True Romance

Year: 1993
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Oliver Stone
Producer: Gary Barber
Writer: Quentin Trantino
Cast: Christian Slater, Rosanna Arquette, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L Jackson, Bronson Pinchot, Val Kilmer, Michael Rapaport, James Galdonfini, Saul Rubinek, Tom Sizemore, Chris Penn

It's as much an opportunity for some of the most distinctive filmmakers of our time to showcase what they can do with visuals, characterisations and images as it is a story. For all the critical praise heaped on Christoph Waltz for his portrayal as Hans Landa in Ingluorious Basterds, Tarantino's script has multiple characters who make just as much of an impact, many of whom only appear barely more than once each. Drexl Spivey (Oldman) or Clifford (Hopper), father of hero Clarence (Slater) only appear twice, but their presence in the film is blisteringly and endlessly quotable. Scott's frenetic sense of action completes the picture and makes for a violent, cool movie that's all zeitgeist.

Clarence falls for sexpot hooker Alabama (Arquette) with all his heart. He mistakenly swipes a stash of coke from her pimp Spivey, and before they know it, the mob who oversees him is on their tail as Clarence and Alabama go to LA to unload the haul, the amount they're asking enough o write their ticket.

Characters that pepper the movie only galvanise the sense of Taratinoesque cool, from the constantly high TV addict (Pitt) to the ghost of Elvis Presley (Kilmer), and it's essential viewing if you're a fan of Tarantino, Scott or stylised films with (as Clarence puts it) 'balls'. Ironically he's the one who hasn't gone on to ever-higher career heights.

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