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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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Taglines:

Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead? 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:

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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)

Gross USA:

$12,281,500
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby | DTS (5.1)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The trivia section, in the DVD special features, reports that Quentin Tarantino sold this script for about ten thousand dollars. With this money, he purchased the red Chevy Chevelle convertible that Vincent Vega drives in Pulp Fiction (1994). See more »

Goofs

Reflected in Lee's sunglasses while driving and talking to Elliot on cellular phone. 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

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Skinny (They Can't Get Enough)
Performed by The Skinny Boys
Courtesy of Jive Records
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User Reviews

Tony Scott vs Quentin Tarantino. The winner? Us!
4 June 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Cynical, seen-it-all-before smart ass that I am, I can't but help love 'True Romance'! On paper it looks like a sure fire recipe for disaster. A typically hip pop-culture saturated Quentin Tarantino script directed by schlockmeister Tony Scott, the man responsible for rancid Simpson/Bruckheimer "blockbusters" like 'Top Gun' and 'Days Of Thunder'. But some how it really works! The movie is especially helped by a dynamite cast, one of the most impressive in many years. Possibly only Julian Schnabel's underrated biopic 'Basquiat' can rival its mixture of star power and cult faves. Slater, Arquette, Walken, Hopper, Oldman, Kilmer, Penn, Sizemore, Jackson, Rapaport, Gandolfini, Argo, Corrigan, etc.etc. These are many of the finest actors working today. Add them to an electric story of love on the run, jam packed with amusing, highly quotable dialogue and plenty of action and laughs, and you have yourself a genuinely entertaining update of a classic 70s drive-in movie. 'True Romance' is a wild ride not to be missed!


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