Academy Award winners Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood confront each other from opposite sides of the law in A Perfect World, an acclaimed, multilayered manhunt saga that rumbles down Texas back roads toward a harrowing collision with fate. Costner plays Butch Haynes, a hardened prison escapee on the lam with a young hostage (T.J. Lowther in a remarkable film debut) who sees in Butch the father figure he never had. Eastwood is wily Texas Ranger Red Garnett, leading deputies and a criminologist (Laura Dern) on a statewide pursuit. Red knows every road and pothole in the Panhandle. What’s more, he knows the elusive Haynes – because their paths have crossed before. –amazon
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of a steel worker, Eastwood was a college dropout from Los Angeles College, attempting a business related degree. He found work in such B-films as Tarantula (1955), and Francis in the Navy (1955) until he got his first breakthrough with the long-running TV series “Rawhide” (1959). As Rowdy Yates, he made the show his own and became a household name around the country.
But Eastwood found even bigger and better things with Per un pugno di dollari (1964) (“A Fistful of Dollars”), and Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) (“For a Few Dollars More”). But it was the second sequel to “A Fistful of Dollars” where he found one of his trademark roles: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) (“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”). The movie was a big hit and he became an instant international star. Eastwood got some excellent roles… read more
Un film che poteva dare di più ma non lo ha fatto.Il rapporto evaso-bambino promette bene e lo stile on the road potrebbe portare a dei buoni sviluppi, ma la trama risulta troppo banale,non cè il minimo sussulto.Le scene con la polizia sono quasi superflue,Clint emoziona solo quando si mette il cappello e Laura Dern è abbastanza fastidiosa.Finale allungato a dismisura.Peccato,Eastwood ci ha abituato a ben altro.3*
Failed fathers and broken families. Primarily though, a failing of the parent, an abandonment and ruination of innocence. Abuse, neglect, misplaced intentions. What begins as a fairytale (the law enforcement as bumbling fools, until suddenly, tragically, they're not), finally transforms into a melancholy meditation on parents failing children, and the wrenching consequences. Clint's Red looks on, grimacing, another failed "father". "I don't know a goddamn thing..."
I must also mention Eastwood's masterful, subtle mise-en-scene in this film, among his greatest (though none of his films slouch in this department). His camera is able to capture rural America in an almost unequaled way, much like his masterpiece The Bridges of Madison County. Like Ford, Eastwood has a deeply spiritual and moral sense of the American landscape, both physically and culturally.