Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: September 10, 1993
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ashleysouthgateJan 7, 2012
The most romantic movie I've ever seen. The movie has an edgy fast paced script/story, made even more brilliant by the actors and director. There is a raw quality to the movie, which all Tarantino's movies have (Although he only wrote this,The most romantic movie I've ever seen. The movie has an edgy fast paced script/story, made even more brilliant by the actors and director. There is a raw quality to the movie, which all Tarantino's movies have (Although he only wrote this, not direct). In a nutshell this movie is a gem amongst masterpieces (it's piers).
(The 2 Disc Special Edition, Director's Cut was worth every penny and the wait. Tarantino's commentary is probably the best I've ever heard.)
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TokyochuchuJun 17, 2012
True Romance is an unforgettable classic. There are so many scenes that stick with you forever; a psychotic wannabe rasta Gary Oldman, the scintillating exchange between Walken and Hopper, a condescension-disliking Brad Pitt, the mother ofTrue Romance is an unforgettable classic. There are so many scenes that stick with you forever; a psychotic wannabe rasta Gary Oldman, the scintillating exchange between Walken and Hopper, a condescension-disliking Brad Pitt, the mother of all hotel room gun fights... The list could go on. Excellently scripted by Quentin Tarentino and efficiently directed by Tony Scott, True Romance is a movie not to be missed. Expand
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HalfwelshmanOct 17, 2011
True Romance may well be Tony Scott's finest film, and this is largely due to a strong helping hand from Quentin Tarantino. Not that Scott is an incompetent director when working on his own, but it is Tarantino's razor-sharp script thatTrue Romance may well be Tony Scott's finest film, and this is largely due to a strong helping hand from Quentin Tarantino. Not that Scott is an incompetent director when working on his own, but it is Tarantino's razor-sharp script that really shines. The ensemble cast is exceptional - Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as Clarence and Alabama have great on-screen chemistry, and other notable highlights include James Gandolfini's imposing, sadomasochistic mafia henchman Virgil, Gary Oldman's pimp character Drexl, Val Kilmer's "Kingly" manifestation of Clarence's conscience, and Brad Pitt also has fun playing a stoner. For the most part, the film's plot keeps you entertained, (and Hans Zimmer's cracking score does keep things moving along nicely) though the overplayed finale disappoints slightly (strangely beautiful ballet of violence though it is). I'm not quite sure what the message behind the film is (if there really is one) - you have to kill a few people, smuggle drugs and escape to Mexico to truly love someone, perhaps? Tarantino had directed the film as he originally intended to do the end result would have been a little more consistent, but even as it is, the film is still a strangely fulfilling romp. Expand
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MovieGuysJan 5, 2014
True Romance is the first movie of this caliber I've seen where everything seemed to go right in the end for our two protagonists. Yes, they were shot, bloodied, beat up, and then some, but they did what they set out to do: sell a boatload ofTrue Romance is the first movie of this caliber I've seen where everything seemed to go right in the end for our two protagonists. Yes, they were shot, bloodied, beat up, and then some, but they did what they set out to do: sell a boatload of cocaine for $200,000 and go to Mexico. I respect filmmakers like Tarantino and Scott that make a movie like that; a film where there's no conditions or sacrifices the characters have to ultimately make, one where we're happy because they're happy. Once Alabama and Clarence were married, they didn't fight once. Not once. That's the kind of marriage I think we all want to have! Expand
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iamtrent424Mar 27, 2011
Love it. A very good romance Crime drama movie. I love the romance scene in this movie. Very Romantic and Bloody movie. A fine written movie. This movie has good acting , directing , and well written.
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OosterbunnyJan 9, 2011
This movie was amazing, i watch it at least three times year. Great soundtrack, great cast : â
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j30Jan 26, 2012
Tony Scott directs this Quentin Tarantino penned flick that's straight out of left field. It has cult classic written all over it.
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wildermovreviewJan 28, 2012
The film was written by Quentin Tarantino, and it really shows with the sharp dialogue and crazy plot. The film centres around Clarence (Christian Slater) who meets and marries Alabama (Patricia Arquette). After Clarence goes to get Alabamaâ
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MuscleCarLoverJan 30, 2012
This is one of my all time great films, great background music and super Tarrantino dialogue. Strong story line and gripping throughout. The ending is unpredictable and superb.

