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True Romance (1993)

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2h1993X-Ray18
This rock'n'roll adventure story tells of two unlikely lovers who accidentally double-cross the Detroit mob by stealing valuable contraband.
Directors
Tony Scott
Starring
Christian SlaterPatricia ArquetteDennis Hopper
Genres
SuspenseDramaRomance
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Val KilmerGary OldmanBrad PittChristopher WalkenBronson PinchotSamuel L. JacksonChris PennTom SizemoreMichael BeachJames Gandolfini
Producers
Samuel HadidaSteve PerryBill UngerGary Barber
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Warner Bros.
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4.7 out of 5 stars

4468 global ratings

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BaldgamerdudeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best movies about love as unlikley as it is
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If you haven't seen this movie do yourself a favour and pick it up.
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.
11 people found this helpful
Bhoy1888Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, but....
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Where are the nice bluray extras in commentary? Uts a great picture, but its quite cheaply made and doesn't have extras or commentary? In the bluray age there is enough space to put things on. Its just cheap.

Great movie though, and that is what saves the 4/5 rating. I expect more on a DVD post 2005
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Darth MaciekReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A particularly tasty treat, as good as "Pulp Fiction". Special appearance by Elvis "Devil" Presley
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This is one my favourite films, one of those which can be watched as many times as we want, without ever getting old... Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

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!
8 people found this helpful
NickyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 August 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
If watching for the 1st time, you will love it
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Unfortunately, I have seen this film too many times.
It is also shown on TV, a few times a year.
It is an outstanding film, with a great cast, good acting, story line and full of action, with many light hearted moments, as well as graphic and pro longed bouts of violence.
Next rewatch, will be Kalifornia!
2 people found this helpful
The TruthReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing says I love you like a big bag of coke...
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This is an awesome film about ''Love conquers all''. It always has been, and always will be one of my favourite films. If you haven't seen it, really, you must.

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: [[ASIN:B0002K10QQ Killing Zoe [DVD] [1994]]]). 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.
19 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quentin's Bloody Valentine
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An early example of the Tarantino formula - stylised violence, random monologues, film references - True Romance is a strange yet surprisingly sweet story about two oddballs who fall in love then go on a violent odyssey across America. It's possible to see the genesis of Natural Born Killers in True Romance; the boy "romantically" murders the girl's male aggressor, and they become drunk on their love even while surrounded by appalling violence. The difference is that whereas NBK's anti-heroes were evil psychopaths, TR's, I think, are meant to be more sympathetic lovebirds.
Clarence (Christian Slater) is a lonely Elvis fan who works in a comic book store and watches old martial arts movies. One night he meets Alabama (Patricia Arquette), a naive call girl with the same interests, and after making love once they decide to be soul mates. The problem is that Clarence can't just forget about Alabama's sadistic pimp, Drexl (Gary Oldman). Egged on by a vision of Elvis (Val Kilmer), Clarence murders Drexl, accidentally steals a suitcase full of his cocaine and, intending to sell it, goes on the run with Alabama.
The film sometimes sits uneasily between realism and fantasy. The cocaine plot, with its cast of cops, gangsters and Hollywood players, is believable enough, but the central love story feels like it bled through from a parallel universe. Slater and Arquette have barely three or four scenes together before declaring their deathless love. Alabama has no past and is really just an extension of Clarence, who's an extension of Quentin Tarantino. Their characterisations are also a bit muddled; at times they act like psychopaths, but elsewhere they seem like innocents caught in a tangled web.
None of this matters, however, as you're watching the film, which succeeds on the strength of its script. Tarantino's gift, I think, is for infusing dull stories with poetry and style. If you consider his basic plots - jewellery-heist goes wrong (Reservoir Dogs), boxer rips off gangster (Pulp Fiction), samurai seeks revenge (Kill Bill) - they're standard stuff which in other hands would make forgettable genre flicks, but through his unique narrative structures and dialogue Tarantino gives them life. True Romance is dotted with cameos from great actors like Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman and James Gandolfini, a lot of whom get beautifully written monologues about anything from Sicilian heritage to murder. Meanwhile, the central love story, as preposterous as it is, is often genuinely moving.
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AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tarantino's `Romeo and Juliet'
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Before Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction came Tarantino's `other' film. It's not quite as well known (despite sporting an all star cast of A and B-listers) as what came after it, but that doesn't mean it's any the less fun. It might not be as raw as Reservoir Dogs, or as trendy as Pulp Fiction - you could even say it's more of a `mainstream' gangster flick.

It's about a pair of loveable rogues who steal cocaine from someone they really shouldn't, then go on a joyride to Hollywood to sell it. It's fair to say that, along the way, they meet plenty of people who want to put a damper on their plans (or simply just murder them horribly).

As I mentioned, there's an all star cast, so expect one great performance after the other. Of course, being written by Tarantino, don't expect him to go easy on the language or violence. Some scenes may require a strong stomach to watch.

If you like gangster films then this one has to be on your list - it'll give you everything you want: great actors, snappy dialogue, violence, double-crossing and maybe even a little bit of romance. True.
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StampyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tarantino is truly the master
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After getting married Clarence (Slater) and Alabama (Arquette) run off with stolen drugs and attempt to sell it which leads a big drugs baron to chase after them

Arguably Tony Scott's most violent film shows a true dynamic of criminal justice and vigour that could have only been well executed by the man in the know, Quentin Tarantino.

As of its release in 1993 there was a collection of relative unknowns starring in this picture that has all gone on to be huge in Hollywood. Pitt, Kilmer, Slater, and Oldman the list is endless. For the already established stars of Hopper, Walken amongst others this was one of their crowning glories. Who can forget the "eggplant" scene with Hopper and Walken, a truly outstanding confrontation where passions, opinions and controversies are running riot.

Slater leads reasonably well from the front being engrossed into his role of jealousy and determination for a better existence. However he is upstaged by hooker Alabama, played with a sophisticated sexiness by Patricia Arquette, a marvel who shines through and through. The character opens with a beautifully charming foreplay scene, to being incredibly distraught when involved with the crime sequences, a perfect femme fatale.

Despite the stunning array of Hollywood on show this is unquestionably about the startling narrative which encodes your familiar elements of Tarantino. Drugs, business like dealings, brutal killings and no holds barred language. And though Scott does a reasonable job directing this brutal story, there are moments when you would have liked the Pulp Fiction director to pick up the camera. The final scenes in the hotel could have done with a more flinching and focused styling whilst the drug taking sequences can be too kind and sparring of the audiences.

However Scott controls the necessary elements of the picture with a modest and still action orientated styling. For example the opening scenes in the bars and cinema are well managed and told with the scripting in mind and the confrontation between Hopper and Walken is certainly the best scene I've ever seen him direct.

The feeling of sexual orientation being significant is often stated in his films. The constant topless shots in Top Gun and here the carefully respected sex scene would otherwise be appreciative of the moment rather than posing to get viewers.

The ending in the hotel was good and quite stupid of me I had seen Enemy of the state prior to this and couldn't stop the comparisons flowing.

This is a great film. Flinching ordeal of a happy life dreaming mixed so fluently with shocking illegal crime activities and with an array of stars this is simply watchable.

8.5/10
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