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A Perfect World (1993)

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Kidnapped boy Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther) strikes up a friendship with his captor Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner): an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by honorable Texas Ranger "Red" Garrett (Clint Eastwood).

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Clint Eastwood
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Robert 'Butch' Haynes
Clint Eastwood ... Chief Red Garnett
Laura Dern ... Sally Gerber
T.J. Lowther ... Phillip Perry
Keith Szarabajka ... Terry James Pugh
Leo Burmester ... Assistant Chief Tom Adler
Paul Hewitt ... Dick Suttle
Bradley Whitford ... Agent 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 ... Billy Grieve - Superman
Taylor Suzanna McBride Taylor Suzanna McBride ... Tinkerbell
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Storyline

After escaping from a Huntsville prison, convict Robert "Butch" Haynes (Kevin Costner) and his partner Terry Pugh (Keith Szarabajka) kidnap a young boy, Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther), and flee across Texas. As they travel together, Butch and Phillip discover common bonds and suffer the abuses of the outside "Perfect World". In pursuit is Texas Ranger "Red" Garnett (Clint Eastwood) and Criminologist Sally Gerber (Laura Dern). Written by James Yu <jamestyu@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

At one point during shooting, star Kevin Costner stormed off the set in a huff, but instead of waiting for him to return, director Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood just continued to shoot the scene using Costner's stand-in, Mark Thomason Mark Thomason. When Costner later returned to the set, shocked to discover that they just continued the scene regardless, Eastwood allegedly told him: "If you walk off, I'll shoot close-ups of this double. You watch. This guy'll play the whole movie. I'm not here to jerk off. Everything." After that incident, Costner did not leave the set during shooting again. See more »

Goofs

When Butch is at Dottie's restaurant talking to the waitress, his glass suddenly goes from less than half full to three-quarters full between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Butch lies in a grassy meadow, next to a Casper the Friendly Ghost mask; he opens his eyes as money begins to flutter over him, and looks up at the overhead sun, which is then blocked out by a helicopter, and Butch closes his eyes again; CUT TO: an early Halloween evening as costumed children run about the street; inside the Perry home, the three children sit around the kitchen table]
Naomi Perry: If I was going, I'd go as a, um...
Ruth Perry: A princess!
Naomi Perry: A - yes! Judy Baumer's going as a twirler.
Ruth Perry: But she's ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Guess Things Happen That Way
Written by Jack Clement
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,075,582, 28 November 1993

Gross USA:

$31,130,999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,130,999
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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