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True Romance (1993)

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In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

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Tony Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Clarence Worley
Patricia Arquette ... Alabama Whitman
Dennis Hopper ... Clifford Worley
Val Kilmer ... Mentor
Gary Oldman ... Drexl Spivey
Brad Pitt ... Floyd (Dick's Roommate)
Christopher Walken ... Vincenzo Coccotti
Bronson Pinchot ... Elliot Blitzer
Samuel L. Jackson ... Big Don
Michael Rapaport ... Dick Ritchie
Saul Rubinek ... Lee Donowitz
Conchata Ferrell ... Mary Louise Ravencroft
James Gandolfini ... Virgil
Anna Levine ... Lucy (as Anna Thomson)
Victor Argo ... Lenny
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In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Not since Bonnie and Clyde have two people been so good at being bad. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,023,420, 12 September 1993

Gross USA:

$12,281,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,281,551
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Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

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Dolby Stereo | DTS (5.1)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the diner scene, when Clarence (Christian Slater) asks Alabama (Patricia Arquette) what her turn-offs are, she replies "Persians" in the finished film. Being turned off by her character appearing racist in that scene, Arquette name-dropped a different ethnicity, race, or nationality for each take that was shot. She said she wanted to be equally offensive to all people. See more »

Goofs

When Clarence and Alabama arrive in Los Angeles, we see them driving along the freeway with the Capitol Records building in the background and the sun low on the horizon, indicating that it is evening. However, a radio announcer is talking about it being morning. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clarence Worley: In "Jailhouse Rock" he was everything rockabilly's about. I mean, he is rockabilly. Mean, surly, nasty, rude. In that movie he couldn't give a fuck about nothing except rockin' and rollin', living fast, dying young and leaving a good-looking corpse.
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Alternate Versions

The US theatrical version runs 118 minutes and was heavily cut for violence in order to receive an R-rating. This version was released to US theaters in 1993 and as a rental VHS in the US in 1994. It still occasionally shows up on premium cable and streaming services. The Director's Cut (also known as the 'Unrated' edition) runs 121 minutes and is the only version that has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray worldwide, initially appearing as a buy-only VHS and laserdisc in the US. The Director's Cut changes the following: -The death of Big Don and his dealer is more violent. -Drexl beating up Clarence and the subsequent shoot-out in Drexl's club are longer. -The extremely brutal fight between Virgil and Alabama is over a full minute longer and ends with Alabama beating Virgil's body over the head repeatedly with the butt of the shotgun. -The final shootout in the hotel room is longer and bloodier. -Instead of being killed by a random mafioso, Nicky is shot by Alabama in the Director's Cut. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Get Shorty/Now and Then/Mallrats (1995) See more »

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Raga Yaman
Performed by Clem Alford
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Cult Movie to the Best
21 April 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Detroit, Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch three kung-fu movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) accidentally drops her popcorns on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Then they eat pieces of pie and they have one night stand. On the dawn, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired by his boss and friend to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her clothes. However her pimp Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman) and his partner beat up Clarence that reacts killing them both. Clarence asks to the other girls to give Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and they mistakenly give another one with cocaine.

When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspirant actor Dick Ritchie (Michael Rapaport), to sell the drug in Los Angeles and then travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper) and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers is hunting down Clarence and Alabama.

"True Romance" is a great cult movie written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater show a wonderful chemistry and have top-notch performances and the supporting cast is impressive. The movie has a non-stop action and is excellent even after watching many times. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Amor à Queima Roupa" ("Love at Close Range")


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