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It was directed with energetic skill byTop GunTony Scott, but this breathtaking 1993 thriller (think of it as an adolescent crime fantasy on steroids) has Quentin Tarantino written all over it.True Romanceis really part of a loose trilogy that includesReservoir DogsandPulp Fiction, with a crackling Tarantino screenplay that rides a fine line between raucous comedy and violent excess. Christian Slater plays Clarence, the comic-book lover who meets a beguiling prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), confronts her vicious pimp (Gary Oldman), and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favorite Tarantino climax--the "Mexican standoff"--in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. Brutal, profane, and totally outrageous,True Romanceis not for everyone, but with a supporting cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, and Val Kilmer (as the ghost of Elvis!), you can be sure this movie will never be boring.--Jeff Shannon
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CastChristian Slater, Bronson Pinchot, Val Kilmer, Michael Rapaport, Patricia Arquette
DirectorTony Scott
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Drama
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  September 24, 2002
Runtime:  120 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
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One of my all time faves. The Hopper/Walken scene about Sicilians is tough to beat. Whoever cast this movie was a genius.
review by . July 07, 2006
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This is really a masterpiece. A violent masterpiece, yes, but a masterpiece nonetheless. Christian Slater must look back on this film with a sense of longing because he has not been given as good a project since (Churchill: The Hollywood Years, anyone?). Many people brand this movie as a narcissistic teenage boy's wet dream. Well it's not. This is supposed to be a "fairy tale" I mean he's a film geek and she's a hot girl. Well it turns out this hot girl likes movies and comics to so they get married. …
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