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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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Details

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, 28 November 1993

Gross USA:

$31,130,999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,130,999
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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

By co-starring in this film with Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner has co-starred with three of the main stars of Unforgiven (1992), also directed by Eastwood. The other two stars are Gene Hackman: No Way Out (1987) and Wyatt Earp (1994) and Morgan Freeman: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in autumn, as shown by the opening scenes of costumed kids out on Halloween night. Yet throughout the movie, all the grass and trees are bright green, indicating spring or summer. See more »

Quotes

Phillip 'Buzz' Perry: [after Pugh snatches the car keys] Why'd he take the keys?
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: So I won't leave him.
Phillip 'Buzz' Perry: Would you leave him?
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Oh, yeah.
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The Little White Cloud that Cried
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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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