“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1993 / Director: Tony Scott / Actors: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette ... / DVD released 04 July, 2005 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Director's Cut, PAL, Widescreen „
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I bought this on DVD a little while ago because it's one of those memorable and highly-regarded films. After digging it out last week and giving it another watch I thought I'd review it for those who haven't seen it; whilst it's a bit dated it's still a worth-while watch and it should be on the 'seen it' list of movie lovers.
True Romance introduces us to two central characters, Clarence & Alabama. He's just a guy and she's just a prostitute, but the unlikely pair come together and quickly get married. It's a bit of a whirlwind get-together and I don't think many relationships really function like theirs do, but as we learn more about the characters we learn about their motivations.
Having fallen head over heels in love with Alabama, Clarence is determined to get her things back from her ruthless ex, a big time gangster pimp played by Gary Oldman. Things don't go as expected; after a fight ensues and all hell breaks loose, Clarence does leave with a suitcase, but it doesn't contain his wife's things. Instead, he returns home to find it stashed with a load of coke.
The rest of the film shows us what happens when two newlyweds try to sell their stash to make a quick fortune and run away together whilst being hunted down by gangsters who want to reclaim their property. With the help of a friend, Dick (played by Michael Rapaport) it seems that they may just make it, but Dick's stoner friend, Floyd (Brad Pitt) puts his foot in it and may just jeopardise the whole thing.
For what seems at times to be an average or low budget film, the cast is pretty impressive. Top names include: Christian Slater (Clarence), Patricia Arquette (Alabama), Val Kilmer (Mentor), Samuel L Jackson (Big Don), Brad Pitt (Floyd), Gary Oldman (Drexl), Dennis Hopper (Clifford, Clarence's father), Christopher Walken (the slick, mean Vincenzo Coccotti who's hunting down the newlyweds), Conchata Ferrell (Mary Louise), Michael Rapaport (Dick, Clarences friend) and James Gandolfini (Virgil) amongst others.
Whilst it may not be an entirely believable premise, the direction and acting in this film make it watchable and believable enough to really enjoy. With regards to the direction, Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary were responsible (who also directed Top Gun I believe), so they know what they're doing and how to do it well. The characters have some depth and are engaging, and they add a sense of high quality to the flick. The music is also noteworthy because it's memorable, as are some key scenes. I think I'd classify this as falling into a drama thriller come light comedy in places, but it's definitely a cult classic that will be remembered by some, despite it not necessarily being that well-known within the mainstream. To me, this is a quietly confident film that's entertaining and enjoyable, has some great characters and actors, and maintains a high energy pace that keeps you watching it with ease.
DVD released 2000, film made 1993.
Rated certificate 18, running time 120 minutes.
Selling on Amazon for £4.42
Was and is still one of my favorite films of all times! I see that there are tons of reviews on this, but as it is my favorite I feel I should put my 2p worth in as having re-watched it last night I feel the need to tell everyone how great it is, I couldn't tell you how many times I have watched it over the years but it in the double figures.
Well it certain falls within the cult following of today so could be difficult to specifically pin point as in my eyes it has everything you'd want from a film, so I guess as you can purchase it from Amazon for £2.99p it has almost paid for itself, and is certainly worth its weight in gold.
I first saw this film in 1996, I was 16 and was completely blown away by it. If you were to watch it without reading the blurb on the back you will be rightly pleased with yourself if you guessed it was written by Quentin Tarantino. In hindsight it screams of his doing and as he was new on the scene at the time it seemed way ahead of its time. With 'My best friends Birthday' and 'Reservoir Dogs' before this.
True Romance was released 1993 and billed as an American romance crime film. The film, whilst written by Quentin Tarantino it was actually directed by Tony Scott a legendary director who has made some fantastic films in the past such as Top Gun, Man on Fire and more recently taking of Pelham 123.
When I was first introduced to the film shamefully I did a little judging the book by the cover and was initially put off by the title thinking it was going to be a slushy 'chick flick' Cor-blimey I could not have been more wrong.
