True Romance (1993)
USA / English
"Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead? "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.
Enough memorable scenes and talented stars to fuel a half a dozen blockbusters.
With at least 12 `starring actors' in character and supporting rolls,
half of them legends or mega stars; this Tarantino tale defies a short
review. The different levels on which this movie works are impressive.
a love story we begin to believe that the quirky `loser' couple is
unconditionally bound together. As a pseudo `film noir' we begin to care
about the fate of the central characters. In the suspense/thriller/crime
drama mode there are plenty twists and turns to push us to the edge and
us back just in time. The action scenes are deliciously violent and
most other films, this one gives us pinches of humor sprinkled in amidst
mayhem. Even `the King' alter ego is woven in credibly enough to improve
our understanding of the Clarence Worley character.
The plot, albeit original, fresh and mesmerizing, seems somehow secondary
to the characters and the characterizations. Any of several rolls could
have been performed over the top by what seemed to be an ensemble cast.
director Scott lets the talent go just far enough. Even the remainder of
supporting cast is wonderful; Saul Rubinek in particular does a terrific
as the puffed-up/ego-feeding movie producer. Hollywood missed giving this
movie and its cast proper recognition.
With enough memorable scenes and talented stars to fuel a half a dozen
blockbusters, True Romance gives us the `best bang for our buck' in years.
The Walken/Hopper scene alone is worth the `price of admission' not to
mention the Gandolfini/Arquette and Slater/Oldman match ups. This can
be described as a `wonderfully wicked movie' for its tantalizing content,
smart dialog and toothsome violence.
Put the kiddies to bed, be prepared for rough language, adult themes and
graphic violence and enjoy a `not for the faint of heart' masterpiece.
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