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True Romance -- 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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Quentin Tarantino (written by)
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Release Date:
10 September 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Tony Scott 
 
Writing credits
Quentin Tarantino (written by)

Roger Avary  uncredited

Produced by
Gary Barber .... producer
Lisa Cogswell .... associate producer
Don Edmonds .... co-producer
Spencer Franklin .... associate producer
Samuel Hadida .... producer
Gregory Manson .... associate producer (as Gregory S. Manson)
Steve Perry .... producer
James G. Robinson .... executive producer
James W. Skotchdopole .... co-producer
Bill Unger .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey L. Kimball 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Tronick 
Christian Wagner 
 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia 
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Benjamín Fernández 
 
Art Direction by
James J. Murakami 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden 
 
Costume Design by
Susan Becker 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Barnard .... wigs
Ron Scott .... hair stylist
Ellen Wong .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jody Levin .... post-production supervisor
Steve Perry .... unit production manager (as S.H. Perry)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carey Dietrich .... second assistant director
Craig A. Pinckes .... second second assistant director (as Craig Pinckes)
James W. Skotchdopole .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Mike Blaze .... property master (as Michael Blaze)
Larry Boyd .... set dresser
Rick Chavez .... assistant property master
Joseph C. Fama .... gang boss (as Joseph Fama)
Tom J. Furginson .... swing gang
Nancy Garber .... assistant art director
Lloyd Hardy .... gang boss
John Hinkle .... stand-by painter (as John Dee Hinkle)
Ronald C. Jacobs .... lead man
Ernest H. Lauterio .... assistant property master
Mark Mahoney .... tattoo designer
Joe Mendoza .... drapery foreman (as Joe F. Mendoza)
Louis Montejano .... assistant art director (as Lou Montejano)
Jason Muscarella .... propmaker
Joseph Muscarella .... labor foreman
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Anthony Paronelli .... construction painter (as Anthony L. Paronelli)
Charles Sperber .... gang boss
Ciro Vuoso .... general foreman
Danny Wynands .... gang boss
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
William C. Carruth .... adr editor
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor
Greg Dillon .... sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer (as Eric Gotthef)
Robin Harlan .... foley walker (as Robin Harllon)
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
Bob Hile .... stage loader
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
David M. Horton .... sound editor
William B. Kaplan .... production sound mixer
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley walker
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Jayme S. Parker .... sound editor
Matt Patterson .... stage recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Lisa M. Risen .... assistant adr editor (as Lisa Risen)
Earl Sampson .... boom operator (as Earl F. Sampson)
James Simcik .... supervising adr editor
Greg Steele .... adr recordist
Jules Strasser .... cable person (as Jules Strasser III)
Scott A. Tinsley .... foley editor (as Scot A. Tinsley)
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Dorothy Wright .... foley recordist
Jerry Jacobson .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert S. Henderson .... special effects (as Robert Henderson)
Michael Meinardus .... special effects coordinator (as Mike Meinardus)
Francisco X. Pérez .... prosthetic makeup design (as Frank Carrisosa)
Larry M. Shorts .... special effects (as Larry Shorts)
 
Stunts
Todd J. Adelman .... stunts (as Todd Adelman)
Joni Avery .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts (as Ken Bates)
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Keith Campbell .... stunts
Steve Hulin .... stunts
Eric Mansker .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Steve Perry .... stunts (as S.H. Perry)
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Paul V. Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Paul Picerni)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt coordinator (as Charles Picerni)
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Tony Rich .... stunts
Gary Robert .... stunts
Robby Robinson .... stunts
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts (as Ric Waugh)
Big Daddy Wayne .... stunts
Nancy Young .... stunts
Nick Brett .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera: second unit
Richmond G. Cogswell .... video assist operator
William Cueto .... lighting technician (as Bill Cueto)
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator: second unit (as Ray De la Motte)
Dan Delgado .... gaffer
Michael Franz .... lighting technician (as Mike Franz)
Michael Genne .... camera operator (as Michael A. Genne)
Warren Burke Gerrard .... lighting technician
Thomas Gibson .... best boy (as Thomas M. Gibson)
Daniel C. Gold .... first assistant camera (as Dan Gold)
Hilary Klym .... grip
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator
Frank Mathews .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mark Meyers .... grip
Leo J. Napolitano .... camera operator: second unit (as Leo Napolitano)
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera (as Kenny Nishino)
Frank Parrish .... camera loader (as Frank D. Parrish)
Olivia Patton .... camera intern (as Olivia L. Patton)
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator: second unit
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
J. Michael Popovich .... key grip
Rick Rader .... grip (as 'Slick' Rick Rader)
Gregory J. Schmidt .... camera operator: second unit (as Gregory Schmidt)
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip (as Michael L. Schwake)
Dennis Seawright .... second assistant camera
Nick Shuster .... second assistant camera
Gregory Lundsgaard .... camera operator (uncredited)
Christopher Moreman .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Pecchi .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Suzanne Smith .... casting associate
Mary Vernieu .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Greg Hall .... costumer
Dawn Y. Line .... key costumer
Hugo Peña .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ken Blackwell .... first assistant film editor (as Kenneth B. Blackwell)
Tony Ciccone .... first assistant film editor (as Tony S. Ciccone)
Saul Escobedo .... color timer
Ray Morfino .... color timer
Joe Mosca .... assistant film editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Boyd Steer .... negative cutter
Paul M. Wagner .... assistant film editor
Jay Wiechman .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Susan Abrams .... music coordinator
Maureen Crowe .... music supervisor
Mark Mancina .... composer: additional music
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Jay Rifkin .... score mixer
Jay Rifkin .... score recordist
Marie Snyder .... music coordinator
John Van Tongeren .... composer: additional music
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Laura Perlman .... music editor (uncredited)
Christopher Ward .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
Rick Winquest .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver
Sparky Edmonston .... transportation captain
Dennis Sean Fahey .... driver
Jerry Gordon .... driver (as Jerry L. Gordon)
Jim Haag .... driver
William Hogue .... driver (as Bill Hogue)
Gene R. Johnson .... driver (as Gene Johnson)
Jerry F. Johnson .... driver (as Jerry Johnson)
Linda Johnson .... driver (as Linda 'T.S.' Johnson)
Pete Johnson .... transportation coordinator
Jim Kojaku .... driver
Ralph Landolfi .... driver
John Kris Larsen .... driver
Douglas Miller .... driver (as Doug Miller)
Kenneth Newland .... driver (as Kenny Newland)
Ted Reed .... driver
Frank Reinhard .... driver
Jeffery Duke Stevens .... driver
Jim Sullivan .... driver
John L. Sullivan .... driver
Patrick L. Winton .... driver
Paul Youds .... driver (as Paul John Youds)
 
