True Romance (1993) Review


In Detroit Clarence a lonely pop culture geek marries call girl Alabama kills her pimp and steals cocaine, which leads to the mob trying to get it back as he attempts to sell it in Hollywood.


This film boasts a truly outstanding cast and so many moments where scenes are well and truly stolen by different actors. The snappy dialogue from Tarantino is outstanding as other films he has written, I am starting to think he really does have a thing about burgers! Everything gets out of hand very quickly for the lovers and once the first person has been killed it is then going to leave a bigger body count by the end. I thought the excitement of this was very well done and you could not help but follow everything that was going on from start to finish.

Will the drug deal work out in Hollywood for Clarence does he have the right charisma and enthusiasm to really pull it off? Considering his lonely life before Alabama walked into it then you wouldn’t think he was really capable of anything he ends up doing. Surely that just shows the power of loving someone? Maybe we shouldn’t dwell on the fact that it all happened extremely quickly and we can use the when you love someone you just know approach?

We get some totally brutal scenes as well which are done in a brilliant style and fit in very well with the rest of the film. I am very pleased to now have this one on my seen list and can really understand why everyone holds it in such high regard. It has a little bit of everything and an amazingly different take on what romance could be, which is something that I throughly enjoyed.

Christian Slater was brilliant in the leading role and really carries the character off very well. The chemistry with Patricia Arquette was essential for the film to really work and feel the characters crazy romance. How good are the appearances from Christopher Walken, James Gandolfini, Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper? Not forgetting Brad Pitt’s small role, all of which add something more to the film. Scene stealing moments, something that a Tarantino script will do! Gandolfini really impressed me with his small role, not a character you would have wanted to get on the wrong side of at all! Gary Oldman is almost unrecognisable in his crazy role as well, I love it when actors take on that type of role!

I have to admit that I reached a point where I had no idea how it was going to end, I feared the worst but ended up very happy with the conclusion of everything. I thought it was going to be extremely depressing but it stepped away from that option and I found myself very content with how it was all finished off. As I really did fear the worst and found it tugging at my heartstrings, which is high praise indeed as it meant I was emotionally involved and attached to the characters.

17 thoughts on “True Romance (1993) Review

  1. I’m glad that this early Quentin Tarantino script was directed by Ton y Scott – he gave it a glossy sheen that QT may not have – and the small roles by Brad Pitt and Gary Oldman are great – funny timing on your review as yesterday I posted this story about Burbank’s iconic Safari Inn, where they filmed scenes for the movie! –

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  2. I have a soft spot for this film too, as for many films released in the early 1990s. They still had this late 80s vibe, but it is clear – as Tarantino grows and this film shows – there is also something uncanny and realistic, rather than too cheesy, about them. And what an entertainment this film is. I bought a DVD ages ago, and I think I must have re-watched it over 40 times.

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