Reading a little into the films conception it is established that by 'those who know'' that the title itself is a play on the titles of romance comic books, things I know little about, but the film itself has a strong comic book theme. The film is dark in its nature, raining with crime all around, much like the modern day batman films, made with grit. The main Character Clarence Worley, played by Christian Slater works for his friend in a comic book store, which forms his 'being' as he himself is a comic buff constantly making reference to such things throughout the film.
A loner, Clarence, for his birthday he opts to go to a triple Sonny Chiba Move night at the local cinema where he meets Alabama Whitman played by Patricia Arquette, who will become his whirlwind romance, which I won't give away. They quickly become wed. The two of them seem to have great chemistry and play their dirty, grimey roles well and really seem to work as a couple.
Don't think this is a 'white picket fence' in suburbia type of affair, this is set in the dark dingy industrial town of Detroit, where drugs and violence seem to rule.
Further to the rest of the plot its worth mentioning the some of the additional cast, most of whom have featured in subsequent Tarantino film, or who have played smaller almost cameo roles. Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Corrigan, James Gandolfini and Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer. Hugely impressive I'm sure you'll agree.
Following the swift grungy wedding Clarence decides to free his new wife from the grips of her previous employer Drexl (prompted by his inner voice (who seems too be Elvis) who we see tiny glimpses of, but do not see throughout the film). Drexl (Gary Oldman) is my favorite character, a horrid, dirty, white thinking he is black character who would kill you as blink at you. Elvis convinces Clarence to kill Drexl, during the bumbled attempt and much violence Clarence does so and escapes with what he thinks is Alabama's suit case.
On opening the suitcase, the two find it is full of drugs, which they later discover was had been inevitable stolen previously. Without ruining any of the key features of this film, those who have seen it will know, that the remainder of the film is a fast paced journey as new lovers attempt to rid of drugs, make money and settle in their bliss, Cancun. The many famous name play some amazing characters along the way which again I won't spoil, as when I watch it with 'new viewers' for the first time its fun to see if they can recognise who is who!
Their toil and turmoil has them mixed up with gangsters, drug barons, film makers, friends and foe as they try to rid of the drugs and make a better life, as I say I am betroth to give reems and reems of plot and story as I feel it will ruin the actual beauty of the film, but needless to say there is something in this film you.
It's a high pace film lots of guns, true love throughout, drugs and blood with some fantastic scenes, I have eluded to some, but worthy of note is Tom Sizemore's role and the Walken/Hopper scene, truly great. There's something Rotten in Denmark if you fail to enjoy this.
Thanks for reading, I hope this prompts you to watch it, if not buy it for the collection of must have's.
True Romance is a film which could be placed in many different genres. On the one hand it could be considered a crime thriller, but also has aspects of a romantic comedy. It concerns Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) a young man who lives a lonely life working in a comic-book store who whilst alone in a movie theatre on his birthday, meets a beautiful yet dishevelled girl named Alabama (Patricia Arquette). They hit it off and end up spending the night together, after which she tearfully admits she is a call-irl who Clarence's boss hired to pick him up. She admits she has fallen for him, and he tells her he does not mind, and they soon get married and attempt to start a life together.
Initially everything seems to be going well for the both of them, until Clarence pays a visit to Alabama's pimp Drexl (played by Gary Oldman). Clarence ends up killing Drexl and accidentally taking a bag full of cocaine which later turns out to belong to the Mafia. Clarence and Alabama, on discovering the drugs decide to sell them in order to make money. Pursued by both the mafia and the police, they soon find themselves in a violent chain of events leading to a destructive climax.
Although written by Quentin Tarantino of Pulp Fiction fame and directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man on Fire), it is not a well known film, a fact made all the more surprising by its outstanding cast which includes cameos from Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt and Dennis Hopper. The acting is often over the top, particularly Walken and Oldman's roles, but this is fitting with the nature of the film which is fast--paced, violent and exhilarating. The film changes in tone throughout, from the slow-paced romanticism of the opening scenes building to a brutal, violent climax, and in parts it is incredibly surreal, particularly the scenes where Clarence talks to an apparition of Elvis, played by Val Kilmer. The dialogue is superb - sharp and witty. Particularly the monologue by Dennis Hopper as Clarence's father about Sicilians.
