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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 overview, first billed only:
... Clarence Worley
... Alabama Whitman
... Clifford Worley
... Mentor
... Drexl Spivey
... Floyd - Dick's Roommate
... Vincenzo Coccotti
... Elliot Blitzer
... Big Don
... Dick Ritchie
... Lee Donowitz
... Mary Louise Ravencroft
... Virgil
... Lucy (as Anna Thomson)
... Lenny
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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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Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead? See more »


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

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10 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Amor a quemarropa  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,281,500
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In the DVD commentary, Quentin Tarantino admits that this is the most autobiographical movie he has ever made. See more »

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When Nicky Dimes and Nicholson are talking to their boss, Dimes says "So they bring the suspect to me and Nicholson, and we go to work on him". Nicholson interjects "...Nicholson and I," which is incorrect grammatically, but goes to establish the backwards intellectual pretentiousness of the character. See more »

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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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Performed by Burl Ives
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Tony Scott vs Quentin Tarantino. The winner? Us!
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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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