Combustible Celluloid
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With: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther, Keith Szarabajka, Leo Burmester, Paul Hewitt, Bradley Whitford, Ray McKinnon, Jennifer Griffin, Leslie Flowers, Belinda Flowers, Darryl Cox, Jay Whiteaker, Taylor Suzanna McBride, Bruce McGill
Written by: John Lee Hancock
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and language
Running Time: 138
Date: 11/23/1993

A Perfect World (1993)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Ghost Dusters

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Right on the heels of his critical and box-office smash Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood made this outstanding, haunting tale of an escaped convict (Kevin Costner in his greatest performance), and it was completely ignored. The convict kidnaps a little boy wearing a Casper the Friendly Ghost costume on Halloween night and spends the rest of the film trying to evade the law. The two form a strange bond during their trip, which takes place among the wide-open cornfields of the Midwest. Eastwood co-stars in an atypical role as an ineffectual lawman who drives around in a big, clunky, high-tech trailer. Laura Dern plays a criminologist who gets to verbally spar with him.

Warner Brothers did a fine job with this beautiful widescreen transfer, although they more or less dumped this film and two other Eastwoods -- Firefox and Heartbreak Ridge -- onto DVD with no fanfare.

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