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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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)

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The comic book that Clarence shows Alabama is "Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos" #18. In this issue, Nick has gotten a ring for his sweetheart (Pamela Hawley), that he keeps on a chain around his neck. Later in the story, he gets in a fight with a Nazi, and the ring falls overboard, but Fury dives into the ocean to retrieve it. What Clarence doesn't tell Alabama, is that when Fury returns to give the ring to his love, he finds she's been killed. On a side note, Samuel L. Jackson (who appears as Big Don) played Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »

Goofs

Alabama and Clarence go and have pie at Rae's Restaurant after the Kung Fu movie. The restaurant is at 2901 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica, CA, not Detroit where the scene is set. 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 syndicated US television version has been drastically cut, removing all profanities to the point of absurdity, removing portions of some scenes, and whole scenes as well. Among the cut material: Big Don's murder at the hands of Drexl; pieces of dialogue between Clarence and Drexl and between Clarence and Elliot in the amusement park; Elliot's interrogation by Nicholson and Dimes; and the fight between Alabama and Virgil (when she sets him on fire, the camera zooms on the spray coming from the nozzle). The scene where Clarence murders Drexl is also cut (we don't see him shooting Drexl between the legs.) See more »

Connections

References Batman: The Animated Series (1992) See more »

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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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