1993   USA True Romance
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Director:Tony Scott
Studio:Warner Brothers
Writer:Quentin Tarantino
IMDb Rating:7.9 (85,126 votes)
Awards:6 nominations
Genre:Crime, Romance, Thriller
Duration:119 min
Tony Scott  ...  (Director)
Quentin Tarantino  ...  (Writer)
Christian Slater  ...  Clarence Worley
Patricia Arquette  ...  Alabama Whitman
Michael Rapaport  ...  Dick Ritchie
Bronson Pinchot  ...  Elliot Blitzer
Val Kilmer  ...  Elvis, Mentor
Dennis Hopper  ...  Clifford Worley
Gary Oldman  ...  Drexl Spivey
Brad Pitt  ...  Floyd
Tom Sizemore  ...  Cody Nicholson
Christopher Walken  ...  Vincenzo Coccotti
Samuel L. Jackson  ...  Big Don
Saul Rubinek  ...  Lee Donowitz
James Gandolfini  ...  Virgil
Victor Argo  ...  Lenny
Frank Adonis  ...  Frankie
Conchata Ferrell  ...  Mary Louise Ravencroft
Anna Levine  ...  Lucy (as Anna Thomson)
Jeffrey L. Kimball  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead?

Summary: It was directed with energetic skill by Top Gun Tony Scott, but this 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 favorite 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

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