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).
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
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During the scene depicting the father-son discussion between Butch (Costner) and Buzz (Lowther) - inside the farmer's stolen car at about 40" - the passenger-side profile frames use perspective to depict the boy superimposed over the man in the same physical dimensions, alluding to the many character connections established between the two as the plot continues to develop. Butch also continually refers to vehicles as "time machines", another indication that this character is reliving a revisionist impression of his own youth via these vicarious connections to his young captive. See more »
The white Texas Highway Patrol Cars seen throughout the film have roof-mounted red rotating lights. In 1963, THP cars only had a red spotlight on the driver's side (in fact, troopers normally made traffic stops by pulling alongside the other vehicle and waving them to pull over). See more »
[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]
If I was going, I'd go as a, um...
A - yes! Judy Baumer's going as a twirler.
But she's ...
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An average story made good by quality acting. Kevin Costner turned in one of his best performances. Just as his character would start to win you over because of his positive interactions with the boy, he'd do something awful and remind you that he's really a bad guy and that he'd taken the boy hostage. So even though he's a criminal, he's got a good side and obviously his bad upbringing took him down the wrong path in life. I though TJ Lowther was also excellent as the boy and was very believable. On the other side is Clint Eastwood as the tough law man who cares more about catching his criminal than making his bosses happy. And last, but not least, Laura Dern was also very good as Clint's cohort in catching the bad guy. While Clint relies on his years of experience, she comes from the psychological side and what she's read in books. They often disagree, but there is a mutual respect between them even if they don't show it. There are enough light moments to keep this otherwise serious movie from being a turn off.
*** (Out of 4)
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