ORIGINAL TITLE: A Perfect World
RUNNING TIME: 138 min.
DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood
SCREENWRITER: John Lee Hancock
COMPOSER: Lennie Niehaus
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jack N. Green
CAST: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther, Keith Szarabajka, Leo Burmester, Paul Hewitt
STUDIO/PRODUCER: Warner Bros / Malpaso
GENRE: Drama / Mystery
Set in Texas in 1963, Clint Eastwood's film is a subtle and haunting work that features what is perhaps Kevin Costner’s best performance. Costner plays against type as Butch Haynes, an escaped convict whose
tendency toward violence is masked by his affability. Haynes escapes with a more blatantly dangerous convict, Terry Pugh (Keith Szarabajka), planning to ditch him as soon as they cross the border. But Pugh’s
lack of self-control gets them in trouble, and they take a young boy hostage. Raised by his single mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther, in a heartbreakingly real performance) is fascinated by Haynes’s roughneck ways, and the two form a surprisingly strong bond. Eastwood takes a supporting role as Red Garnett, the lawman who, ineptly but inevitably, is closing in on Haynes. With a woman criminologist (Laura Dern) and a trigger-happy federal agent along for the ride, Garnett chases Haynes down while keeping their shared past a secret from his team.