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True Romance (1997)

Christian Slater , Patricia Arquette , Tony Scott  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: Quentin Tarantino
  • Producers: Samuel Hadida, Steve Perry, Bill Unger, James G. Robinson, Gary Barber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0J0D8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Synopsis:  This rock'n'roll adventure story tells of two unlikely lovers who accidentally double-cross the Detroit mob by stealing valuable contraband. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, flee to Los Angeles where they are sought by both gangsters and cops.


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244 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Underated and Often Unfairly Overlooked November 30, 2001
Format:DVD
True Romance is one of those great films that was rather unfairly and bizarrely largely ignored on it's original theatrical release but it's really hard to know why. It's not because of the script/screenplay, that was written by the great Quentin Tarantino, with all the trademark flourishes you'd expect, with witty dialogue and great set-pieces that leave you quoting them for weeks. It's not because it's got a poor cast or poor acting. Apart from the leads, Christian Slater and the wonderful Patricia Arquette (in undoubtedly their greatest screen performances), this movie has a cast list like a whose who of great screen actors; Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman and Christopher Walken. It also boasts a great cameo performance from Brad Pitt and a superb supporting performance from (the then not so famous) James Gandolfino. Val Kilmer and Samuel L. Jackson even turn up too in blink and you'll miss it performances.
This is a great movie, a cool movie, a funny movie and an action movie. Directed by Tony Scott, one of the best (if not the best) action movie directors around, True Romance is the story of Alabama (Arquette) and Clarence (Slater) young newlywed lovers on the run with a stolen suitcase full of $5m worth of the mafia's coke, which they intend to sell. But as the old saying goes, the path to true love never runs smooth and a battle of wits ensues between Clarence, the police and the mob leading to a classic finale in this action packed film. As a whole, this movie works beautifully but on DVD it's even better because you can access all your favourite classic scenes that unmistakeably bare Tarantino's hallmark again and again.
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124 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hey, get some beer, and some....cleaning products." November 19, 2002
Format:DVD
I really wish Brad Pitt would consider reprising his role as the stoner Floyd someday cause he absolutely stole the show-he's hysterical. Some of the classic Tarantino lines of all time, several adlibs, and phenomenal scenes that are way outside the edge of reality, but it works. A better ensemble cast than anything else you're liable to find. Was this Gandolfini's first "sensitive hitman" role? Patricia Arquette is yummy, Hopper is in rare form, Walken is as menacing as he is weird, Oldman makes a great pimp, we find out about Samuel L's sexual preferences, and Slater manages to turn in a credible understated but high energy performance. A monument to the Nintendo generation I suppose but a great movie worth watching over and over again. Oh yeah, if you're quick to scream "ripoff" when you see a road movie that resembles True Romance, NBK, Freeway, Love and a 45, etc then pick up a copy of Badlands with Martin Sheen. Tarantino makes better movies than his predecessors but he's borrowed an idea or two along the way. 5 Snorts.
Now, the new "Unrated" Director's Cut. well, they really can't call it unrated since not one single change was made from the original release. The sound and picture are far superior to the original DVD however, and there are a few extras rabid fans will enjoy. Especially the commentary by Michael Rappaport and Brad Pitt. The 'deleted' scenes aren't worth talking about. Sad actually. And the alternate ending.....thank god they didn't go with that one. If you don't already own the DVD then this one is for you. If you are thinking about getting this one for the added content you may want to think twice. The extras just aren't worth it.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Off beat and Over the Top. The Dialogue is Quick and Sharp, the only way Quentin knows how. I loved Patrica Arquette in this character and Bronson Pinchot is Hilarious. THis Unrated version contains a longer cut of the scene in the hotel room where one of the mafia guys ( James Gondofini) comes to find the drugs, to find Patricia's Character alone and helpless not say a word and be brutally beaten only to repay the same to her attacker. I have the original On DVD and the unrated 2 disc version is not much longer just more intense.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust me, I should know...I'm part Sicilian September 18, 2005
Format:DVD
True Romance has Quentin Tarantino's fingerprints all over it, although it was actually directed by Tony Scott. It has everything, from a Mexican standoff, to the rat-a-tat dialogue, to the same obsession with 70s flicks that are common in many of Tarantino's films. The only thing it's missing is Uma Thurman.

The story is almost beside the point: a comic book nerd named Clarence Worley (Christian Slater, were we all to suffer his lot in life!) hooks up with a prostitute, Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) with a heart of gold. What could have been a traumatic experience for the both of them blossoms into a passionate romance. It's not long before the two get married.

Unlike say, Pretty Woman, True Romance reminds us that being a prostitute is not fun. Part of the unglamorous side of Alabama's life is her abusive pimp, Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman, fantastic as always). Clarence decides to get Alabama's possessions back from the pimp and settle the score. The plot spirals from there, but it involves a huge amount of cocaine that's so expensive, just possessing it is a liability.

On Clarence's side is his big doofus of a friend, Dick Ritchie (Michael Rapaport), an aspiring actor that's particularly Joey-esque. For some reason, Brad Pitt plays Floyd, Dick's stoner roommate. Clarence also looks for help from his dad, Clifford (the always amusing Dennis Hopper). Guiding (if you can call it that) Clarence through life is his illusionary mentor, Elvis (wouldja believe, Val Kilmer?). No, seriously. It doesn't take long before Dick hooks Clarence up with a buyer. That buyer is Eliot Blitzer, representing the famous Hollywood director Lee Donowitz (played by Bronson Pinchot and Saul Rubinek respectively).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Typical Tarentino. The underbelly of human existence. Watched ...
Typical Tarentino. The underbelly of human existence. Watched about 20 minutes.
Published 16 hours ago by Ms Belle
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Pulp Fiction
This is a REAL movie....not just filler and fluff to keep the crowds coming to the theater. If you loved Pulp Fiction, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, Goodfellas, and Boiler... Read more
Published 1 day ago by allison quinlivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good looking except for one issue.
The movie itself is awesome, if you haven't seen it and you are a Tarentino fan, you should probably watch it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by jay
3.0 out of 5 stars represents some of the best action direction you'll ever see
Violence, whether boiling in the background or in your face, represents some of the best action direction you'll ever see. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jonathan R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best movie EVER
Published 5 days ago by cameron kitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!
Published 7 days ago by metalmaven
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great movie. Had to add this classic to my blueray collection. Non stop action
Published 7 days ago by robert dollar
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite of all time
Its difficult, even seemingly impossible at times to pick a favorite movie but more often than not I pick this one and Im sticking with that. My favorite of all time. Read more
Published 10 days ago by kingpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought It For The Commentary, Wasn't Disappointed
I bought the 2 disc Director's Cut just to hear what Quentin had to say about the film, and I was not let down. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Anyong
5.0 out of 5 stars If it's a fact, am I lying?
I got this to see Hoppers bit on the Moors and the Sicilians.
Published 12 days ago by Erik Buck
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