Brad Pitt, Christian Slater Gary Oldman and the other many
This is one of my all time great films, great background music and super Tarrantino dialogue. Strong story line and gripping throughout. The ending is unpredictable and superb.

Brad Pitt, Christian Slater Gary Oldman and the other many stars give a great believable presence. A must see film for gangster film lovers.
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HidekiNaraFeb 8, 2012
True Romance is a film that plays around and switches it's genre around at so many points, it mixes between dark drama, thriller and comedy. It twists around so much that you end up feeling lost on how you're supposed to take it. This is notTrue Romance is a film that plays around and switches it's genre around at so many points, it mixes between dark drama, thriller and comedy. It twists around so much that you end up feeling lost on how you're supposed to take it. This is not a bad thing, the film's jerkiness mixes with your emotions you don't know what to expect, it also throws out some shocking death scenes you don't see coming with some great actors popping up and disappearing throughout. Gary Oldman is terrific as the pimp Drexel. Christopher Walken pops up in the most memorable and greatest scenes of the movie. It's a dynamic film with a great surprising cast of characters and actors...keep an eye out for Samuel L. Jackson in a brief appearance. Expand
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A_NorthernerApr 26, 2012
No excuses for having never seen this film until now! Released all the way back in 1993 with a Quentin Tarantino script, True Romance is an energetic, fast-paced, road movie starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as Tarantino'sNo excuses for having never seen this film until now! Released all the way back in 1993 with a Quentin Tarantino script, True Romance is an energetic, fast-paced, road movie starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as Tarantino's Bonnie and Clyde on the run from the mob.

The film bears all the hallmarks of Tarantino films of this era, it oozes his trademark combination of glamourous violence and cool characters and in many aspects is the trial run for Pulp Fiction and Natural Born Killers. While this may not have been the case back in 1993, looking back the film features an ensemble cast of supporting actors including Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L Jackson, James Gandolfini and Christopher Walken, each of which Tarantino gives an interesting character with at least one scene to stand-out and make their own. Of particular mention is the famous 'Sicilian' scene between Walken and Hopper.

A must see film for any Tarantino fan.
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cameronmorewoodNov 15, 2012
Though it isn't his best work, True Romance still has that vibrant Tarantino energy that keeps our eyes pervasively glued to the screen. The scene between Walken and Hopper is genius, and the film is worth-watching just because of it.
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LaMagiadeVirueAug 10, 2013
Otra vez lo hizo. Aunque la película no es de las nuevas, ni de las mejores, nuevamente Tarantino me soprendió con su película. Bien dirigida por Tony Scott y impresionante historia por Tarantino, la película esta bien actuada, con unaOtra vez lo hizo. Aunque la película no es de las nuevas, ni de las mejores, nuevamente Tarantino me soprendió con su película. Bien dirigida por Tony Scott y impresionante historia por Tarantino, la película esta bien actuada, con una grotesca acción que la hace mas que buena. Expand
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wingnutz25Sep 20, 2013
Can you name a better love story on film? This movie is my second favorite flick of all time. I believe Tony Scott to be top 5 all time in action movie making. Combine Scott's skills with QT's second to none writing and you get this loyalCan you name a better love story on film? This movie is my second favorite flick of all time. I believe Tony Scott to be top 5 all time in action movie making. Combine Scott's skills with QT's second to none writing and you get this loyal love story masterpiece. This movie shows the world some of the best acting scenes ever. I recommend this movie to younger viewers allowed to watch it. Compare it to the trash made today. Easily Slater's best performance. We lost an alltime great helmer in Tony Scott. Expand
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Longo12Feb 17, 2014
Great movie! Just another example of Tarantinos fantastic writing ability. Not to say thats the only great thing, the acting from every actor in it is very good and Tony Scott does a great job. Definetly a must see film, especially if you'reGreat movie! Just another example of Tarantinos fantastic writing ability. Not to say thats the only great thing, the acting from every actor in it is very good and Tony Scott does a great job. Definetly a must see film, especially if you're a fan of Tarantino. Expand
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LindaM.Mar 25, 2006
Best Movie Eva!!! And Alabama is the cutest character I've ever seen LOL! Patricia Arquette is so gorgeous! I just love the whole storyline and how much Clarence and Alabama love each other, from the moment they meet!
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BillD.Nov 24, 2006
This is one of the all-time greats although it does seem like it is just a combination of some of the best scenes and not one cohesive story. It would've been cool to see Tarantino direct it as well. BUT - each scene is more memorable This is one of the all-time greats although it does seem like it is just a combination of some of the best scenes and not one cohesive story. It would've been cool to see Tarantino direct it as well. BUT - each scene is more memorable than the next - just a great f'in movie. Expand
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DavorK.Mar 28, 2006
Don't read other people's comments. The only way to find out what a real film fun should look like is to see the film. If you wanna seduce your friend, take him/her with you!
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SpangleFeb 13, 2017
An absolutely wild film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino, True Romance is a real guy's movie to watch on Valentine's Day or the day before, as it was in my case. Starring an ensemble cast with a tremendous cast ofAn absolutely wild film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino, True Romance is a real guy's movie to watch on Valentine's Day or the day before, as it was in my case. Starring an ensemble cast with a tremendous cast of characters in small cameo-esque roles throughout that really add thunder to this film. Over-the-top, stupid, and thoroughly Tarantino, True Romance is an odd little love story with an affinity for guns, unexpected drug dealing, and a whole cast of gangsters, cops, and movie producers, all vying for the coke from an unexpected source. With great acting and writing, the film may be a bit predictable and is thoroughly cliched, but is remains terrific entertainment throughout its runtime.

