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True Romance (1993)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  10 September 1993 (USA)
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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.


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Lucy (as Anna Thomson)


In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Then they eat pieces of pie and they have one night stand, so Clarence eats more pie of another kind. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead? See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor a quemarropa  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


£1,321,112 (UK) (12 November 1993)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A draft was written when William Lustig was attached as director, where most of the interior scenes where moved outside, including Cliff Worley's confrontation with Vincenzo Coccotti, and the whole Clarence/Drexl fight. "You go inside, you die!" he reportedly told the writers. After he left, the scenes were moved back inside. See more »


Elliott calls Lee on his car phone on Sunday. Lee tells him he will meet Clarence about Doctor Zhivago at the Beverly Ambassador on Wednesday at 3:00. Elliott hangs up and says that Lee will meet them at 3:00, but he doesn't say what day. See more »


[first lines]
Clarence Worley: In Jailhouse Rock he was everything rockabilly's about. I mean, he is rockabilly. Mean, surly, nasty, rude. In that movie he couldn't give a fuck about nothing except rockin' and rollin', living fast, dying young and leaving a good-looking corpse.
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References Knock on Any Door (1949) See more »


I Need A Heart To Come Home To
Written by John Jarvis and Russell Smith
Performed by Shelby Lynne
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Enough memorable scenes and talented stars to fuel a half a dozen blockbusters.
8 April 2004 | by (HiNella, NJ) – See all my reviews

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.

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