A Perfect World

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7.52 h 18 min1993PG-13
Set in Texas, an escaped convict in the course of eluding the Texas Ranger pursuing him takes a hostage -- a fatherless young boy who has led a strictly constrained and unhappy life.
Directors
Clint Eastwood
Starring
Kevin CostnerClint EastwoodLaura Dern
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
T.J. LowtherKeith SzarabajkaLeo BurmesterPaul HewittBradley Whitford
Producers
Mark JohnsonDavid Valdes
Studio
WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2932 global ratings

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WEAK HEART 4 LIFEReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT FILM FROM 1993 ... KEVIN COSTNER PLAYS SUCH A LIKABLE BAD GUY YOU FIND YOURSELF ROOTING 4 HIM
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A PERFECT WORLD WHAT CAN I SAY THIS WAS RELEASED IN 1993 ORIGINALY KEVIN COSTNER HAD DONE ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THEIVES IN 1991 RELEASED BY WARNER BROTHERS IN 1992 KEVIN COSTNER RELEASED THE BODY GUARD STILL WITH WARNER BROTHERS KEVIN COSTNER WOULD RETURN IN 1993 TO DO A PERFECT WORLD WHICH STARRED AND WAS DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD. THIS WOULD BE KEVIN COSTENERS LAST FILM WITH WARNER BROTHERS BEFORE GOING ON TO DO A SERIES OF FILMS WITH UNIVERSAL PICTURES STARTING IN 1994 WITH THE RELASE OF THE WAR, 1995'S WATER WAORLD AND 1999'S FOR LOVE OF THE GAME. PERFECT WORLD IS ONE OF THOSE FILMS THAT YOU EITHER LOVE OR HATE. WITH KEVIN COSTNER ONLY PLAYING THE HERO IN HIS FILMS UP UNTIL PERFECT WORLD WHERE HE SWITCHED FROM THE HERO TO AN ESCAPED FELON COSTNER PLAYS BUTCH HE ESCAPES PRISON WITH HIS PARTNER AND TAKES A FATHERLESS CHILD NAMED PHILLIP FROM HIS MOTHER FOR RANSOM. WHAT STARTS OUT AS A KIDNAPPING FOR PHILLIP TURNS INTO THE RIDE OF HIS LIFE. AFTER BEING DENIED EVERYHTING FROM COTTON CANDY TO ROLLERCOASTERS AND TRICK R TREATING FROM HIS MOTHER HIS WHOLE LIFE BUTCH TELLS PHILLIP TO MAKE A LIST OF ALL THE THINGS HE NVER HAS GOTTEN TO DO OR EXPERIANCE CAUSE BUTCH IS GOING TO TRY AND LET PHILLIP EXPEERIANCE AS MUCH FUN AS HE CAN FOR THE NEXT WHILE THEY ARE ON THE RUN. IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THIS FILM THEN I DONT WANT TO SAY TO MUCH I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THIS FILM ON AMAZON SO THIER IS NO POINT IN REHASHING EVERYTHING BUT I WILL SAY THIS I DONT NORMALLY CRY WHEN I WATCH FILMS BUT I FOUND MY EYES MISTING UP AT THE ENDING. IN FACT I JUST BOGHT THIS FILM FOR MY MOTHER WHO IS A HUGE KEVIN COSTNER FAN AND SHE SAYS SHE HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS FILM SO I BOUGHT IT FOR HER AND HER HUSBAND IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS FILM I HIGH SUGGEST BUYING IT FOR YOUR OWN COLLECTION!!!
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BootsyReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A PERFECT WORLD - and film :)
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Geez, this is such a great movie! I saw it when it came out in theaters and it really holds up today. It was a period piece when it was made so it doesn't ever feel dated like some 80s or 90s films do these days. It feels, I don't know - appropriate - timeless. I like Kevin Costner - from Dances With Wolves to Field Of Dreams to JFK to The Untouchables to Mr. Brooks. He rarely misses. But, I'm really drawn to his flawed "bad guy" performances. This flawed character got a raw deal from early childhood - yet Costner still imbues the man with the perfect amount of "fair-play" and humanity that allows the character to navigate his imperfect life and circumstances. This film plays out at a pace fitting the time period. Highly recommended! I love it!
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miselaineousReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Perfect Movie
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A Perfect Movie, and thus the bittersweet irony of A Perfect World; nothing is absolute. The relationship between Butch and young Phillip is the focus and what everyone else in the film revolves around. Butch is a dangerous criminal who has just escaped Huntsville prison in Texas on Halloween night of 1963. Costner is above amazing here as he seamlessly moves between killer and a decent man; in one scene he saves Phillip's mother from his fellow escape, and seconds later kidnaps Phillip. Butch has a soft spot for for the boy, and a bond quickly grows as Butch shows kindness to the fatherless Phillip. The audience may root for Butch as he defends woman and children, but the reminders are there. Butch wears the jacket of the administrator he and his cellmate killed , all the while being funny and seemingly carefree. He puts Phillip in ever more dangerous situations. We finally see Butch's rage up close as he attacks a grandfather who strikes his grandson, all moments after lighthearted dancing and play with the rest of the family. This scene is probably Kevin Costner's best performance. Clint Eastwood and Laura Dern are strong as they track down the escapee and hostage, revealing Butch's demons. He is a tragic character, and there is no other end but tragedy. I knew it world be amazing with Eastwood as director, and I was not disappointed.
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Silas FirthReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Savannah Smiles meets Clint Eastwood...
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This is a film practically made to love. The story idea is great, the themes are worth exploring, and it’s a manhunt involving Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner. That seems like a recipe for success, and to a large extent, it is.

