Scripted by Quentin Tarantino, this violent, darkly comic romance follows a nerdy comic book store clerk who falls for a beautiful call girl and takes her on the run with him after accidentally murdering her pimp and stealing his cocaine.
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I think Scott gets it wrong. Tarantino's original text was a characteristic jumble of scenes & chronologies. It had a Chinese whispers quality, where the narrative is refracted through a movie geek protagonist trying to see his life in terms of Charles Bronson/Sonny Chiba movies. Scott reduces this to a mere surface, turning the story into a straightforward account; sentimentality soaked in 80s action cinema gloss.
If you want a girl to like you, take her to see this movie. By the end, you'll be acting out the pie scene, you'll want to fall in love, you'll want to go on an adventure together... you'll want to be Clarence and Alabama.
Easily one of the best romantic comedies of all-time
Waited a lifetime to see this one: boy was it worth it. And i watched it on film print > as always THE best way to experience a film. DCP? No thank you. Should one challenge the directing title as it is? I think it oughta be considered a co-directing title for this one - this screams Tarantino in every shot. I wanna meet a girl on a screening too: A nice and special one who'll love me till i die> yup i'm delusional;(
Scotts romanticism is the perfect counterpoint to Tarantinos juvenile (but honest in a way) pop-excesses. He releases the characters into a world of hope rather than letting them become just another pop-cultural myth as Tarantino had it in mind. Not everyone has to end like Elvis you know.
"ME AND DENNIS [Hopper], when we were doing that scene in TRUE ROMANCE, it was hilarious. It really was — including shooting him. All that laughing was real. He was killing me. And all the guys around us — that was a very cracking-up day." - Christopher Walken
The way it is written, the main character is a cinematic-badass version of Tarantino himself. This movie has it all, great dialogue, movie references and Val Kilmer as Elvis Presley. And that's not even the best part...The scene with Hopper and Walken is one for the movie archives.
This is one of my absolute favorite films. With a great script from Quentin Tarantino, excellent direction from Tony Scott, and the electric chemistry of Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, on top of all the incredible supporting characters and you have a pretty fucking amazing motion picture.