The film does seem a little disjointed at times, and there are certain scenes which make you wonder why they are there at all, however it is one of the most enjoyable films I have come across, and an underrated gem. If you love Tarantino's other films, you will love this. It simply cannot be missed.
True Romance is one of those films where you get a mix of genres, each one managing to feel complete despite an apparent cramming session to make sure they all fit. It's not surprising, I suppose, when you consider that Quentin Tarantino masterminded it in many ways, and that the cast carries some impressive names, from lead roles to brief cameos.
First and foremost, we should look at this as a love story, one not too dissimilar to the relationship we end up seeing in the diner in Pulp Fiction. Comic book shop worker Clarence (Christian Slater) thinks his luck is in when the sexy and sultry hooker Alabama (Patricia Arquette) shows an interest. Despite her initial ulterior motives, the pair soon fall in love and decide they are soul mates, but it's not all plain sailing, as a violent encounter with Alabama's pimp (Gary Oldman) leads to a lot of drugs going missing and our unlikely couple in love trying to get rich quick. Needless to say, Tarantino makes sure this doesn't go anywhere near according to plan!
As the film progresses, we see the variance in genre coming through, as film noir and action thriller make a stand against the strange love story going on. This serves to increase our liking the main couple even more, especially when drugs boss Vincenzo Coccoti (Christopher Walken) starts systemically hunting them down in order to get his large drugs haul back from there thieving little hands. There's a certain naivety that runs throughout Clarence and Alabama's existence in the film, one that lasts and is very endearing, and this means that no matter what they do, you never really blame them for it. The truth is that it's nearly all their fault - their actions are what causes the chain of events to start and a load of characters to get involved on an international level. It really does escalate before you realise whether some plot strains are relevant or not.
Slater and Arquette are brilliant as the charismatic pair in love. They bounce off each other with ease, and while I can't say I've seen anything else with her in, Arquette's performance is great. Slater I have seen in other things, but I don't think I've seen him give a better effort. Of course, having a supporting cast that exudes screen charisma helps. Heavyweights such as Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt and Samuel L Jackson all play their parts very well, however brief they may be at times.
Although Tarantino may have put pen to paper with this one, Tony Scott took the helm to direct it, and I felt this is where the smooth flowing action of the film probably came in. He brings in some nice changes in pace to the film, and I really liked the fact that various different groups of characters would be shown simultaneously, all the while the pace changing but the viewer being able to work out who is who and the sorts of timelines that are happening. The dialogue does take over somewhat, but then you'd expect that from a script that Tarantino has penned, and it's high in entertainment throughout.
There's also quite a lot of violence in the film. Blood is often a feature of Tarantino's films, and Scott duly obliges here, allowing the special effects team to get spattering and staining as best they can. It's done very convincingly and artistically, but without detracting from the main focus of the love story going on at the centre of it all.
Overall then, this is a highly entertaining and fast paced tale that is excellent to watch. Some of Slater's one liners are excellent, delivered with perfection, and some of the genius from the support, with Walken in particular sticking out, for me, means that the balance is good all the way through. I'd highly recommend it - nothing I could fault.
This has to be one of my favourite films of all time. I can watch it over an over again and never get tired of it. It has a huge cast of famous actors. The two main characters of the film are Clarence and Alabama Worley (Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette). Clarence goes to the movies every year on his birthday and watches kung fu films. This time he meets Alabama, who is actually a call girl. His boss has set it all up so that Clarence enjoys his birthday and after they sleep together Alabama confesses everything. This is about the point in the film when they realise they are in love with each other.
The next day they get married. Clarence hears about Alabama's pimp (Drexl - Gary Oldman) knocking around some of the girls and when he goes to collect Alabama's things he kills Drexl. In the confusion and chaos Clarence is given the wrong suitcase and instead of returning home with Alabama's clothes and possessions, he returns home with a suitcase full of cocaine. They decide to try and sell the cocaine and leave for California, where Clarence has a friend who is trying to make it in the film business. Clarence wants to use his connections in the industry to sell the cocaine in a one off move.
There are appearances from Val Kilmer, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt and even Samuel L Jackson (briefly).
This film is quite violent and has some graphic scenes in it but at the same time there is a really beautiful love story happening. Although violent, it is also quite amusing in places. I would have to recommend watching this film to anyone. I'm sure I have not done this film justice in my review but it is worth watching.