Other crew
Todd J. Adelman .... first aid (as Dr. Todd J. Adelman)
Jennifer Amerine .... assistant: Bill Unger
Maryellen Aviano .... on-set coordinator
Linda C. Azevedo .... accounting assistant (as Linda Azevedo)
Stuart Raven Barter .... location scout
Mady Manson Burza .... assistant production accountant (as Mady Burza)
Paul A. Calabria .... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
Frank B. Davis .... craft service
Ed Eppersen .... motorcycle officer
Joanna Farrand .... production assistant
Spencer Franklin .... production coordinator
Tom Garner .... motorcycle officer
Edward E. Giddens .... production secretary
Lesley Grant .... assistant: Christian Slater (as Lesley C. Grant)
Jerry Heiss .... assistant: Tony Scott
David Linck .... unit publicist
Gregory Manson .... production accountant (as Gregory S. Manson)
Deborah J. Page .... assistant location manager
Michael Papac .... armorer
Cathy Perry Marshall .... stand-in
Debbie Pinckes .... production associate
Janice Polley .... location manager
Don Stanley .... motorcycle officer
Lisa Marie Stetler .... assistant production coordinator
Susie Thompson .... production assistant
P.R. Tooke .... script supervisor
Richard E. Wacker .... stand-in
Richard Clark .... playback supervisor (uncredited)
Scott Hamilton .... media publicist (uncredited)
Michael Kallio .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Mendelsohn .... financial consultant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Roger Avary .... very special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Breakaway" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use
Runtime:
120 min | USA:121 min (unrated director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Director's Cut) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (2009) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) (1999) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 (2001) (uncut) (self applied) | Finland:K-18 (1994) (cut) | Finland:K-16 (1994) (heavily cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1994) (uncut) | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:B | Mexico:B15 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited for re-rating) | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (director's cut) | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
It was Brad Pitt's idea for his character to be a stoner who never leaves the couch.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The vomit on Elliot's sweater at the amusement park.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wolf Creek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Will You Love Me TomorrowSee more »

FAQ

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86 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
Tarantino's most "personal" writing; Scott gives commendable direction to all-stars, 20 September 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

True Romance is the work of two men, known for making movies (as TBS would say) for guys who like movies, and have one of the pick of the litter in the genre from the early to mid nineties. Quentin Tarantino sold his script to fund Reservoir Dogs, and Tony Scott (Top Gun) got picked up to direct. Some have complained that Tarantino should've directed this film, that it's so much his (which I agree with considering the story of the film was taken from his 1987 experimental film My Best Friend's Birthday, which refers to Clarence in this film going to the Sonny Chiba movies) that his own style as a director would've complimented it. It's a nice thought, though that's not what we as the audience are left with, and so with the final product there is much to admire about the style that Scott uses in the film. He films Tarantino's script (from a Roger Avary script originally) very much like he's shooting a Hollywood movie (as he knows how to with DP Jeffrey Kimball), with all the cut-aways and editing timing that is expected in a conventional crime-drama-thriller, then by hearing the snapping dialog from the script, and the cast performing them, Scott does become an important piece of making True Romance a success.

The story is a throwback to the old 'lovers on the run' formula, among others- Clarence (Christian Slater in one of his finest) is an employee in a comic book store in Detroit, loves kung-fu movies and big guns and such, who gets set up unwittingly with a call girl named Alabama (Patricia Arquette). The two fall in love, and Clarence feels confident enough by a certain voice in the back of his head (provided by Val Kilmer) to go and free Alabama for good from her vile pimp and drug dealer Drexl (Gary Oldman in one of the better villain roles of the time). He does, and through a couple of accidents Clarence and Alabama wind up with millions worth in cocaine, and high-tail it to LA to sell it, as the original (mob) owners of the coke follow after, with explosive results.

For fans of the actors, in particular the supporting cast, True Romance is one of the treats of treats in modern movies, on par with Pulp Fiction's roster of know-ables: Christopher Walken as a gangster (who would've thought?), Brad Pitt as a stoner roommate, Tom Sizemore and Chris Penn as cops, a few good lines for Samuel L. Jackson, an early plum for James Gandolfini, and my personal favorite of the lot, Dennis Hopper as Clarence's ex-cop father. Another thing that makes True Romance one of the (dare I say) most accessible of Tarantino's works is that a viewer who might not know this is his work on first viewing (this was me a few years ago, sad to say) will stay tuned through the whole thing if it's on TV just because of the star power; indeed, before Oldman's Detrix is introduced into the film, TR seems to flow like it'll be a romantic drama with light overtones. All I can say is by the end of this film, you will see that good taste can prevail no matter how much bloodshed gets on the screen, or how many obstacles get in the way of love (and Elvis!).

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