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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

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 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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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:

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

Kevin Costner's and Clint Eastwood's roles immediately prior to this movie were The Bodyguard (1992) and In the Line of Fire (1993), respectively. Both movies cast them as former Secret Service Agents who had failed to protect a President from getting shot. The Bodyguard (1992) also made reference to the movie, Yojimbo (1961), which was remade as A Fistful of Dollars (1964) with Eastwood. Laura Dern's father, Bruce Dern, appeared in another Yojimbo remake, Last Man Standing (1996). See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, Kevin Costner and his partner escape from prison by climbing down a single strand of rope made of bed sheets which they'd tied off to some plumbing. To mask their escape, once they're on the ground, they release the tied off bed sheets by giving them a couple of simple tugs which send the sheets tumbling down into their arms. They would have had to fold the rope in half and tie a slipknot to the plumbing, climb down the correct side of the doubled up rope, then tug on the other half to release the knot. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Butch' Haynes: [after intimidating a woman into giving them supplies by flashing his gun]
Robert 'Butch' Haynes: Never underestimate the kindness of the common man, Phillip.
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) See more »

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South
Written by Bennie Moten and Thamon Hayes
Performed by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Courtesy of Bill Mack Productions
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A perfectly good film
1 July 2012 | by bddmessSee 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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