This was actually Quentin Tarantino's big break, as such. Though he didn't direct this film himself, he did write it. Originally, he has wanted to direct it, but instead sold the script to get funds or Reservoir Dogs. But it's directed by brilliant action director Tony Scott (who also directed Man on Fire and Crimson Tide), and with his flair for action mixed with a stunning script from Tarantino, this is one of the best action thrillers of all time. As with many Tarantino scripted films, the plot itself is a very simple one. It's about a couple who have the chance to make money illegally, and go for it. But as always, Tarantino layers the script with ever memorable characters and some very sharp dialogue. At the same time, Scott uses his skillful action direction to create some fabulously over the top action scenes. True Romance stars Christian Slater in his only really decent role, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper, with other support from Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Chris Penn and Brad Pitt before he got famous.
Loser comic book store clerk Clarence (Christian Sketer) is out at the movies one night on his birthday when he meets a woman called Alabama (Patricia Arquette), who seemingly likes the same movies as he does, and shares some of the same outlooks on life. They spend the evening watching movies, before going home and sleeping together. However, Alabama comes clean and admits that she is a call girl who was hired for Clarence. But she also admits that she is in love with him. Clarence is also in love, and they decide to get together. They even marry.
However, there is one problem. Alabama has a pimp called Drexyl who wants her back. Clarence, enraged, visits Drexyl (Gary Oldman) and the two fight. Drexyl is killed, along with some other people. Clarence then picks up a suitcase.
He returns to Alabama, and they both decide to try to sell the cocaine in California. But their plan slowly starts to unravel as the gangsters who want the stolen cocaine come after them, and the police get closer to them as well, leading to a really explosive climax, amongst all the other action.
This really is a superb action film from start to finish. The pace of this film is phenomenal, and is totally non stop. From the opening few scenes with a stunning speech from Clarence, to the action scene where Drexyl is killed, then to California where there is a fight at a motel, and the outstanding climax shootout at the hotel as well, this is exceptional and can be named in the same sentence as Lethal Weapon and Die Hard comfortably. The action is frequently over the top, but it works with the film, because in many ways the film is over the top as well. But it really does work. There isn't a moment in this film that is boring or slow. This also has some stunning dialogue in it as well.
And then there is the scene between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken, which deserves a paragraph of its own because it's that good. In a five minute cameo which is just dynamite, Christopher Walken's character interrogates Dennis Hopper's character. Though it's a controversial speech between the two men, it's totally compelling and quite tense, leading to a mini climax of its own. It is surely one of the best scenes in film.
Finally, there is the acting. Again, this film brings out the best in its actors. I'm not a fan of Christian Slater at the best of times, but in this I have to admit he does excel, and it's refreshing to see that he can act when he puts his mind to it. Patricia Arquette is another wasted talent at the best of times, and again in this film she comes to life. There is memorable suppport from Tom Sizemore and this film also boasts Gary Oldman in a terrific but totally bizarre role as Drexyl. But it has to be said that the two men who make this are Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken in their stunning scene together, even though it's just a few minutes long.
All in all, one of the best action crime films of all time with great characters that you want to root for, other characters that are so well acted you just hate them, and some stand out action and dialogue. Unmissable.
When I was about 16 or 17 True Romance was probably my favourite film in the entire world. Last night I dusted off my copy of it and was happy to see that it has definitely stood the test of time.
Written (but not directed) by Quentin Tarantino, True Romance is a suitably bloody and action packed take on a real love story. Clarence Worley, a Geek-chic comic store worker (played by Christian Slater) meets and falls in love with Alabama (Patricia Arquette). The couple are quickly married but leave Detroit amidst a hail of bullets and violence.
After paying a far from harmonious visit to his wife's former pimp, Clarence stumbles on something that will change the couples lives forever. They race across the country to strike it rich amidst the drug fuelled hedonists of Hollywood, but quickly find themselves caught in a game of cat and mouse with the LAPD and the Mob.
