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True Romance (1993) [DVD]
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Tony Scott directs this violent crime thriller written by Quentin Tarantino. Clarence (Christian Slater) is a kung fu loving guy whose boss buys him a night with a hooker, Alabama (Patricia Arquette). The two fall in love and get married the next day. However, Alabama's pimp Drexel (Gary Oldman) stands in their way, and so Clarence takes it upon himself to wipe Drexel out. In the process, he unwittingly picks up a suitcase full of uncut cocaine that Drexel has stolen from the Irish Mob. The young lovers hightail it across the country to LA, hoping to sell the coke to a movie producer, but the Mafia and the cops are hot on their tail... The cast also includes Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer and Samuel L. Jackson.
It was directed with energetic skill by Top Gun Tony Scott, but t his 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 favourite 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, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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It was a bloody steal at £8.
Starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in a movie written by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) and directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun)
It tells the story of an unlikley romance in the backdrop of crime, cocaine and drug busts.
I Would rather you would go in blind if you have never saw this movie before because its great not really knowing what will happen.
Amazing performances by Christopher Walker, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman and Tom Siezmore.
Get it watched people.
Also check out the alternative ending on the Blu Ray.
It features amazing performances by some of the best actors around (Walken, Pitt, Oldman,Hopper) and is written, if not directed by Tarantino. In my opinion it's his best story. Call me sentimental or a romantic but the film theme of love, wins my heart every time (which is why I'm such a fan of another little known Tarantino Gem - Killing Zoe: Killing Zoe [DVD] ). I hope one day I'm lucky enough to meet a girl as sweet, loyal and simple as Alabama.
But don't let the 'love' put you off - there's plenty of drugs and guns for everyone. I think, if your girlfriend's pestering you and wants to watch some soppy rom-com on your anniversary or something, stick this on. It'll keep you both happy.
This is Tarantino's first film - and I find it quite interesting to watch with that in mind too. You can really see what he had in mind with it, with certain lines and a style of writing which makes much more sense now we know who Tarantino is: all the talk of the Sonny Cheeba films at the start for instance... Anyway, a great film which everyone must see, and having owned 3 or 4 copies of this on various formats over the years, I can say that this Blu Ray is the perfect format for you to see it on.
Full marks - 10/10. Using a slightly modified turn of phrase from the film might be best here: It's so cool, it's so cool, it's so cool.
Clarence (Christian Slater) is a rather pathetic guy, with a rather pathetic job and a rather pathetic life. But he is special in one particular way - the Devil likes him and comes sometimes to visit and chat with him and because Clarence is a fanatical Elvis fan, well, to humour him the Devil takes the shape of Elvis Presley. There is no rational explanation for the Devil liking Clarence - and very exceptionally there is no strings attached in their strange relationship. The Devil simply likes Clarence ("I like you Clarence. Always did - always will"). Period.
Then one day Clarence meets Alabama (Patricia Arquette). They immediately fall in love, marry the next day and decide to go on honeymoon. But before that Clarence must just go recover Alabama's suitcase containing all her earthly belongings - and that will start a sequence of events which will then continue until the extremely dramatic, bloody and brilliant great finale...
The scenario of this 1993 film was written by Quentin Tarantino when he was at the beginning of his career and therefore at the top of his creativity, just after "Reservoir Dogs" and just before "Pulp Fiction" - and Tony Scott used every ounce of genius this scenario contains and as result made what is without question his most brilliant movie (yes, I prefer this one to "Top Gun" - even if they really do not belong to the same categories)!
This film is extremely violent and also full of very strong language but all this notwithstanding this is basically a comedy, albeit a very dark one. The brilliance of dialogs and gags is stressed even more by the incredible casting. Other than the two actors already cited, in this film we can also see: Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore, Michael Rapaport and Saul Rubinek. They all give great show but it is Brad Pitt who tops them all, even if his appearance is very short - his character, Floyd, is such a stoner, that he probably has pot smoke in his veins rather than blood...))) I never saw a better "weed moment" on the screen EVER!
Saul Rubinek plays here a drug trafficker, not exactly the kind of role he is associated with - but he is INCREDIBLE! In fact his character, Lee Donowitz, is a really scary guy... The "Sicilian scene", in fact a conversation between Dennis Hooper and Christopher Walken, became since then a myth in its own. The Patricia Arquette vs. James Gandolfini confrontation also acquired since then a mythical status, as probably one of the most infamous overkills in the history of the cinema... And finally there is Drexl the Pimp, the character played by Gary Oldman - well, this actor enjoys playing weirdoes and sleazes, but rarely he has the occasion to play SUCH a sleazy weirdo...
Bottom line, this is an ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE, made of dark humour, violence and strong language, with special appearance by Elvis "Devil" Presley... To buy, watch and keep! ENJOY!
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