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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, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Butch Haynes
... Red Garnett
... Sally Gerber
... Phillip Perry
... Terry Pugh
... Tom Adler
... Dick Suttle
... Bobby Lee
... Bradley
... Gladys Perry
Leslie Flowers ... Naomi Perry
Belinda Flowers ... Ruth Perry
... Mr. Hughes
Jay Whiteaker ... Superman
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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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un mundo perfecto  »

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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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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the fact that the film had moderate box-office in the U.S., it did earn well over 100 million dollars in international markets. See more »

Goofs

It's implied that Jehovah's Witnesses don't watch television; Jehovah's Witnesses do not have any objections towards watching television as long as its non-violent and non-sexual content. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Butch' Haynes: You ain't so friendly!
[shoots at the store window]
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Funny How Time Slips Away
Written and Performed by Willie Nelson
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of ERG
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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A perfectly good film
1 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood is an outstanding Director. He directs A Perfect World masterly and we really feel en emotional involvement with the characters and the story.

T.J. Lowther is fantastic as the boy kidnapped by Butch (Kevin Costner), and it is great to see an unlikely friendship develop between the two despite their huge difference in background and age. Costner becomes almost like a father figure for Buzz, and the ending is slightly overdrawn and predictable, but is nonetheless deeply saddening.

Costner gives a great performance as the escaped convict, and despite his homicidal tendencies, we actually feel empathy towards him at some points of the film and feel that he is actually a casualty of bad circumstances rather than a blood thirsty killer.

Eastwood himself plays a reliable part as Chief Red Garnett, but he is very much in the background and he plays a bit-part character as he tries to track down Costner.

I am a big fan of Clint Eastwood both as a Director and actor. If you want to watch a film that really engages you in watching character development and does not focus on action, then this is a must-see.


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