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True Romance (1993)


Written by Tim Dirks

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True Romance (1993)

In director Tony Scott's action 'lovers-on-the-run' crime film (with a script by Quentin Tarantino - his first):

  • the opening voice-over monologue (under the credits) by call-girl newly-wed wife Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette), as she was driving in an open convertible toward the US/Mexican border, with her wounded comic-shop clerk, Elvis-worshipping husband Clarence Worley (Christian Slater): "I had to come all the way from the highways and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to Motor City, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And to this day, the events that followed all seem like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and everything seemed so s--tty. And he'd say, 'That's the way it goes, but don't forget, it goes the other way too.' That's the way romance is. Usually, that's the way it goes. But every once in awhile, it goes the other way too."
  • the couple's first movie date and conversation about turn-ons, turn-offs, and Elvis when Clarence admitted: "I always said, if I had to f--k a guy, I mean had to, if my life depended on it, I'd f--k Elvis," and Alabama's admission on a rooftop that she was a call girl hired by Clarence's boss as a birthday present, although she wasn't white-trash and she truly loved him
  • after a quickie marriage, their flight to Los Angeles from Detroit, after killing Alabama's pimp and former boyfriend Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman), to sell the cocaine that they had stolen from him
  • Alabama's sexiness: "I'm gonna go jump in the tub and get all wet and slippery and soapy and then hop in that waterbed and watch X-rated movies 'till you get your ass back in my lovn' arms"
  • the confrontational face-off 'Sicilian scene' of verbal sparring between alcoholic ex-security cop Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper), Clarence's estranged father, and debonair mobster Don Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken); after being punched and having his hand slashed open - Clifford deliberately provoked and insulted the gangster regarding his Sicilian heritage: ("Sicilians were spawned by niggers...your ancestors are're part eggplant")
  • Vincenzo's retort ("You're a cantaloupe") and other non-PC epithets - causing laughter and the unloading of a gun into his head
  • the harrowing scene of Virgil (James Gandolfini), one of Coccotti's henchmen, beating up Alabama at the Safari Inn and her retaliation by killing him with a shotgun
  • the final slow-motion, Mexican stand-off shoot-out scene in the Beverly Ambassador Hotel with flying pillow feathers, white powder and bodies, in which Clarence was wounded


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