A Perfect World
DIRECTOR: CLINT EASTWOOD
CAST: KEVIN COSTNER, CLINT EASTWOOD, LAURA DERN
Coming off the enormous popular and critical success of 1992’s Unforgiven, Eastwood rolled out this strange and melancholy mentor-mentee story criss-crossing Texas on the eve of the Kennedy assassination. A never-better Kevin Costner plays an escaped convict, T.J. Lowther is the seven-year-old hostage to whom the con becomes an unlikely role model, and Eastwood is the seen-it-all Texas Ranger who’s hot on their trail, sparring all along the way with tough women’s-libber criminologist Laura Dern. A poignant and unusually funny quartet of pitch perfect character studies, A Perfect World picks up thematic threads from another Eastwood film about backroad ramblings and flawed father figures, 1982’s Honkytonk Man, here putting two odd couples on a collision course that ends in a real sense of tragedy.