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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

This movie was set in 1962, a year before the time President John F. Kennedy made his fateful trip to Dallas. Kevin Costner starred in "JFK" (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Red "requisitions" the governor's trailer to use on his manhunt, the first thing he does is tear off the red, white and blue bunting from the side of the trailer. The bunting on the rear of the trailer was left in place, as can be seen when they drive away. Later, when Sally is speaking privately with Red inside the trailer, the bunting outside the window that Red had previously removed can be seen. 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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Connections

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Soundtracks

Night Life
Written by Willie Nelson, Walt Breeland and Paul Buskirk
Performed by Rusty Draper
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Costner at the height of his powers.Touching and heartfelt
22 July 2012 | by axlrhodesSee all my reviews

Being a sucker for any decent road movie, i was always predestined to enjoy this one. The surprising thing is that it's taken all of nineteen years to get round to it. I've always found Kevin Costner to be a likable screen presence and it's here, at the height of his stardom, with top billing that he's on great form. Costner plays Robert 'Butch' Haynes, an escaped convict who due to a botched robbery ends up kidnapping 'Buzz' , a young boy (T.J Lowther) with whom he forms an unlikely mutual bond. Although there's an inherent darkness to proceedings, there's also much sweetness. They form the kind of father and son friendship that as the film unfolds, we realise Haynes never had making it easier to feel sympathetic toward him amid the crime spree. Later in the film, that same sympathy is tested as it's revealed how emotionally damaged Haynes is. To the boy, the whole thing is an exciting adventure as it's highlighted early on that his religious background has kept him somewhat excluded. Haynes on the other hand seems to treat the escapade as therapy for the upbringing he never had. He constantly gives the boy choices and at no point does it feel like a dangerous hostage situation. As with all the better Clint Eastwood directed films, it's stylistically unfussy with emphasis on building a strong relationship between audience and character. Eastwood himself is a great presence in the film, playing a law man trying to keep a steady head, and shares some excellent screen time with Laura Dern. The screenplay also deserves a nod as it serves up some fun interplay dialogue and observations. Some very minor flaws push the limits of credibility, one in particular involving Buzz behind the wheel of a car and some expert last minute breaking, but they give way to what is a heartfelt and touching experience.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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