The best scene in the film is the infamous "Sicilian scene" with Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper. It is all we see of Walken's mysterious Don Vincenzo, the consigliere for infamous gangster Blue Lou Boyle, who had his coke accidentally stolen by stupid Clarence (Christian Slater). With the coke worth than $500,000, it should be clear that he is unhappy. Going to Clarence's father Clifford (Hopper), Don Vincenzo gives the man a chance to talk. A raw, tough-nosed conversation, it is a brilliantly eloquent, concise, and written sequence by Tarantino. Naturally, Walken nails the role and is a real highlight of the film as a whole. The nervous energy given off by Hopper, but his solid defiance to this brutally violent man before him is equally terrific. This is a scene that gives Tarantino to spin this crime yarn into something of higher literary significance and he does it, with a gorgeously penned scene. Walken and Hopper do the writing justice, plus some.

In a typically chameleon-like performance, Gary Oldman also steals the show as pimp Drexl Spivey. Confronted by Clarence to free Alabama (Patricia Arquette) from his grasp and also the man with the coke from Blue Lou Boyle, Oldman's Drexl is a black man wannabe with a scarred face, one eye, and long brown dreadlocks. This man really is a chameleon. Psychotic, unhinged, and an undeniably wild pimp, Oldman's character may be my favorite from the film, even though Walken's terrific Sicilian gangster gets the best scene in the entire film.

Naturally, James Gandolfini is also tremendous in this film as Don Vincenzo's trigger man Virgil. Roughing up Alabama to find out where the coke is, Virgil takes a liking to her and let's her take one shot before he finishes her off. Menacing, tough, and yet warm and oddly approachable like only an oddly good guy Gandolfini can be, the film finds yet another great scene with Galdolfini's moment in the spotlight.

The film also finds a great source of energy from Brad Pitt's Floyd. He never really gets a scene to himself, rather he is always a supporting character. That said, he is hysterical as a druggy who is always high. Letting the gangsters know Clarence's every move while offering them drugs the whole time, Floyd is a real gem of a character. No surprise he inspired Pineapple Express given how well he would fit in that film. The best moment with Floyd comes as a gangster pulls a gun causing a delayed, high reaction from Pitt as he mutters, "Woah."

Yet, the stars here are Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Less compelling than the rest of the supporting cast, their twisted love story is one only Tarantino could concoct. In essence, it is a dry run for Natural Born Killers without the constantly bloodshed and via the direction of Tony Scott. Thus, it is less coked up and more restrained than Oliver Stone's film. Though less interesting than the other characters, their Bonnie & Clyde-esque matchup of a hooker with a heart of gold and a lonely man with limited romantic experience is somehow charming and sweat. True Romance is a film that violently argues that, to love somebody, you must kill for them. Clarence and Alabama pull the trigger for one another, in the most romantic acts ever and in an attempt to be Elvis (Val Kilmer) cool.

