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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.
Christian Slater Clarence Worley
Patricia Arquette Alabama Whitman
Michael Rapaport Dick Ritchie
Val Kilmer Elvis, Mentor
Bronson Pinchot Elliot Blitzer
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
Director: Tony Scott
Producer: Gary Barber,Samuel Hadida,Steve Perry,Bill Unger
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
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. As 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 pull us back just in time. The action scenes are deliciously violent and unlike most other films, this one gives us pinches of humor sprinkled in amidst the 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. But director Scott lets the talent go just far enough. Even the remainder of the supporting cast is wonderful; Saul Rubinek in particular does a terrific job 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 only 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.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 1
Imdb rating: 7.8
Musician: Hans Zimmer
Running time: 121 min (unrated director's cut)
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3