After marrying a call girl, a movie buff kills her pimp, steals
a suitcase full of cocaine, and the two are pursued by the mob.
True Romance (1993)
Directed by Tony Scott
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper,
Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt,
Bronson Pinchot, Saul Rubinek, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore,
True Romance is an entertaining crime thriller that answers the question "What would happen if Quentin Tarantino wrote a love story?" The result is a brutally romantic tale of new love, betrayal, the mob, and a ton of cocaine. Led by an impressive performance from 90's up-and-comer Christian Slater, Tony Scott delivers a memorable chapter in the Tarantino catalog that holds up while remaining dated at the same time.
As with most of his films, the best part of True Romance is the incredible cast of character actors, including Gary Oldman as a despicable pimp named Drexyl, Dennis Hopper in one of his few good guy roles, and Christopher Walken as one of the most terrifying and intimidating gangsters in film history. The scene between Walken's Vincenzo Coccotti and Hopper's Clifford Worley is unbelievably tense, led entirely by Tarantino's impressive dialogue. Though both characters are absent from the rest of the movie, the scene stands out as the best overall.
I love when a film is created by sheer circumstance, when something happens which causes something else to happen. True Romance is very much that kind of movie, with the entire film happening because Clarence Worley (Slater) and Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) fell in love. Though it was directed by Tony Scott, it feels like quintessential Tarantino, which is one of the many reasons why its lasted so long as a cult hit among film fans.