It becomes difficult when tackling a story like this to define your lines of right and wrong. Sometimes that complication really helps a film, if it provokes the audience to thought, and sometimes it makes things worse, if the audience doesn’t think. This is Clint Eastwood meets Savannah Smiles. It’s dark and it’s gritty and the bad guys are truly bad and not loveable. When a film’s story revolves around the bad guy, it becomes hard to not make the audience love him. Nobody wants to watch a film if they can’t care about the characters. This is where A Perfect World is brilliant, and I’ll attribute it mostly to Costner’s performance. Because even though we know he’s bad, we can’t like most of his actions, and we want justice, Costner manages to pull the viewer inside his character in a commandeering way. Even when we hate his choices, we’re always rooting for him to make the right one next time.

The darker, grittier approach was handled well, and more believably than attempting to get too sentimental with an already-somewhat-sentimental storyline. Digging into difficult issues, for example, such as sexual assault, make for some uncomfortable confrontations, but they pack the punch that is intended. As mentioned, the bad guys are bad, and there’s a lot of language and some other content.

The story flow feels a little bit choppy, and not having watched other Eastwood-directed films, I’m not sure where the majority of the blame falls. The editing is simple and to the point, which occasionally makes shots feel too obvious, but again, after only one viewing, I don’t have the problem completely pinpointed yet.

With the same kidnapping storyline, I found myself continually comparing A Perfect World to Savannah Smiles. In many ways, I prefer this film. The darkness brings the story to very believable light, but there are also some more complex relationships and themes in A Perfect World. Savannah Smiles is about two crooks changing their ways. This film is about fatherhood, or at least the fatherhood role. And in contrast to the film’s title, fathers aren’t always perfect. One thing, however, that this movie shouts perfectly clearly is a call to men: boys look to those around them for mentors. And even if you’re a murdering, stealing, lying crook, there’s quite likely some young boy who sees something you do, and thinks “I want to be like that.”

This is by no means a flawless film, and it’s not the most pleasant one to watch. But through all the darkness, there is a simple beauty that shines through. And in the end, I’m only encouraged to do my best to live my life as an example and to try and fill the humongous shoes that some kid imagines I’m wearing.
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happy camperReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Costner 's a nice person who shoots people...
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I bypassed this film many years ago and now I know why. Although a good performance by Costner there aren't many scenes with Eastwood and he is very cold as if he wasn't meant to be in this movie . Likewise for Laura Dern as a criminologist searching for the missing Costner . The real star of this movie is the kidnapped kid who is not afraid and is content to wear no pants throughout the movie. Eastwoods attempt to capture Costner is laughable and the only humor in the film . It could have been so much better with better writing and direction.
Grafton Wisconsin readerReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unforgettable in Every Way
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A Perfect World is Clint Eastwood's best film; a beautiful movie that is in my top ten of best pictures ever, along with Fargo and Casablanca, but of course very different. It's about relationships and how they change us. A profound exploration of the way the criminal justice system creates criminals, but also the touching story of a man and a boy who, under very bizarre circumstances, learn from and come to love each other. The nature of right and wrong are at the heart of this compassionate, sensitive and at times terrifying film. It has it's funny moments, too. You'll love it. Unforgettable in every way.
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Robert B JonesReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
One man's attempt to right the world for one boy.
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Costner's character is totally unclear about what a good parent is. Except that he cannot tolerate seeing abusive, esp, physically
abusive parents beat their own kids. He has a difficulty in assuming the role as "father" of the child he and his fellow escapee
kidnap. For the role of father is one Costner quickly assumes after he is forced to kill the one he escaped with, to defend his
young charge. Costner then takes small steps to fatherhood by purchasing a pair of blue jeans for his young partner. What is
interesting here is that these jeans are never worn. Instead, a "Casper" costume is worn by the young boy. Costner assuages the
young boy's guilt about stealing the costume from the same store in which the jeans were purchased, with the idea that sometimes
one must do what is necessary to survive. Just when the viewer has just about bought into the sheriff's story about how Costner
was unfairly railroaded, and how gentle he really is, Costner's dark side emerges. The pent up rage exploding tragically ending
his relationship with his young partner. A tragic story of beauty of love, the costs of long term hatred, and the difficulty of forgiveness.
5 people found this helpful
Cheri174evrReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Costner is a really nice bad guy
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I've watched this movie twice in a year, and loved it just as much the second time as I did the first. Kevin Costner plays an escaped convict who is totally guilty, but has redeeming qualities. Most especially, this is seen in his interaction and care of the boy he takes as a hostage. He even gives the boy the opportunity to leave, or to stay with him. He steals a car from a family on a picnic, and promises the man of the house he won't take it over a certain speed, because it's new.

The ending is surprising. I highly recommend.
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