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      A Perfect World

      PG-13 Released Nov 24, 1993 2 hr. 17 min. Drama List
      78% 32 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Butch (Kevin Costner), a escaped state prisoner from a Texas jail, kidnaps Philip (T.J. Lowther), a young, impressionable boy. As they embark on a trip across the American Southwest together, a surprising bond grows between the convict and his captive, even as law enforcement forces slowly catch up with them. An honorable Texas Ranger, Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood), understands Butch has a heart of gold, but must pursue him anyway out of duty to the law and a desire to protect the child. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Dec 05 Buy Now

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      Despite some formulaic touches, Clint Eastwood's haunting, ambiguous crime drama is smart and gritty, and features a bravura performance from Kevin Costner as a prison escapee on the run.

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      Eye C An interesting approach of how the system fails and how the presumptions and prejudices doesn't helps to make a friendly society… oh and Kevin Costner is the best. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/23/24 Full Review hampus s one of the greatest movies ever made, deserves a much higher score Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/24 Full Review Test T I watched this on DVD recently. I enjoyed the story and found the film absorbing to watch. The acting is first rate and the character development is excellent. I particularly liked the contrast between the relationships which developed on either side of the law. Both sides had difficulties getting on at first, but ironically by the end of the film the hostage and his kidnapper formed the strongest bond. The stunts and action were effectively integrated within the plot which added excitement without losing focus on the story. Despite the long runtime, I found the film to pass by quickly, and thought it was well paced. Highly recommended. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review matthias s "A Perfect World" is a charming flick that skillfully weaves a tale of an unlikely bond between Kevin Costner's escaped convict character and a young boy, played brilliantly by T.J. Lowther. The film subtly explores the theme of missing fathers and the quest to find them, which adds a layer of emotional depth. The screenplay is well-crafted, keeping the audience engaged throughout the journey. I've always had a soft spot for Laura Dern, and she shines in her role. Costner's performance is excellent, as always, and the chemistry between him and the kid is heartwarming. The bittersweet ending left a mark, tugging at the heartstrings, but it didn't quite captivate me enough to warrant a higher rating. While the character dynamics are compelling, some aspects of the plot could have been more developed. Nonetheless, "A Perfect World" is worth a watch for its performances and the touching exploration of the father-son relationship. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Andrea C On the road con un criminale che non si può odiare, per cui anzi si finisce a fare il tifo nonostante il suo lato dark che lo rende comunque molto credibile. Le ambientazioni ed i personaggi sono vari e danno colore e tono ad ogni sequenza, rendendo la fuga più centrale ancora dei personaggi e dei dialoghi. Questa scelta si rivela vincente, ponendo in secondo piano il ragazzino i cui dialoghi, se più centrali, avrebbero rallentato la pellicola ed annoiato. Il finale poi è romantico e commovente, trovata la perfetta location in un bellissimo prato verde, dopo la sequenza chiave a casa dell'ultima famiglia ad "ospitare" i due protagonisti. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Dhanu K No country for broken boys! Definitely not Clint Eastwood's best work, but can't deny the fact that "A Perfect World" is a funny and sentimental drama, filled with a lot of heart and charisma that make it the most moving and uplifting film he has ever directed. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/07/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review David Ansen Newsweek Hancock's surface-skimming script is too formulaic for the job. There's enough material here for a crisp 90-minute entertainment. At 2+ hours, the leisurely, mildly engaging A Perfect World barely sputters across the finish line. Apr 7, 2008 Full Review Peter Travers Rolling Stone In going beyond chase-yarn duty, Eastwood and Costner do themselves proud. Jun 6, 2001 Full Review Walter Chaw Film Freak Central It's an American masterpiece. Rated: 4/4 Nov 26, 2013 Full Review John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis It will not please everyone because it presents things in shades of gray and takes few easy outs. Rated: 7/10 Jun 8, 2012 Full Review Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews 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] Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 5, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Butch (Kevin Costner), a escaped state prisoner from a Texas jail, kidnaps Philip (T.J. Lowther), a young, impressionable boy. As they embark on a trip across the American Southwest together, a surprising bond grows between the convict and his captive, even as law enforcement forces slowly catch up with them. An honorable Texas Ranger, Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood), understands Butch has a heart of gold, but must pursue him anyway out of duty to the law and a desire to protect the child.
      Director
      Clint Eastwood
      Screenwriter
      John Lee Hancock
      Distributor
      Warner Home Vídeo, Warner Bros.
      Production Co
      Malpaso Company, Warner Brothers
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 24, 1993, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 24, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $29.7M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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