Kinetic, insane, and thoroughly Tarantino, the film is not really a Tony Scott film. Yet, his assured hand does help keep it a bit more restrained without descending into complete parody. With a tremendous cast that all nail their roles, True Romance is a very good film that is simply fun and somehow romantic.
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EdwardGregoryApr 19, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind of emotional or moral consequence: the hero gets his father killed, the heroine guns down a cop during a drug deal gone sour, but they both drive off happily into the sunset, untainted by the mayhem they have left in their wake.

Are we expected to buy into this bloody fairytale? Are we supposed to like these self-obsessed, homicidal maniacs? The answer to both these questions is a resounding yes, because the wishes being fulfilled here belong to former geeky shop assistant Quentin Tarantino, and he had the talent to flesh out his fantasy with vividly-drawn characters spouting instantly classic dialogue during jaw-dropping set-pieces.

The I’d **** Elvis speech that introduces comic book clerk Clarence, the rooftop confession and declaration of love by Alabama, the showdown with Drexl, Virgil at the motel and, of course, the Sicilian scene are all hugely appealing to any budding hopeful. What Tarantino couldnt have known when he was scribbling away behind the counter at Video Archives, however, is that they would be equally attractive to established and, in some cases, legendary stars.

Despite his earlier reservations, Pitt signed on to play a bone idle stoner flatmate; the notoriously picky Gary Oldman sank his post-Dracula teeth into the role of a racially-confused pimp; and Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore and Samuel L. Jackson happily played virtual bit parts. Add never-to-be-bettered work from Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette to the mix, and you already have something special. But the genuinely great moments in True Romance belong to James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

Even with an excellent screenplay and a rogues gallery of protagonists waiting to be brought to life, any film needs the right director, and True Romance boasts an ideal helmer in the unlikely shape of Tony Scott. Who better than the director of Top Gun to bring an arrested adolescents fantasy to life? Scott verges on self-parody in terms of the gloss and pace he brings to proceedings, giving the movie a relentless energy that never allows the audience to stop and consider the absurdity of it all.

Alabamas execution of Virgil, complete with feral scream and lovingly photographed, blood-soaked breasts, earned the film notoriety and a run-in with the censors, although Scotts approach to the material is best summed up by another, less controversial creative decision. The script has Clarences initial drug-hawking meeting with Elliot take place, unremarkably enough, in a zoo, but the director wanted something with a little more pizzazz, so he set the sequence on a rollercoaster. Tarantino is overstating the case when he compares Scott to undervalued auteurs of the past (Douglas Sirk he aint), but theres no doubt he was perfect to orchestrate this wild ride.

This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever!
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EddyGregsApr 20, 2015
Shy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading for some complications... like hitmen and psycho drug dealers.

Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script
Shy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading for some complications... like hitmen and psycho drug dealers.

Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind of emotional or moral consequence: the hero gets his father killed, the heroine guns down a cop during a drug deal gone sour, but they both drive off happily into the sunset, untainted by the mayhem they have left in their wake.

Are we expected to buy into this bloody fairytale? Are we supposed to like these self-obsessed, homicidal maniacs? The answer to both these questions is a resounding yes, because the wishes being fulfilled here belong to former geeky shop assistant Quentin Tarantino, and he had the talent to flesh out his fantasy with vividly-drawn characters spouting instantly classic dialogue during jaw-dropping set-pieces.

This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever!

One of my Favorites! :D
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FilmMasterApr 21, 2015
A shy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading for some complications... like hitmen and psycho drug dealers.

Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance
A shy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading for some complications... like hitmen and psycho drug dealers.

Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal.

Even with an excellent screenplay and a rogues gallery of protagonists waiting to be brought to life, any film needs the right director, and True Romance boasts an ideal helmer in the unlikely shape of Tony Scott. Who better than the director of Top Gun to bring an arrested adolescents fantasy to life? Scott verges on self-parody in terms of the gloss and pace he brings to proceedings, giving the movie a relentless energy that never allows the audience to stop and consider the absurdity of it all.

