Rated: PG-13 for violence and language. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: November 24, 1993 Released by: Warner Brothers
Kevin Costner stars as Butch Haynes, an escaped convict who takes 8-year-old Phillip (T.J. Lowther) as his hostage.
The setting is in the 1960s as Haynes drives through Texas stealing cars, clothes and food, on his way to Alaska.
Clint Eastwood directs and produces, besides costarring as a Texas Ranger who's in charge of capturing Haynes. He plays a minor role as the weathered Ranger, as he rides in the back of a silver trailer equipped as a communications center.
Laura Dern costars as a criminologist, whose character appears to be an afterthought to provide a token female.
Wearing a pair of jeans, cigarette hanging out of his mouth and a mean streak hidden behind a boyish grin, Costner is at his best. His bonding with Phillip almost belies his troubled past, until the end of the film when he reacts violently to a man who takes them in for the night.
Lowther as the wide-eyed boy, who's so desperate for a father figure in his life that he'll trust anyone, is a talented, expressive little actor.
Eastwood has a propensity to under-light his indoor scenes, and continues that trend here. I found myself squinting whenever the action moved inside.
The film moves very slowly to a predictable conclusion, so the best reason to catch this flick is for Costner's strong performance.
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