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True Romance (1993) Poster

(1993)

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Remake of 

My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
The screenplay for "My Best Friend's Birthday" was rewritten and remade as "True Romance." Both films share the same story.

References 

His Girl Friday (1940)
Drexl's line "That makes us practically related" is taken from this film.
Casablanca (1942)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick and Floyd's apartment.
Knock on Any Door (1949)
Nick Romano says, "Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse." Clarence says that same line a few times when referring to Elvis and his movies.
Highway 301 (1950)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick & Floyd's apartment.
Fear and Desire (1953)
Mentioned by title when Clarence is talking to Lee on the phone.
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Clarence mentions this film during his "I'd fuck Elvis" speech.
Rio Bravo (1959)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
The Misfits (1961)
Alabama paraphrases Clark Gable's character when she says "that's the way it goes, but don't forget, it goes the other way too."
Palm Springs Weekend (1963)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick and Floyd's apartment.
Act One (1963)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick and Floyd's apartment.
My Blood Runs Cold (1965)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick & Floyd's apartment.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The film's title is used repeatedly as a code name for the large cocaine stash, in reference to the film's epic length.
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
When Dick mentions his 'T.J. Hooker' audition, Clarence asks "Did you meet Captain Kirk?"
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick & Floyd's apartment.
Bullitt (1968)
Clarence says "We now return to Bullitt, already in progress." as he speeds off in his cadillac.
Performance (1970)
The confrontation between Gary Oldman and Christian Slater made the same way as the confrontation between Mick Jagger and James Fox
The Partridge Family (1970) (TV Series)
The Partridge Family is briefly mentioned between Clarence & Alabama.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Clarence's line "Beer's about all I ever eat" is taken from 'The Last Picture Show'.
Women in Cages (1971)
Alabama's name is taken from the name of Pam Grier's character in this film. In the script, Clarence says Alabama's name "sounds like a Pam Grier movie".
The Getaway (1972)
The Mack (1973)
Is the film Drexl has on when Clarence confronts him.
Badlands (1973)
Alabama's opening voiceover is inspired by dialogue from 'Badlands', as well as the "lovers-on-the-lam" story as a whole. Hans Zimmer's score is an homage to Carl Orff's Badlands score.
The Streetfighter (1974)
Is one of the kung-fu triple bill movies Clarence goes to see.
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
Is one of the kung-fu triple bill movies Clarence goes to see.
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Drexl calls Clarence "Mr. Majestyk".
Sister Street Fighter (1974)
Is one of the kung-fu triple bill movies Clarence goes to see.
Taxi Driver (1976)
A mafioso quotes the "You talkin' to me?" monologue.
The Gauntlet (1977)
Alabama pounds on Clarence's chest, screaming "don't you die on me" after he is shot by a cop, the same as Gus to Ben in "The Gauntlet"
Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)
The whole hotel room drug deal/shoot-out is stolen from Who'll Stop the Rain
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
Mad Max (1979)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Mentioned by Clarence when he's talking to Lee.
T.J. Hooker (1982) (TV Series)
Is the show Dick Ritchie is auditioning for a part in.
Rumble Fish (1983)
In both films Dennis Hopper's character tells his son "You're just like your mother!"
Vamp (1986)
"Hello Babbbbbbby!"
Blue Velvet (1986)
A line is said in True Romance ("No thanks? What does that mean?") that is meant to reference Blue Velvet. The actor that says that line in this film (Dennis Hopper) is also in True Romance.
Platoon (1986)
dialogue
Batman (1989)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Drexl uses the phrase, "from a diddled-eyed Joe to a damned if I know" which was also used by the Mr. Orange's mentor in Reservoir Dogs (1992), also written by Quentin Tarantino.

