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True Romance (1993)

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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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Clarence and Alabama are newlyweds who acquire an unexpected wedding present. Unknown to the blissfully happy couple, ruthless gangsters are on their tail, determined to reclaim their lost property Written by Rob Hartill

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pimp | newlywed | cocaine | chase | gangster | See more »

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Not since Bonnie and Clyde have two people been so good at being bad. See more »

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

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10 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£1,321,112 (UK) (12 November 1993)
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Liam Neeson turned down the role of Vincenzo Coccotti. See more »

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When Nicky Dimes and Nicholson are in talking to their boss, Dimes says something like "So they brought the suspect to me and Nicholson and we go to work on him". Sizemore interjects "...Nicholson and I". Neither is correct, which would seem to be the ironic point. The correct form would be, "So they brought the suspect to Nicholson and me..." See more »

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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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I Need A Heart To Come Home To
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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