True Romance (1993)
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette
I watched True Romance for the very first time in the summer of 2009. While my boyfriend was at work I decided to have a root through his DVD collection: I stumbled upon True Romance. I texted him and asked what it was like and whether, being a Tarantino written film, there was a huge amount of violence. “Some,” he said. “Not a big amount.”
Well, for starters he’d forgotten about two scenes in particular: Christian Slater/Gary Oldman and Patricia Arquette/James Gandolfini.
Even with those two, highly violent, scenes I loved it.
Slater and Arquette are brilliant and the supporting cast reads like a who’s who of my favourite actors:
- Gary Oldman
- Dennis Hopper
- Christopher Walken
- Val Kilmer
- Brad Pitt
Pitt as an LA stoner? Love it. Walken as a Sicilian gangster? Great. Kilmer as an apparition of Elvis? Yes please.
True Romance is the story of Clarence Worley and Alabama Worley nee Whitman. Alabama is an escort and meets Clarence, her third ever client. Fast-forward a few hours and they get married after falling head over heels.
Clarence goes to pick up Alabama’s belongings from her pimp, Drexel (Oldman). A bit of fisticuffs later and Clarence leaves with a suitcase of cocaine, not Alabama’s belongings. The pair then try to sell the cocaine in Hollywood but, unfortunately, so are the real owners.
Arquette is simply adorable as Alabama – she’s a great character. Alabama and Clarence are the sweetest couple: they just happen to get mixed up in the scary word of gangsters and cocaine. Though highly violent, it is genuinely romantic at times.