True Romance

1993, Crime/Romance, 1h 56m

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Fueled by Quentin Tarantino's savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott's True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense. Read critic reviews

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A comic-book nerd and Elvis fanatic Clarence (Christian Slater) and a prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette) fall in love. Clarence breaks the news to her pimp and ends up killing him. He grabs a suitcase of cocaine on his way out thinking it is Alabama's clothing. The two hit the road for California hoping to sell the cocaine, but the mob is soon after them.

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  • Jun 22, 2013
    interesting to see Tony Scott directing a Tarantino script and it's great to see him develop it with such care. The violence is typically in your face and full on but the characters and cast thrive. The Walken and Hopper scene has tension to burn. Classic film and a Tarantino film never the less. it's a shame Natural Born Killers wasn't torn apart by Stone. The original script had more in common with Pulp Fiction regarding the non linear narrative.
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  • Mar 12, 2013
    True Romance is a stellar romantic crime film that is brilliantly directed by Tony Scott with a well written script by Quentin Tarantino. With a great cast of terrific actors, True Romance is a must see crime picture that is sure to delight movie buffs. This is an exhilarating and highly entertaining film from start to finish that illustrates the brilliant direction of Tony Scott and original writing style that has Quentin Tarantino famous. This is one of the best crime films that I have seen, and the cast itself is one that is sure to delight filmgoers everywhere. Every actor here gives something to the film to make it that much better, and the two leads were great as well. There are some darkly humorous parts here and there to compliment the serious tone of the film, and everything works well enough to keep you engaged from start to finish. Over the course of his career Tony Scott has made some great films. Forget Top Gun as being his best, it isn't. This is his strongest effort. I feel that he really became a confident director with this movie, and he felt even more comfortable behind his camera. Top Gun was a decent affair, but quite overrated. But True Romance is his masterwork. This is simply put an effectively well directed picture that has a truly unique, crazy plot with a memorable cast of talented actors. Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino have created something great here, and it delivers a truly awesome film going experience that you soon won't forget. If you come across True Romance, definitely give it a view, you won't be disappointed. Tony Scott would direct much more exhilarating films in terms of pulse pounding action, but they would also be fairly hit and miss. But with True Romance, he uses the basics of a simple plot, and it makes for a much more convincing and enjoyable movie.
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  • Dec 14, 2012
    "True Romance" is one of the most underrated movies of all time, by far. This was the first movie written by Quentin Tarantino(Tony Scott directs), and it ranks right up there with his best(well except "Pulp Fiction", but that's on a whole different level). I love this movie. It's still fresh, original, and exciting after almost 20 years. It's the story of Clarence(Christian Slater) and his roller coaster relationship with Alabama(Patricia Arquette) a call girl. When Clarence kills her pimp(Gary Oldman) he accidentally steals a suitcase full of cocaine. From there he and Alabama head to L.A. while the mafia is after them. This has one of the craziest casts ever. Christopher Walken, Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Hopper, James Gandolfini, and Brad Pitt, among many others fill out the terrific roster of A level talent. This movie will make you laugh, cringe at the violence, and probably bring you close to tears towards the end. It's a true experience of a movie that resonates and stays with you. I popped this in the other night at around 11 p.m., and didn't intend to finish it, but couldn't stop watching. It's just riveting, and a movie that makes you glued to the screen. If you have never seen this, you are missing out, and NEED to go get a copy. This is an absolute must watch.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2012
    A Tarantino script leads to an off-the-wall crazy story that has all sorts of unexpected bits, gunplay and Christopher Walken. What else could you possibly want?
    John B Super Reviewer

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