A Perfect World
is a 1993 drama film
directed by Clint Eastwood
, and starring Kevin Costner
as an escaped convict who befriends a young boy (T.J. Lowther
), and ends up embarking on a road trip with the child. Eastwood co-stars as a Texas Ranger in pursuit of the convict.
In 1963 Texas, convicts Robert "Butch" Haynes and Terry Pugh escape from the state penitentiary in Huntsville
. Fleeing from the clutches of the law, the pair stumble into the kitchen of a house where eight-year old Phillip Perry lives with his devout Jehovah's Witness
mother and two sisters. Needing a hostage
to aid their escape, Butch grabs the boy, who meekly accompanies them. The trio's journey starts off on an unpleasant note as Butch is forced to shoot his fellow escapee with a stolen revolver, following the latter's attempts at molesting the child. With his partner out of the way, the convict and his young victim take to the Texas highway in a bid to flee from the pursuing police.
Meanwhile, Texas Ranger
Red Garnett, riding in the Governor's sleek airstream
trailer, is in hot pursuit of the duo. With criminologist
Sally Gerber and trigger-happy FBI sharpshooter
Bobby Lee in tow, Ranger Garnett is determined to recover the criminal and the hostage before they cross the Texas border.
Phillip comes from a family whose attachment to their religion forbids him from indulging in any of the normal pursuits common for children of his age. All of eight years old, the boy has never participated... Read More