True Romance (1993) – Encore Review

“Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I’m Sicilian. My father was the world heavy-weight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away. A guys got seventeen pantomimes. A woman’s got twenty, but a guy’s got seventeen… but, if you know them, like you know your own face, they beat lie detectors all to hell. Now, what we got here is a little game of show and tell. You don’t wanna show me nothin’, but you’re tellin me everything. I know you know where they are, so tell me before I do some damage you won’t walk away from. ” – Vincenzo Coccotti

Number of Times Seen – At least 20 times (1st time was at a video in 1994, cable, video, DVD, 1 Jul 2001, 23 March 2013 and 25 Sep 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A meeting by accident in a movie theater, two misfits end up traveling across the country with a bag of drugs while being pursued by both the police and the mafia.

My Take on it – I saw this film for the first time on video not long after it came out and have been a fan ever since.

The story moves at a great pace and there are no lulls since something is constantly happening that keeps the momentum moving the entire time.

This film was written by Quentin Tarantino and he used the money he made from selling this script to finance his very first film Reservoir Dogs (1992) which put his on the Hollywood radar.

The casting of Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in the lead roles was a great one and the characters have such amazing chemistry throughout the film that it helps make things feel even more realistic the entire time because of the way things are portrayed.

The supporting cast is filled with future Tarantino alumni in various roles and also has some popular actors in roles that are completely against type for them (i.e. Bronson Pinchot) , yet due to the great script, dialogue and direction, they excel in those roles.

As with all Tarantino written films, the dialogue is superb and is filled with lots of pop culture references that make the characters all seem even more real and genuine the whole time.

The soundtrack of this film is superb and I can listen to it over and over especially Hans Zimmer’s theme for the film – You’re so cool…

Check it out here:

This is one of my favorite Tarantino films and it is done so well.

Bottom Line – Excellent film that is further proof of how much of a genius Tarantino is. This is the script that he sold in order to fund his debut film of Reservoir Dogs (1992) that put him on the radar. Slater and Arquette have amazing chemistry here and the story plays out so well largely because it comes across as seeming quite realistic in the way things are portrayed all along. The cast is superb and features many future Tarantino faves along with other actors that seem cast against type here yet still are amazing to watch with the dialogue and direction they are given.  Very fun story that is paced just right in order to keep things interesting the entire time. One of my favorite Tarantino scripted films.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although this movie was not directed by Quentin Tarantino, it is still considered part of the Tarantino universe. The two key pieces of evidence, is Lee Donowitz being the grandson of Sergeant Donnie Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds (2009), this being confirmed by Tarantino. The second piece of evidence, is the fact that Mr. White from Reservoir Dogs (1992) mentioned working with a girl named “Alabama”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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