Referenced in 

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Fabienne says, "Any time of day is a good time for pie." Alabama also says this in True Romance, also written by Quentin Tarantino.
Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino (1994) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned during interview.
Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV Movie)
Video case is shown.
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
Tatoos
Jackie Brown (1997)
Ordell's line 'A pot to piss in or a window to throw it out." is first heard in 'True Romance'.
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Enemy of the State (1998)
The ending involves a climactic shootout between the law and the mafia, with the protagonist caught in between, just as featured in "True Romance", also directed by Tony Scott and also featuring Tom Sizemore, as a mobster instead of an FBI agent
Kai Rabe gegen die Vatikankiller (1998)
The bar Krüger takes Maria to is called "True Romance".
Random Acts of Violence (1999)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Human Traffic (1999)
A poster is visible in Jip's bedroom.
6ixtynin9 (1999)
The plot is similar to the one in True Romance, where Clarence finds cocaine and gangsters try to get it back
High Fidelity (2000)
Mongoland (2001)
Film is mentioned in conversation.
Lammbock (2001)
Stefan talks about sucking the dick of Memet Scholl. He says if he should ever suck a dick, it should be the dick of Scholl. This is a reference to the first scene in True Romance, where Clarence says, if he ever fucked a man, it should have been Elvis.
Zoolander (2001)
El Rey ha muerto (2001) (Short)
Dialogue with comedian
Shooters (2002)
The character Charlie is a rip-off of Gary Oldman's character Drexl from True Romance; the appearence is the same, including the scar, and some of the lines are very similar as well.
Pulp Fiction: The Facts (2002) (Video)
Jackie Brown: How It Went Down (2002) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
The Bride wear's Clarence's gold Elvis glasses.
Walkentalk (2003) (Short)
Chris introduces himself with the Vincent Coccotti speedh
Grace and the Storm (2004)
A few allusions to True Romance: both films are love stories centered around drug deals. Both films feature a scene in which one character holds another at gunpoint and tries to "bluff" him into revealing his loyalty. Grace and the Storm even uses a line of dialogue from True Romance in the same context, when Rich asks Pipe, "how much you got?" Pipe replies "enough to get you high."
Starkweather (2004)
Based on Charles Starkweather
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Big Boss loses his eye in a very similar fashion to Clarence. Both have to wear an eyepatch from that point on.
Wolf Creek (2005)
The scene where Liz threatens Mick with a tiny Swiss Army knife is taken directly from True Romance
Girls in Love: True Romance (2005) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
'Reservoir Dogs' Revisited (2005) (TV Special)
It is mentioned that before "Reservoir Dogs" was made, Tarantino sold his screenplay for "True Romance".
Smoking Kills (2005) (Short)
Using the same kind of sunglasses as Clarence Worley
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Climatic scene involving Patricia Arquette is referenced in a brutal fight scene.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.230 (2006) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "The Brethren" category
The Departed (2006)
Quote from Jack Nicholson appeared from that movie
Planet Terror (2007)
Line: "I bet you thought that was pretty funny?", also said by the character played by Tarantino.
Good Eats: Stew Romance (2007) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Llamando a un ángel (2008)
Romance, road and trip elements.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Writer Judd Apatow cites Brad Pitt's character in TR as the inspiration for PE's basic story. 'Kevin Corrigan' is in both films.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Shrek Forever After/Survival of the Dead/Holy Rollers (2010) (TV Episode)
A Current.com user says Christian Slater is the best drug dealer in movies
Psych: We'd Like to Thank the Academy (2010) (TV Episode)
During the shootout at the grocery store, Shawn remarks to Gus that "this is the end of 'True Romance.'"
Detention (2011)
Sanders is a Steven Seagal fan and Clapton is a Patrick Swayze fan much like Clarence is an Elvis fan. In a time of need a silhouette of the characters beloved actor appears behind them as a mentor. Also some musical cues are reminiscent of the theme from True Romance.
Chillerama (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Workaholics: True Dromance (2012) (TV Episode)
Pun in title
Hit and Run (2012)
The white villain's dreadlocks. Marimba-esque riffs in the score echoing the main theme from the earlier movie.
The Burn with Jeff Ross: Jimmy Kimmel/Jim Norton/Bobby Lee/Mary Lynn Rajskub (2012) (TV Episode)
Jeff mentions Tony Scott as director of film
Bara någonting (2013) (Short)
Dialog is referenced
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
The Mexican standoff in the Wrap Up mission resembles a scene from this film
Christmas Cruelty! (2013)
Hommage to Tony Scott
Honeymoon Hotel (2013) (Short)
The Wallpaper and The Outfits are based on True Romance, the directors favorite movie of all time.
Instant Mom: True Romance (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Tosh.0: Misses Every Layup (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
The Hateful Eight (2015)
same universe

Features 

The Mack (1973)
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
It's actually "The Return of the Street Fighter" that Clarence Worley is watching in the movie theater. Clips from the first film were used in a flashback sequence in the sequel, and we see the lead up to and the flashback from "Return of the Street Fighter," meaning that clips from both "The Street Fighter" and "Return of the Street Fighter" can be seen in the theater sequence of "True Romance."
Santa Barbara (1984) (TV Series)
Freejack (1992)
Stay Tuned (1992)

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: True Romance/The Ballad of Little Jo/Kalifornia/The Joy Luck Club/The Real McCoy (1993) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the review. Thumbs down from Siskel; thumbs up from Ebert.
Zomergasten: Episode #12.2 (1999) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
I Love the '90s: Part Deux (2005) (TV Series)
Footage from this is featured.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Star Trek/Rudo y Cursi/Next Day Air (2009) (TV Episode)
Trusting the people you deal drugs with
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Shutter Island/The Ghost Writer/Happy Tears (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip of a screenplay cliche
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold (2010)
Shown in opening "hooker movie" montage,

Spoofed in 

3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
A pair of police officers on the trail of the 2 lovers on the run with stolen cocaine/stolen money.
The Mangler 2 (2002) (Video)
A character at the school does an impression of Christopher Walken's lines about getting hit in the nose causing the eyes to water.
Aachi and Ssipak (2006)
During the scene where Aachi and Ssipak and Jimmy are attacked by both the diaper gang and the swat team, the gang and the swat team are incidnetly plotted against one another like in the climactic ending of True Romance.
Takers (2010)
The gunfight in the hotel room looks the same as the end in True Romance.

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