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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

'True Romance': A Wildly Transgressive, Adrenaline-Fueled Thriller from Writer Quentin Tarantino

Movie poster for the film True Romance starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette

"True Romance" (1993) is a wildly entertaining and twistedly enjoyable crime thriller, directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun, Crimson Tide) and written by a young Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction). It stars Christian Slater as a young nebbish comic book store employee named Clarence who falls in love with a prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), and sets his mind to rid her of her indebtedness to a volatile pimp named Drexel (Gary Oldman).

The story eventually finds the young lovers absconding to California with a suitcase full of cocaine, with the intention of selling off their illicit cache to a Hollywood bigwig in order to pursue their dreams of freedom and opportunity.

Replete with a remarkable cast of famous names and familiar faces (including Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer), True Romance is a true 90’s-era classic. It showcases Tarantino’s trademark witty dialogue throughout, enmeshed with the savage humor and jarring violence that he has become so well known for. It’s very much an homage to Hollywood classics such as Bonnie and Clyde and Badlands (including a rousing score by Hans Zimmer inspired by George Tipton’s score for Badlands), and ultimately serves as one of Tarantino’s most underrated career accomplishments.


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