True Romance (1993)

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In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it. --IMDb
Christian Slater
Christian Slater
Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
Review by Chad
Added: April 07, 2004
We open up the movie with Clarence trying to pick up on a lady in a bar. As usual with a Tarantino movie, the opener is full of some nice dialogue; in this one, it's about Elvis and how great he was. The lady seems interested, until Clarence asks her if she wants to go see a Sonny Chiba triple-feature with him. She denies him, and he goes up there alone. As he's watching his movie, Alabama walks into the theatre and spills some popcorn on him. One thing leads to another, and soon they're talking. One more thing leads to yet another, and they're bumping uglies in his apartment. Some storyline twists happen, and Clarence learns of a fellow by the name of Drexl who has been less than kind to our lovely lady, and Clarence goes over to meet this guy. He winds up with a suitcase full of cocaine, and hauls ass out of town with his new found cola. He intends to sell it and make some money, but the mafia wants it back. The cops want to bust them. Who will find him first?

Excellent movie, penned by our good pal Quentin. The storyline is great, it flows nicely, stays on track, and has no flaws to be found anywhere. There's lots of little sub-scenes which tie into the greater story in the end, which makes for a nice movie; and almost all of the characters are developed well, not just thrown on screen to throw down some lines. Speaking of them, there's a whole slew of big-name cameo appearances; Samuel L. Jackson as Big Don, a drug-dealer (who has a great, albeit short, dialogue about the virtues of eating pussy). There's Brad Pitt as Floyd, a stoner friend of Dick's. Gary Oldman as Drexl, the wigger pimp. Christopher Walken as Vincenzo, a higher-up mafia man. Val Kilmer as the ghost of Elvis. With all these big names involved, there's still no detracting from the big picture; each of these gentlemen only get a few minutes of on-air time, with Walken getting the most... about ten minutes in one scene. And for our main cast, we have Christian Slater as Clarence, and Patricia Arquette as Alabama. I'm not a huge fan of Slater, but he did great in this role, as did Arquette.

Back to the storyline side of things, again, it all flows nicely. There's the typical mix of comedy, love, action, and violence... but each part is used just right, no aspect of it gets old or boring; the running time of two hours seemed to fly by, which is a rarity for yours truly. Extremely high thumbs up on all that, so I believe a 9/10 should do it.
Schillinger #1: Schillinger - added 08/22/2004, 02:42 AM
This movie was pretty good. Brad Pitt stole the show as the hilarious stoner.
makeyourselfscarce #2: makeyourselfscarce - added 11/06/2004, 05:35 PM
I think Walken was actually the one who made off with the show in his scene with Dennis Hopper, possibly the most well-acted and well-written that I've ever seen.
Tristan #3: Tristan - added 05/26/2005, 06:54 PM
Damn good movie, some classic lines, and some all around bitching acting. Personal favorite.
danimigra #4: danimigra - added 03/25/2008, 11:03 AM
i remember this movie when i was young and was total inspiring to be a bad boy.... haa.. good movie
AttnDefDis #5: AttnDefDis - added 06/26/2009, 12:52 PM
This movie deserves a 10/10. It's perfect just the way it is. My favorite scene by far was between Patricia Arquette and James Gandolfini, but there are a ton of memorable scenes and I love every cameo.
Ginose #6: Ginose - added 03/05/2010, 12:47 AM
I hate to agree so heatidly with someone who hasn't used this site in almost five years, but the scene with Walken and Hopper was fucking spectacular.
The movie is pretty good, too. 8.3/10
Danington138 #7: Danington138 - added 09/08/2014, 11:35 PM
My only critique is Gary Oldman as that gangster dude felt kinda fucky.
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