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True Romance (1993)

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In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

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Tony Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Clarence Worley
Patricia Arquette ... Alabama Whitman
Dennis Hopper ... Clifford Worley
Val Kilmer ... Mentor
Gary Oldman ... Drexl Spivey
Brad Pitt ... Floyd (Dick's Roommate)
Christopher Walken ... Vincenzo Coccotti
Bronson Pinchot ... Elliot Blitzer
Samuel L. Jackson ... Big Don
Michael Rapaport ... Dick Ritchie
Saul Rubinek ... Lee Donowitz
Conchata Ferrell ... Mary Louise Ravencroft
James Gandolfini ... Virgil
Anna Levine ... Lucy (as Anna Thomson)
Victor Argo ... Lenny
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Storyline

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. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. 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 to him. But the Sicilian Mafia... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

True Romance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,023,420, 12 September 1993

Gross USA:

$12,281,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,281,551
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | DTS (5.1)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Oldman stated in an interview that he would like to do a film on Drexl Spivey, his character in the film. See more »

Goofs

Frankie's arm position when smoking a cigarette. 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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Alternate Versions

The 2 Disc special edition DVD contains the unrated version of the film, which includes the graphic violence which was cut from the "R" rated release. It also includes the following deleted scenes on the second disc:
  • Extended sequence at the 'Sonny Chiba' movie. Jack Black appears as a theater attendant shooing everyone out after the movie is over.
  • Extended scene where Clarence shows Alabama his store.
  • A bathtub scene with Clarence and Alabama, in which they discuss Janis Joplin. Patricia Arquette (Alabama) does nudity in this scene. A piece of this scene appears in the theatrical trailer.
  • The billboard scene (where Alabama comes clean) is slightly extended. Clarence proposes marriage to Alabama, and she accepts.
  • The "do you eat pussy" scene is slightly extended with more dialogue, especially from Big Don (Samuel L. Jackson).
  • A car scene with Clarence, Alabama, and Dick in which Alabama explains how she got her name.
  • The scene in which Clarence first shows Dick the cocaine is slightly extended with more dialogue.
  • A scene featuring Vincenzo (Christopher Walken) on an elevator with his bodyguards. They talk about drug related matters and then walk down a hallway threatening to get Clarence and Alabama. The latter portion of this scene appears in the theatrical trailer.
  • Extended scene where Elliot prepares to be "wired".
  • Extended sequence of Alabama, Clarence, and Dick preparing to enter Lee's loft to sell the cocaine. They contemplate whether they should do it or not.
  • A brief scene in which Elliot is "motivating" himself to enter wearing the wire.
  • An alternate ending, which was Quentin Tarantino's original ending to the script. Clarence dies, and Alabama leaves alone with the money. She is then shown driving to Mexico alone, and she delivers a narrative monologue which indicates that she never really cared about Clarence, but used him to get away from Drexl and get money from the drugs. Tony Scott didn't use this ending because he felt that the audience would fall in love with Clarence and Alabama and would want to see them get away together. In a commentary on the alternate ending, Tarantino agreed that Scott's "happy ending" was better for the film that he made. QT stated that if he had made the film, he would've used the ending that he had originally written, because he would've made the film in a different tone.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Sous le dôme épais où le blanc jasmin
from opera "Lakmé" Act 2, No 2 Duetto
Composed by Léo Delibes
Libretto by Edmond Gondinet & Philippe Gille
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Perfect scenario paired with terrifying cast and dialogue makes this one of best movies ever made!
28 July 2017 | by mateobrlasSee all my reviews

True Romance is obscure film. Film was unfortunate to come at the time in which huge blockbusters and award winning film were slowly coming to screen, there of it was forgotten. All people to who I recommended this film never heard about it, and when they saw it, they only have one word: SUPERB! Tarantino who decided to split Natural born killers and True Romance scripts (which ere basically same script ) made terrifying job at it, but real star behind film is late Tony Scott. Without a doubt, this is best film Scott has ever made, and that can be seen in whole film, from cast to score and even ending which is best thing that Scott decided to do, despite Tarantino's wishes, but even Tarantino himself was pleased at the end of it. Scott gave himself into the film and created cult masterpiece that will never be forgotten. Cast is terrifying. Cristian Slater before he become second rate actor and Patricia Arquete had believable chemistry on screen which made whole film. Supporting cast including Gary Oldman ( In his best role ever put to screen), Christopher Walken, James Gandolfini, Denis Hopper not to mention others, made beautiful ensemble cast which was not very well known at the time, but today, they are all first class actors. I could write about this film for hours, but in the end I can only say that watch this film and enjoy one of best films ever made. Live fast, die young, be a ice looking corpse!


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