True Romance (1993)
Tony Scott, Quentin Tarantino
116 min., United States
“The best film Tarantino never made.”
In front of the grindhouse cinema where he is celebrating his birthday with the latest Kung Fu release, Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) – a kind hearted but socially awkward comic shop clerk – meets the beautiful Alabama (Patricia Arquette). They spend a romantic night together and when she later breaks down in tears confessing that she is actually a call girl paid by his boss to give him a nice birthday but that she has fallen in love with him, he eagerly forgives her. They get married and Clarence visits her pimp to kill him and get her belongings. The bag he brings home however instead holds five millions worth of cocaine…
After writing both the scripts of True Romance and Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino – who was new in the business and couldn’t do both – had to leave one of the scripts to someone else. And although Tony Scott ended up directing it, True Romance is often referred to as “the best film Tarantino never made.” Romantic, funny, violent as all of his work, True Romance grabs your attention and takes you on a trip along some of the best scenes ever written (The Sicilian) Credits for the star-cast (Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini i.a.) and the great ending – different from Tarantino’s initial idea – go to Tony Scott.