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True Romance (1993)

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Re: True Romance (1993)
Added by Gizmola (email, web) on 2003-12-21 23:03:40

I agree True Romance is an excellent movie, and relatively underappreciated. Tony Scott (brother of Ridley Scott) has a very distinctive look to his films, and a lot of people have reacted negatively to the glossy Top Gun sheen he's famous for. There is some fantastic sequences in the film, as you mentioned the classic scene where the mob puts the squeeze on Clarence's father in order to get information on where he has gone to.

Equally memorable was the amazing scene you mentioned where the bruising hitman played with scary authenticity by James Gandolfini of Soprano's fame, catches up with Alabama.

You give a lot of credit to Tarrantino, but I think it should be mentioned that Roger Avary was the original writer of the script that became True Romance, and contributed quite a bit to it, never receiving the credit he deserved. He also co-wrote Pulp Fiction and didn't recieve proper credit on that film either.

Re: True Romance (1993)
Added by John Ulmer (email, web) on 2004-03-16 05:51:49

Also, Michael Rapaport is not Mark Rapaport. :)

Great review, but I didn't like this film very much. Maybe it's because I read Tarantino's script ahead of time, but I think that Scott betrayed some of the dark qualities that Quentin had implemented and tried to make a half-and-half movie. I prefer reading Quentin's script than watching the movie. Something didn't click together for me. It left me expecting something better, especially after reading really good reviews such as this.

This is probably one of the more disappointing film experiences I've had.

Re: True Romance (1993)
Added by John Ulmer (email, web) on 2004-03-16 05:58:58

Bill, I edited your review and changed the following:

Gary Barber, Samuel Hadida, Steve Perry and Bill Unger -- you had them listed as writers and Quentin Tarantino as producer. It's the opposite. I switched these around.

I also changed Mark Rapaport to Michael Rapaport, both under the credits and your review.

If anything I did is wrong then tell me and I'll switch them back, but I think you just made some mistakes. I didn't change any wording in your review, just switched the producers, writer, and the name of an actor around so that they're correct.

Re: True Romance (1993)
Added by Bill King   on 2004-03-16 12:15:39

Thanks for catching that. I don't know how I ended up putting Mark in there instead of Michael. I usually copy and paste names from the IMDB to avoid those kinds of mistakes.

Re: True Romance (1993)
Added by John Ulmer (email, web) on 2004-03-17 11:45:35

No problem. Sometimes I'll re-read reviews I've written and notice mistakes I've made just like that. One time I referenced Orson Welles as the creator of "The Time Machine." :)

Mis-titled classic
Added by Stuart McDonald (email) on 2005-03-04 23:17:29

This was the one that got away. I think Tony Scott's direction softened Quentin Tarantino's brilliant screenplay to make it the most viewer friendly "Tarantino" movie there is. Who came up with that ridiculous title? It scared away male audiences in droves. A Christian Slater movie called "True Romance" is not the kind of movie most guys would flock to see. Had the name been better this movie would have been Tarantino's breakthrough.
The great dialogue in Pulp Fiction I had seen already in Reservoir Dogs and True Romance. It was only groundbreaking to those new to QT. In addition, the directing was more raw and less box office friendly. True Romance had it all. Tarantino's dialogue, Scott's direction and one of the best movie casts of all time. If only it had a title worthy of its brilliance.

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