Alabamas execution of Virgil, complete with feral scream and lovingly photographed, blood-soaked breasts, earned the film notoriety and a run-in with the censors, although Scotts approach to the material is best summed up by another, less controversial creative decision. The script has Clarences initial drug-hawking meeting with Elliot take place, unremarkably enough, in a zoo, but the director wanted something with a little more pizzazz, so he set the sequence on a rollercoaster. Tarantino is overstating the case when he compares Scott to undervalued auteurs of the past (Douglas Sirk he aint), but theres no doubt he was perfect to orchestrate this wild ride.

This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever.

A True Masterpiece.
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MovieManiac83Apr 24, 2015
Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind ofQuentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind of emotional or moral consequence: the hero gets his father killed, the heroine guns down a cop during a drug deal gone sour, but they both drive off happily into the sunset, untainted by the mayhem they have left in their wake.

Are we expected to buy into this bloody fairytale? Are we supposed to like these self-obsessed, homicidal maniacs? The answer to both these questions is a resounding yes, because the wishes being fulfilled here belong to former geeky shop assistant Quentin Tarantino, and he had the talent to flesh out his fantasy with vividly-drawn characters spouting instantly classic dialogue during jaw-dropping set-pieces.

Despite his earlier reservations, Pitt signed on to play a bone idle stoner flatmate; the notoriously picky Gary Oldman sank his post-Dracula teeth into the role of a racially-confused pimp; and Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore and Samuel L. Jackson happily played virtual bit parts. Add never-to-be-bettered work from Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette to the mix, and you already have something special. But the genuinely great moments in True Romance belong to James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

Even with an excellent screenplay and a rogues gallery of protagonists waiting to be brought to life, any film needs the right director, and True Romance boasts an ideal helmer in the unlikely shape of Tony Scott. Who better than the director of Top Gun to bring an arrested adolescents fantasy to life? Scott verges on self-parody in terms of the gloss and pace he brings to proceedings, giving the movie a relentless energy that never allows the audience to stop and consider the absurdity of it all.

Alabamas execution of Virgil, complete with feral scream and lovingly photographed, blood-soaked breasts, earned the film notoriety and a run-in with the censors, although Scotts approach to the material is best summed up by another, less controversial creative decision. The script has Clarences initial drug-hawking meeting with Elliot take place, unremarkably enough, in a zoo, but the director wanted something with a little more pizzazz, so he set the sequence on a rollercoaster. Tarantino is overstating the case when he compares Scott to undervalued auteurs of the past (Douglas Sirk he aint), but theres no doubt he was perfect to orchestrate this wild ride.

This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever.
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FlickFreaks83Dec 11, 2015
Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind ofQuentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind of emotional or moral consequence: the hero gets his father killed, the heroine guns down a cop during a drug deal gone sour, but they both drive off happily into the sunset, untainted by the mayhem they have left in their wake.

Are we expected to buy into this bloody fairytale? Are we supposed to like these self-obsessed, homicidal maniacs? The answer to both these questions is a resounding yes, because the wishes being fulfilled here belong to former geeky shop assistant Quentin Tarantino, and he had the talent to flesh out his fantasy with vividly-drawn characters spouting instantly classic dialogue during jaw-dropping set-pieces.

The I’d **** Elvis speech that introduces comic book clerk Clarence, the rooftop confession and declaration of love by Alabama, the showdown with Drexl, Virgil at the motel and, of course, the Sicilian scene are all hugely appealing to any budding hopeful. What Tarantino couldnt have known when he was scribbling away behind the counter at Video Archives, however, is that they would be equally attractive to established and, in some cases, legendary stars.

Despite his earlier reservations, Pitt signed on to play a bone idle stoner flatmate; the notoriously picky Gary Oldman sank his post-Dracula teeth into the role of a racially-confused pimp; and Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore and Samuel L. Jackson happily played virtual bit parts. Add never-to-be-bettered work from Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette to the mix, and you already have something special. But the genuinely great moments in True Romance belong to James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

Even with an excellent screenplay and a rogues gallery of protagonists waiting to be brought to life, any film needs the right director, and True Romance boasts an ideal helmer in the unlikely shape of Tony Scott. Who better than the director of Top Gun to bring an arrested adolescents fantasy to life? Scott verges on self-parody in terms of the gloss and pace he brings to proceedings, giving the movie a relentless energy that never allows the audience to stop and consider the absurdity of it all.

