This curiously overlooked drama from Clint Eastwood, released just after his Oscar triumph with Unforgiven, concerns a prisoner (Kevin Costner) on the run with a kidnapped young boy as protection and the Texas Ranger (Eastwood) and federal agent (Laura Dern) on his tail. Eastwood manages a number of nice touches--the boy's innocence is nicely contrasted with Costner's soft-spoken desperado by the Casper Halloween costume he wears and the law-enforcement officials look vaguely foolish, travelling around the countryside with a high-tech camper in tow. Eastwood gives a grizzled performance that, despite its seen-it-all surface, still feels fresh after all these years, and he coaxes surprisingly sensitive work out of Costner. But it's the sheer, modest scale of this piece that makes it so disarming--no planet lies in jeopardy, there are no cosmic make-or-break consequences here, just committed people doing their job and a well-meaning bad guy hoping things don't get too out of hand while he prevents them from doing so. --David Kronke
Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner) is a convict who has escaped from a Texas jail halfway through a life sentence. Stumbling across a local family, he kidnaps seven-year-old Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther) and sets off to make a quick exit. As he flees the clutches of Texas Ranger Red Garnett (Clint Eastwood), he starts to feel responsible for his bemused hostage, and decides to cast himself as the father figure which the youngster never had. Eastwood also directs.
Prison escapee Butch Haynes, is on the run with a young hostage who sees in Butch the father figure he never had. Wily Texas Ranger Red Garnett, leads 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.
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