A Perfect World (1993)
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Average Rating: 6.8/10
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Clint Eastwood, hot off of his Academy Award win for Unforgiven, directed this small character study, appearing in the guise of a cops-and-robbers action picture. The film takes place during the fall of 1963. Eight-year old Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther), the son of a devout Jehovah's Witness mother, is staying home while all the other children are out trick-or-treating. But then prison escapee Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner) appears in his kitchen. Needing a hostage to aid him in his escape from
Nov 24, 1993 Wide
Oct 1, 2002
Warner Home Video
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Wayne de Hart
Trick 'r Treat Lady
Lucy Lee Flippin
James W. Gavin
General Store Manage...
John M. Jackson
Road Block Officer
Brandon Smith (I)
Bob Fielder Jr.
Kevin Jamal Woods
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In going beyond chase-yarn duty, Eastwood and Costner do themselves proud.
A Perfect World is evidence that Hollywood is still capable of producing the kinds of moving, intelligent movies that have increasingly become the province of independent film makers.
Within its narrow, unambitious, commercial boundaries, the movie is highly watchable.
It will not please everyone because it presents things in shades of gray and takes few easy outs.
Tells the tale of an escaped convict and his eight-year-old hostage and, in the process, considers the cycles of disappointment wrought on sons by questionable fathers: abusive ones, absent ones, even a well-meaning "daddy state." [Blu-ray]
A tender, poignant, ultimately heartbreaking film filled with haunting, lasting images and nicely eccentric touches. Arguably Costner's best performance, and one of Eastwood's most underrated efforts behind the camera.
Right on the heels of his critical and box-office smash Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood made this outstanding, haunting tale of an escaped convict (Kevin Costner in his greatest performance), and it was completely ignored.
Some may accuse the picture of sentimentality, but really it gets caught up in the moment.
It's not a perfect movie -- there's a bit more formula here than there ought to be -- but it's closer than you might think.
Audience Reviews for A Perfect World
- Butch Haynes: I need me a time machine with a loud radio to take me where I'm going.
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