Clint Eastwood, hot off of his Academy Award win for Unforgiven, directed this small character study, appearing in the guise of a cops-and-robbers action picture. The film takes place during the fall of 1963. Eight-year old Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther), the son of a devout Jehovah's Witness mother, is staying home while all the other children are out trick-or-treating. But then prison escapee Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner) appears in his kitchen. Needing a hostage to aid him in his escape from jail, he grabs Phillip. Phillip curiously looks up to Butch and willingly accompanies him. Butch gets rid of his fellow escapee after he tries to molest the child, and Butch and Phillip take to the Texas highway, on the run from the cops. The cop in pursuit in this instance is Police Chief Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood), riding in his sleek Populux Airglide trailer -- his "mobile command headquarters." On the road with Garnett is Sally Gerber (Laura Dern), a pushy pre-feminist criminologist, along with a creepy federal agent who is an expert sharpshooter. Butch is not particularly anxious to make it to the Texas borderline, and neither is Garnett in any particular hurry to catch Butch. As Butch and Phillip form a father-son attachment, the paths of Butch and Garnett gradually come together, in time for a final confrontation, after which Garnett confesses, "I don't know nothing. I don't know a damn thing."~Paul Brenner
Really good film directed by the great Clint Eastwood. He also plays a role in it, though he is more of a side character. The real stars are Kevin Costner and whoever plays the boy. Butch (Costner) is an escaped convict that ends up taking the boy hostage, Eastwood is a U.S. Marshall trying to bring him in. Fairly simple story but some crazy things happen and the characters, particularly Butch, have some real complexities. As usual, Eastwood brings out the best in actors in his films. Worth your time to watch!
You put Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood together as bad guy/good guy, then add a brand new, talented and promising child star and head off on a getaway road trip with cool nostalgic cars and what is not to like?
I bought this movie because a friend had never heard of it, and when I described the plot, he was instantly interested. I definitely wanted add this movie to my collection, and to share it with my friend, as well as, with family members. It is a moving story of the unlikely bond developed by an escaped convict and a boy who happens to be Jehovah's Witness.