on the references to President John F. Kennedy and the Texas governor's re-election campaign, the events in this movie take place in 1962. The US paper money shown at the end of the movie and in the opening are modern post-1964 Federal Reserve Notes instead of Silver Certificates which were the only currency in circulation in 1962. See more »

Quotes

Terry Pugh: [after failing to find his cousin in a phonebook] Must've moved. Probably couldn't have heard him anyway, this goddamn ear's still bleedin'. Don't you ever try that shit again.
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: [sternly] What?
Terry Pugh: [puzzled] What?
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: You were in the middle of threatening me.
Terry Pugh: Ain't a threat.
[holds up a pistol]
Terry Pugh: It's a fact.
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Here, kid, take the wheel.
[Phillip grabs the wheel as Butch turns to face Pugh in the back seat]
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: In two seconds, I'm gonna break your nose. That's a threat.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Catch a Falling Star
Written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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ONE OF THE BEST IN 1993
4 May 2003 | by matija-trostSee all my reviews

And certainly one of the most underrated pictures on IMDB. Why? Beats me, since this is one of the best performances from Costner & Eastwood. Not to mention the others.

Maybe it's the movie a little bit slow at start, but soon we get too see a strong character development, what leads us to the grand finale, where we cheer for the outlaw and his little "partner" (also very good performance by T.J. Lowther). The ending is undoubtedly one of the most touching in the history of cinema.

All in all, Costner did great both as director and actor and he had a winning hand picking up co-actors and screen & music writers. Plus, he made this movie in the nineties era, one of the best, if not the best for Hollywood movies.

That's for it's just pure classic. Just like the Texas landscape where it was taken.

9 out of 10.


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