There is a quote from Quentin Tarantino which says "anybody who is a fan of this movie can tell you that the title - True Romance - is not ironic... this is true romance". Despite the numerous shootouts and the violence that pervades the film, and the action packed narrative, this is ultimately a story of true love conquering all, against the odds. It is gripping, entertaining and at times quite touching - kind of like a modern day Bonnie and Clyde.
Christopher Walken is brilliant as the cool but lethal mob boss and there is even a small part for Brad Pitt as Floyd the stoner. Samuel L Jackson also makes the briefest of appearances, and adds a bit of sparkle to things albeit fleetingly.
This is quite a sleek, passionate and sexy film (mainly due to Ms Arquette I must admit). True Romance flies along at a frenetic pace, is action packed and has a good solid plot. Christian Slater is very charismatic as Clarence Worley and Patricia Arquette nails the part of Alabama Worley. The pair seem to have a good on screen chemistry.
A minor criticism is that some of the dialogue is a bit cheesy but I'm not sure if that is just me being super critical.
This is a fast paced and action packed love story with a surprising amount of heart. I would recommend it to film fans everywhere although be warned, it is well worth its 18 certificate.
True Romance is a 1993 film written by Quentin Tarantino, directed by Tony Scott.
It features an all star cast with names such as;
Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Michael Rappaport, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Val Kilmer.
Comic book store clerk, Clarence Worley (Slater) meets call girl - of only four days - Alabama Whitman (Arquette) in a movie theater on his birthday and the pair fall in love over a cup of coffee and a slice of pie and get married the very next day.
But trouble with Vincent Coccotti (Walken) over a suitcase full of cocaine and the murder of Alabama's pimp Drexl (Oldman) sends Clarence and Alabama on the run.
They find themselves in L.A. with Clarence's childhood friend Dick Ritchie (Rappaport) and mingling with movie producers and actors trying to sell the cocaine but end up get mixed up in a police raid where Clarence gets shot, luckily only causing him to lose the sight in one eye.
A happy ending to the film shows Clarence, Alabama and their son, Elvis, on the beach at sunset.
A Truly Romantic film, really living up to it's name, which offers a love story, gangsters, mobsters and a police shoot-out.
This really is one of my favourite films, it's a classic. And the sountrack suits the film so well.
True Romance is an action/adventure movie that was released back in 1993 with a number of stars present including Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. But there are plenty of others and they have really packed this movie out with big names. It is high paced and has plenty of action and the times I've watched it I found it to be pretty enjoyable.
The movie itself is the story of Clarence played by Christian Slater. He lives in Detroit and loves comic books and kung fu movies. In truth he keeps himself to himself and has some geeky interests. Suddenly, from nowhere one day an attractive girl falls for him which catches completely by surprise. Alabama is played by Patricia Arquette and is a prostitute who has been hired by Clarence's boss to chat him up. However, as can happen, she doesn't bargain on falling in love with him and is forced to come clean on what's going on.
The end up getting married and Christian Slater takes it upon himself to settle a few scores with her pimp played by Gary Oldman and pick up here clothes. However, he is found dead after he leaves and the suitcase he though contained her clothes is actually filled with cocaine.
And so her pimp's business partners begin a hunt for Clarence and the missing suitcase as you can imagine they are not best pleased by the goings on. So the pair are on a road trip as they try to evade those hunting them down.
Despite the misleading title that makes you think that this is just some chick flick or romantic story it is in fact a good action movie and is high paces from the start to finish. I was interested right from the outset and you certainly won't get bored.
The star studded cast all do a great job in keeping the story moving along at the frantic pace and it is well worth watching for the performances of them and the general storyline.
Written by Tarentino and directed by Tony Scott, True Romance is an intense love story with a difference.
The two main characters meet on Clarence's (Christian Slater) birthday, when Alabama (Patricia Arquette) is hired by his boss to go to the movie theatre where he is watching a run of street fighter films, and eventually sleep with Clarence. They end up falling in love and Clarence sets out to free Alabama from her ties with her pimp.
I don't want to give too much away but they both end up on the run together, fleeing from someone who wants something they have!
My favourite scene, which I would say is my favourite scence in a movie, is when there is an unwanted guest waiting for Alabama waiting for her at the motel they are staying at. She does her best to hide the fact she IS who he is after, but she ends up being attacked. The fight scene between them both is mesmorising. When you think she is about to give up, she finds something within herself to fight back. You can see in her eyes and hear in her screams the love for her man, and she will fight to the death for him.
