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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 »

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Details

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, 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

This was Clint Eastwood's first film since Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) for which he did not receive top billing, which went instead to Kevin Costner. See more »

Goofs

Terry Pugh fires his revolver two times at the kidnap site, two times at the water tank and shoots two bullets through the car roof. So the revolver is empty when Phillip has to aim it at Pugh. When Pugh recovers the revolver he checks to see whether it is really empty. It is, but not only the bullets but also the empty shells are gone. See more »

Quotes

Sally Gerber: The idea is that an understanding of the particular behavioral case histories should, in parole situations, help the subject to avoid habitual traps and, in penal escape situations could, conversely, identify those self-same traps as an aid to apprehension.
Chief Red Garnett: Let me tell you something, Miss Gerber.
Sally Gerber: Sally is fine.
Chief Red Garnett: Let me tell you something, Sally. This is not a 'penal escape situation', this here happens to be a manhunt. And no talkin' in circles is gonna fix all that.
Sally Gerber: And what will?
Chief Red Garnett: That's having...
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Connections

References Bull Durham (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Dark Moon
Written by Ned Miller
Performed by Erik Jacobsen and Chris Isaak
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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Eastwood and (especially) Costner Deliver
18 December 2005 | by boprietoSee all my reviews

Simply a great movie. I gained a new respect for Costner after seeing this movie. He's always good as baseball players and cowboys, but this character is really a perfect fit for Costner. Combines all the elements that add up to a great Costner performance: humor (Crash Davis from Bull Durham)+ dark violence seething under the surface (Charly from Open Range)+ Child-like enthusiasm (Ray Cansella from Field of Dreams). Severely underrated, A Perfect World stands right up there Eastwood's best behind the camera achievements. And in case you haven't figured this out yet; Eastwood is the man, so do yourself a favor and check this movie out.


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