Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Written by: John Lee Hancock
Produced by: Clint Eastwood, Mark Johnson, David Valdes
Other cast: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood
Release date: November 24, 1993
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Running time: 2h 18min
Butch, a escaped state prisoner from a Texas jail, kidnaps Philip, a young, impressionable boy. As they embark on a trip across the American Southwest together, a surprising bond grows between the convict and his captive, even as law enforcement forces slowly catch up with them. An honorable Texas Ranger, Red Garnett, understands Butch has a heart of gold, but must pursue him anyway out of duty to the law and a desire to protect the child.
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