This is one of my favourite films, and I continue to watch it over and over again, each time discovering something new to fall in love with.
On his birthday, while watching a Street Fighter marathon at the cinema by himself, comic book shop worker Clarence (Christian Slater) meets Alabama, who takes an immediate liking to him. However it turns out that she was a hooker hired by Clarence's boss as a birthday present. But the two fall in love in within days get married. Alabama (Patricia Arquette) seeks to escape her pimp (Gary Oldman), so Christian goes over there to sort everything out, only he accidentally kills the pimp and takes a suitcase of cocaine instead of Alabama's stuff.
What follows next is a wild ride of a film, where Clarence and Alabama try to escape the clutches of the mob -where Christopher Walken and James Gandolfini want their cocaine back. They go to Michael Rapaport's house and try to sell the cocaine to a producer friend of his, all the while leaving behind a trail of destruction, blood and ... well, true romance.
It's written by Quentin Tarantino, and that certainly shows through, but was directed by Tony Scott (brother of Ridley Scott), and so it has a much more linear and dare I say *normal* feel about it. There's nothing that makes it the Tarantino weirdness. Not to say it's boring at all, though, the film works its violence, romance and comedy perfectly and the fights and shootouts are very stylishly done. All in all, the film looks great.
But it's more than that that makes it so good. It's the characterisation of its leading players. Every one of the characters seem so real and are played very well by their actors. Even the small cameos, like Brad Pitt's stoner or Samuel L Jackson's seemingly pointless bit at the beginning are well done. It has a massive all-star cast but none of them really better the other or try to out-act them, leaving with a very solid and balanced film.
It has a good story and a lovely ending (and also an awful alternate one if you have the extra features on the DVD), and definitely worth watching.
Aha... so here we have my top film, in my list of top films. If I were to describe it in 1 word I would say it is "infectious". It is an infectious love story, set in a backdrop of an extremely violent world.
Before I go on I really ought to mention the cast list. I don't think I have ever seen another film with so many big names in it (albeit, some are only cameos, and some are at the beginnings of their respective careers). To rattle some off;
Samuel L Jackson
The guy from Beverly Hills Cop: Serge!
That is an impressive cast list of big name actors! And of course one should add to this written by Quinton Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun). On those credentials alone - this film couldn't go wrong.
Out of the list of characters above, only the main 2 (Slater & Arquette) have much more than 5-10 minutes screen time - the rest have small roles, even cameo in length. It adds to the intensity of the story that the film uses and tosses aside big names like that.
The storyline is very fast paced (too far paced perhaps? Perhaps...) And if you stop to examine it, it really is highly unbelievable, but the fast pace doesn't allow you to stop and think, you just get caught, up and as I said the story becomes infectious. The film even realises that fact and even makes comment that the main character (Slater) is so fast paced, he gives his father a headache.
I could recite the blurb from the back of the box of what the film is about,, but essentially it is your classic love story: boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy is influenced & mentored by the ghost of Elvis, accidently gets on the wrong side of drug dealers and try to escape the situation with life. love & money. Simples.
There is a wonderful scene in this film (topped only by Technoir scene in The Terminator in my list of top scenes in films) It is quite a long monologue scene from Dennis Hopper, knowing his fate, to Chistopher Walken. It is beautifully done with the piano music in the background capturing the moment perfectly.
High adrenaline, high action, high comedy, high thriller, lot of blood & gore & violence & swearing, but overall, even if you are not usually that film kind of person, I can't see how you wouldn't get caught up in this aswell.
Ooh! I almost forgot the music. From the opening scene of the movie there is the most amazing piece of xylophonery (is that a word?) from Hans Zimmer, which features throughout the film. I could listen to this piece of music over and over - it again is infectious, haunting and very atmospheric - fitting perfectly with the theme running throughout the film.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is a fan of comic books and films, and at a cinema, he meets Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette), and the two hit it off quite spectacularly. However, she is actually a hooker hired by Clarence's boss as a birthday present, but the two nevertheless find themselves attracted to one another and as such pursue a relationship. However, Alabama's pimp Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman) creates a problem for them, and so when Drexl gets violent, Clarence kills him, but stupidly forgets to take his wallet from the crime scene, meaning that the bad guys know what he looks like and where his family live, causing them to kidnap his retired cop father Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper). This results in crime boss Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken) confronting Clifford, in a darkly comic scene that sets the tone for the remainer of the film, as Clarence tries to free himself and Alabama from this bind.