Alabamas execution of Virgil, complete with feral scream and lovingly photographed, blood-soaked breasts, earned the film notoriety and a run-in with the censors, although Scotts approach to the material is best summed up by another, less controversial creative decision. The script has Clarences initial drug-hawking meeting with Elliot take place, unremarkably enough, in a zoo, but the director wanted something with a little more pizzazz, so he set the sequence on a rollercoaster. Tarantino is overstating the case when he compares Scott to undervalued auteurs of the past (Douglas Sirk he aint), but theres no doubt he was perfect to orchestrate this wild ride.

This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever.
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ReelViews94Mar 23, 2016
A shy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading for some complications... like hitmen and psycho drug dealers.

Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance
A shy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading for some complications... like hitmen and psycho drug dealers.

Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal.

Even with an excellent screenplay and a rogues gallery of protagonists waiting to be brought to life, any film needs the right director, and True Romance boasts an ideal helmer in the unlikely shape of Tony Scott. Who better than the director of Top Gun to bring an arrested adolescents fantasy to life? Scott verges on self-parody in terms of the gloss and pace he brings to proceedings, giving the movie a relentless energy that never allows the audience to stop and consider the absurdity of it all.

Alabamas execution of Virgil, complete with feral scream and lovingly photographed, blood-soaked breasts, earned the film notoriety and a run-in with the censors, although Scotts approach to the material is best summed up by another, less controversial creative decision. The script has Clarences initial drug-hawking meeting with Elliot take place, unremarkably enough, in a zoo, but the director wanted something with a little more pizzazz, so he set the sequence on a rollercoaster. Tarantino is overstating the case when he compares Scott to undervalued auteurs of the past (Douglas Sirk he aint), but theres no doubt he was perfect to orchestrate this wild ride.

This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever.

A True Masterpiece.
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MovieMasterEddyApr 6, 2016
Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind ofQuentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind of emotional or moral consequence: the hero gets his father killed, the heroine guns down a cop during a drug deal gone sour, but they both drive off happily into the sunset, untainted by the mayhem they have left in their wake.

Are we expected to buy into this bloody fairytale? Are we supposed to like these self-obsessed, homicidal maniacs? The answer to both these questions is a resounding yes, because the wishes being fulfilled here belong to former geeky shop assistant Quentin Tarantino, and he had the talent to flesh out his fantasy with vividly-drawn characters spouting instantly classic dialogue during jaw-dropping set-pieces.

The I’d **** Elvis speech that introduces comic book clerk Clarence, the rooftop confession and declaration of love by Alabama, the showdown with Drexl, Virgil at the motel and, of course, the Sicilian scene are all hugely appealing to any budding hopeful. What Tarantino couldnt have known when he was scribbling away behind the counter at Video Archives, however, is that they would be equally attractive to established and, in some cases, legendary stars.

Despite his earlier reservations, Pitt signed on to play a bone idle stoner flatmate; the notoriously picky Gary Oldman sank his post-Dracula teeth into the role of a racially-confused pimp; and Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore and Samuel L. Jackson happily played virtual bit parts. Add never-to-be-bettered work from Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette to the mix, and you already have something special. But the genuinely great moments in True Romance belong to James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

Even with an excellent screenplay and a rogues gallery of protagonists waiting to be brought to life, any film needs the right director, and True Romance boasts an ideal helmer in the unlikely shape of Tony Scott. Who better than the director of Top Gun to bring an arrested adolescents fantasy to life? Scott verges on self-parody in terms of the gloss and pace he brings to proceedings, giving the movie a relentless energy that never allows the audience to stop and consider the absurdity of it all.

Alabamas execution of Virgil, complete with feral scream and lovingly photographed, blood-soaked breasts, earned the film notoriety and a run-in with the censors, although Scotts approach to the material is best summed up by another, less controversial creative decision. The script has Clarences initial drug-hawking meeting with Elliot take place, unremarkably enough, in a zoo, but the director wanted something with a little more pizzazz, so he set the sequence on a rollercoaster. Tarantino is overstating the case when he compares Scott to undervalued auteurs of the past (Douglas Sirk he aint), but theres no doubt he was perfect to orchestrate this wild ride.

This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever!
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filmgoer101Apr 4, 2017
One of Tarantino's best scripts with a dynamic cast and one of the best scenes in any movie ever featuring Walken and Hopper. Filled with sharp dialogue and great performances. A must see.
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