True Romance

True Romance (1993)

Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.

Directed by
Tony Scott

Genres
Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Cast
Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, Saul Rubinek, Conchata Ferrell, James Gandolfini, Anna Levine, Victor Argo

My Review
How can you go wrong with a Tarantino penned film directed by the likes of Tony “Top Gun” Scott. I mean the credits say it all, Slater, Arquette, Pitt, Rappapport, Balki…er I mean Pinchot, Penn, Sizemore, Gandolfini and so on.

Of course keeping the age in mind it’s hard to blurt out ALL STAR CAST. However, at the time Pitt was hot in Hollywood and this roll is in my book his best ever. Don’t forget Val Kilmer who got starring credit on this film tough you never see any distinguishable characteristics…you just know he is Elvis.

I remember being 19 years old and freakin waiting for this film to come out. Of course it did while I was in school so I didn’t see it until it was on video. It was awesome because Slater and Arquette both had existing movie careers going, slater much higher profile. Kilmer was like having Brando in Apocalypse Now and Pitt was a rising star who had probably wrapped this film prior to doing Kalifornia (or maybe after). Regardless, he wasn’t superstar just yet.

Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper and of course Gary Oldman have memorable roles as well. Its funny to see that 1994’s Pulp Fiction contained some of the stars from True Romance such as Samuel L Jackson, and Christopher Walken. It was also nice to see Chris Penn in a quasi-comeback roll. It really wasn’t until Beethoven’s Second that he was on a comeback, but True Romance definitely helped out.

You can look at other up and coming names as well like Tom Sizemore, Michael Rappaport and James “Tony Soprano” Gandolfini.

If you are going to see True Romance I do recommend seeing the theatrical version first, then if you enjoy it watch the directors cut. The dc has a bit more violence and different results from certain scenes in the film.

Best quote in the film comes from Brad Pitt:

Don’t condescend me man…I’ll fuckin kill you

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