This is a thrillingly made film, with plenty of gritty, gloriously messy action that benefits from Tony Scott's frenetic but focused direction. It follows the regular trajectory of a revenge film but also supplants its own unique style into the mix, making it a thoroughly entertaining film that's one of the better films of the early 1990s. Though the writing here isn't among Tarantino's best, the film is still pretty damn entertaining and has his typical mark on it. Ultra-violent and one of the few times that a happy ending doesn't seem contrived, True Romance deftly balances bloodshed with a heartfelt storty. Widely touted as Christian Slater's best film, it also has some excellent bit-parts from the likes of Gary Oldman and Christopher Walken.
True Romance (DVD) - A Quentin Tarantino film
Runtime: 121 minutes
Primary Cast:Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini.
The main characters are newlywed's Clarence and Alabama who are played by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Alabama has been a callgirl for exactly 4 days when Clarence's boss hires her for Clarence. They fall in love and Clarence goes to Alabama's pimp to get her belongings back. This isn't as easy as he hoped but he leaves with a suitcase and makes his way home.
Upon arriving back, the pair quickly discover that the suitcase that he has returned with isn't packed with her belongings but high quality cocaine. They realise this could be their ticket to better things and approach a friend of Clarence's to help sell the coke.
Unfortunately, the owner of the coke wants his product back (Christopher Walken) and will stop at no lengths to ensure it is returned to its rightful owner. He tracks them and uses brute force to try and claim his cocaine.
I won't go any further into it, so as not to spoil the plot for anyone who hasn't seen it. Being a Tarantino film, it is filled with bad language and violence which will not surprise the viewer. Despite this, it is an excellent film with heartwarming moments and you cannot help but be captivated by Clarence and Alabama. The main soundtrack is by Hans Zimmer and entitled "You're So Cool". I love this tune and it features throughout the film.
As with all films, people have different feelings and may love it, hate it or be indifferent. I absolutely love it and can think of nothing better than a quiet night in, this movie and some unhealthy snacks. If you haven't seen it before, why not give it a shot and see if you love it as much as I do!
True Romance is a Quentin Tarantino film and stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in the starring roles. The two play a young couple who experience love at first sight and meet and marry all within a 24 hour period however Arquette character who is called Alabama is a prostitute and her pimp is not happy that she is running off with Clarence (Christian Slater) and soon the pair find themselves on the road with a bag full of stolen cocaine. However violence is never far away as they attempt to evade those pursueing them while also trying to sell the drugs to raise enough money to set them up for a new life.
This is a stylish film which has a nice simple plot and the film works well as an entertaining and suspense filled thriller. Both Slater and Arquette are excellent in their roles playing rather broken and disturbed characters however I found their love story totally convincing in the way that they delivered their eprformances as two people very much in love. and is gorgeous in an unconventional way.
Christopher Walken is a favourite of Tarantino and he plays the gangster looking to hunt the pair down with great style and screen prescence.
I found this to be an excellent thriller with the usual trademark stamp of quality you get with a Tarantino film and this is one that I would certainly recommend.
It was directed with energetic skill by Top Gun Tony Scott, but t his breathtaking 1993 thriller (think of it as an adolescent crime fantasy on steroids) has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. True Romance is really part of a loose trilogy that includes Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, with a crackling Tarantino screenplay that rides a fine line between raucous comedy and violent excess. Christian Slater plays Clarence, the comic-book lover who meets a beguiling prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), confronts her vicious pimp (Gary Oldman), and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favourite Tarantino climax--the "Mexican standoff"--in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. Brutal, profane, and totally outrageous, True Romance is not for everyone, but with a supporting cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, and Val Kilmer (as the ghost of Elvis!), you can be sure this movie will never be boring. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com