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True Romance (Unrated Director's Cut) (1993)

Christian Slater , Patricia Arquette , Tony Scott  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
  • Producers: Bill Unger, Bob Weinstein, Don Edmonds, Gary Barber, Gregory Manson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 1997
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304602979
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Romance (Unrated Director's Cut)" on IMDb

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It was directed with energetic skill by Top Gun Tony Scott, but this breathtaking 1993 thriller (think of it as an adolescent crime fantasy on steroids) has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. True Romance is really part of a loose trilogy that includes Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, with a crackling Tarantino screenplay that rides a fine line between raucous comedy and violent excess. Christian Slater plays Clarence, the comic-book lover who meets a beguiling prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), confronts her vicious pimp (Gary Oldman), and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favorite Tarantino climax--the "Mexican standoff"--in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. Brutal, profane, and totally outrageous, True Romance is not for everyone, but with a supporting cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, and Val Kilmer (as the ghost of Elvis!), you can be sure this movie will never be boring. --Jeff Shannon

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239 of 256 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Underated and Often Unfairly Overlooked November 30, 2001
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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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121 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hey, get some beer, and some....cleaning products." November 19, 2002
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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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust me, I should know...I'm part Sicilian September 18, 2005
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Tarantino at his best, just wanted the movie but the extras on the Director's Cut make this the preferred version.
Published 7 days ago by Steve Hellwig
5.0 out of 5 stars possible fav movie all-time
I first saw this on premium channel, back in early '90s, been a fan ever since. Slater's best, full of stars, even Brad Pitt has a small part.
Published 16 days ago by DC
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE DEAL
One of the Best Movies ever made. GREAT , FAST paced story. Super cast of awesome characters. I could watch this Film over , and over , and over. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jeffrey Chuss
5.0 out of 5 stars SO COOL!!!
Loved it for both a romance story and a drama!!! Wow, it really keeps you on your seat for the next move!
Published 26 days ago by Renae Rauker
5.0 out of 5 stars Quentin Tarantino movies are great
Great movie if you like Quentin Tarantino and great cast. Christopher Walken isn't in a big part, but he's always awesome.
Published 1 month ago by B. Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars great mondern day classic
I recommend this to any action lover who doesn't mind a little love interest plot thrown in. some of the most classic lines said by some of the most classic movie stars ever!!!
Published 1 month ago by Pigs
5.0 out of 5 stars long time favorite
Great movie!!had seen years ago...still holds up..give it a try,then if you like it tell a friend.
If you dont like it tell a enemy!!!
Published 1 month ago by scott steinberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quentin Tarantino!!!!
Just as good as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction! If you liked either of those movies you will like True Romance.
Published 1 month ago by richard ragland
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome new classic
Fun early 90's adventured. Anticipation and plot depend on acting rather than affects like in modern action adventures! Family fun!
Published 1 month ago by heidi hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!!
I have been looking for this for a long time and am so happy that i finally have one of the best movies that christopher walken is in!!
Published 1 month ago by Mike Williams
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