Quentin Tarantino’s TRUE ROMANCE
Directed By Tony Scott | Written By Quentin Tarantino | 1993 | rated R | 1 hr. 56 min.
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TRUE ROMANCE, Written by Quentin Tarantino & Directed by the late, great Tony Scott.
It has been two decades since the late Tony Scott delivered us one of the most entertaining films of the 90s. TRUE ROMANCE was the second screenplay written by Quentin Tarantino. His first being 92’s “Reservoir Dogs”. Director Tony Scott (“Beverly Hills Cop II”, “Top Gun”, & “The Last Boy Scout”) gave Tarantino’s story the right amount of style and one hell of a supporting cast, which included Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Saul Rubinek, Val Kilmer, with the late James Ganolfini and Dennis Hopper. TRUE ROMANCE featured Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in the leads. Of course, I can’t help but wonder, what TRUE ROMANCE would have been like if Tarantino directed it himself. Nevertheless, Scott’s vision turned out awesomely.
Quentin Tarantino scripted this wild and wooly blend of action and dark comedy, which reached theaters a year before his breakthrough hit Pulp Fiction. Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is a well-meaning but socially unskilled comic-shop clerk whose idea of a big night out is catching a Sonny Chiba triple-feature at a downtown grindhouse. Clarence is celebrating his birthday in just such a manner when he meets a beautiful girl named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), and it’s love at first sight for both of them. Clarence’s enthusiasm isn’t dampened much when he discovers Alabama is actually a prostitute who was paid by his boss to bump into him; she’s only been in the business for a few days, and is more than eager to give up streetwalking to be with Clarence. However, Alabama is certain her pimp, Drexl (Gary Oldman), will not be happy; he’s an ill-mannered sort with mob connections and a fondness for violence. Chivalrous Clarence offers to break the news to Drexl and collect her belongings, but he doesn’t tell her he also plans to kill Drexl while he’s there; a melee breaks out that leaves Drexl and his henchmen dead. Clarence grabs a suitcase that he thinks contains Alabama’s clothes, but he discovers it instead holds five million dollars’ worth of cocaine. The couple hits the road for California, planning to sell the dope and enjoy the good life in South America with the proceeds, but soon a group of very unhappy underworld characters are after them, as well as the police. True Romance also stars Dennis Hopper as Clarence’s father, Christopher Walken as a mob boss who wants his cocaine back, Brad Pitt as a cheerful stoner, and Val Kilmer as the ghost of Elvis Presley.
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