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[[caption-width-right:200:Tired of relationships? Try a romance]]

''True Romance'' is a 1993 movie written by Creator/QuentinTarantino (based on a script by RogerAvary) and directed by Tony Scott (''Film/TopGun''). It tells the story of outlaw lovers Clarence Worley (Creator/ChristianSlater) and Alabama Whitman (Creator/PatriciaArquette) who accidentally steal a suitcase full of cocaine and then go on the run from the mob.

The couple make their way to Hollywood to sell the drugs -- but it's there that the mob catches up with them.

The movie is notable, beyond its star-launching casting, for being the film that put Tarantino's writing on the Hollywood map. Additionally, it is fairly well-known (and well-liked) within the movie industry, given [[AllStarCast all the stars in it]]; but it isn't widely known, except among Tarantino fans.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AcceptableTargets[=/=]AssholeVictim: Invoked by Clarence's SpiritAdvisor after Clarence kills Drexl.
-->You think a cop gives a fuck about a pimp? Listen. Every pimp in the world gets shot. Two in the back of the fuckin' head. Cops'd throw a party, man.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Don Vincenzo appears to have this reaction to Clifford's jibes about Sicilians being descended from black people. [[spoiler: Not that it stops him from shooting him]].
* AerosolFlamethrower: Alabama uses one on Virgil.
* AxCrazy: Drexl and to a ''slightly'' lesser extent, Virgil.
** Well, Clarence's sanity can also be called into question, just a smidge.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:aww, Elvis.]]
* {{Badass}}:
** Definitely Alabama for [[spoiler:turning the tables during her NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Virgil.]]
** Also, Vincenzo.
-->'''Clifford Worley:''' (''after Vincenzo has told him about Clarence stealing the drugs'') I don't believe you.
-->'''Vincenzo:''' That is of minor importance. What is of major fucking importance is that I believe you.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted in the fight between Alabama and Virgil.
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* BlastOut: In gloriously chaotic style.
* BottomlessMagazines: Mostly averted. Clarence fires his revolver five times in one scene and police can be seen reloading their guns during the shootout. The Gangsters can also be seen taking a massive amount of magazines and shotgun shells with them in a briefcase. However, Clarence does manage to kill Drexl and his bodyguard by firing seven shots out of a six shot revolver, although this is less overkill than most films.
* CallBack: On their date, Alabama says her favorite music is "Phil Spector girl-group stuff." When she gets back to the motel room to find Virgil, if you listen closely, you can hear the Crystals' recording of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" in the background.
* ClusterFBomb
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Clarence, after getting [[EyeScream shot in the eye]].]] The film certainly isn't a Disney film, though. Originally, [[spoiler:Clarence was supposed to die, and Alabama gives a grief-stricken monologue cursing him before riding off with the money.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Lee is shot to death after he throws coffee on Elliot.
* ElvisPresley: Clarence is obsessed with Elvis, among other things. His SpiritAdvisor is implied to be Elvis, but never named.
* EyePatchOfPower: Clarence, in the epilogue. Though, seeing as how he's only seen smiling and [[spoiler:playing with his infant son]], it's not all that scary.
* EyeScream: An offscreen one by Clarence to Drexl, who already has a blind eye. Later, Clarence also loses an eye in the shootout (ironically the same one).
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Clifford on realizing he won't make it out alive.]]
* FourthDateMarriage: More like [[spoiler:the-very-next-day marriage.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Drexl has a ''very'' evil scar.
* TheGhost: Blue Lou Boyle is the mafia kingpin who owns the dope. He's referred to a number of times, but the closest we get to him is his consigliere, Vincenzo Coccotti, who is terrifying enough on his own. A scene was written for Blue Lou, but it was never filmed.
* GroinAttack: Drexl gets shot in the groin.
* HeroicSacrifice: During the face-off between Vincenzo and Clifford, Clifford knows full well if he gives up his son they'll ''both'' be killed. So he taunts Vincenzo with the infamous Sicilian monologue, [[spoiler:provoking Vincenzo into shooting him dead without any further torture. The {{Mook}}s still find clues that lead them to Clarence and Alabama.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Alabama.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Clarence has a monologue explaining why he would have sex with Elvis.
* ItGetsEasier: The hitman Virgil explaining to Alabama -- in the process of beating her into a bloody mess -- how hard it is at first to kill someone. He notes that he threw up after his first kill but by the third one he had "leveled off." He now kills people [[OhCrap just to see their expressions change]].
** Of course, by revealing this helpful little hint, Virgil accidentally gives Alabama the motivation to get up and make ''him'' her first kill.
* KarmicDeath:
** Drexl is shot in the groin.
** [[spoiler:Virgil is killed by a woman.]]
* LivingLieDetector: Vincenzo Coccotti claims that he is a master liar and therefore a master at spotting lies. It seems likely that the reason he reacts the way he does when Clifford starts to tell him about Sicilians' black heritage is because he can tell that Clifford really is telling the truth rather than simply making stuff up to insult him.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The film has an impressively large and star-studded ensemble.
* TheMafia: Frightening and dangerous and led by Christopher Walken.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: The phone booth? HOT.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Alabama drops into Clarence's life and takes an earnest liking to all of his weird, geeky tastes and interests. [[SubvertedTrope Except]] ThePartridgeFamily. That's where she draws the line.
* MeetCute: Subverted. Clarence thinks he's having one of these, but Alabama has been paid to be there. Of course, then she ''does'' fall in love with him.
* MexicanStandoff: Tarantino's trademark.
* MoreDakka: The reason Boris doesn't obey the cops is that he and his buddy are armed with a hell of a lot more firepower than the LAPD -- also, he just hates cops.
* MoeGreeneSpecial: How Clarence gets his {{eyepatch of power}}.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Virgil to Alabama. But then...
* NoKillLikeOverkill: The way [[spoiler:Alabama kills Virgil. She uses a cork screw, a toilet lid, a bust of [[ElvisPresley Elvis]], an Aerosol Flamethrower, and a shotgun]]. BAD. ASS.
* OneLastSmoke: Although he quit smoking, Clifford indulges in one last smoke when he [[spoiler:decides to commit suicide by gangster]].
* OrchestraHitTechnoBattle: [[spoiler:The fight scene between Clarence and Drexl has 'I Want Your Body' from Nymphomania playing in the background]].
* OutlawCouple: Although they don't actually commit very much crime.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: TheMafia. Clifford knows this, and uses it to provoke them into killing him immediately, before they can torture him to death.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Drexl thinks he's black, but he's mostly white, with maybe some Native American.
* PsychoForHire: Virgil, the hitman who seems to delight in torturing his victims first.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Virgil, and deservedly so.]]
* RelativeButton: In addition to insulting the infamous ethnic pride of Sicilian mobsters, the Sicilian Monologue also makes it personal when Clifford starts insinuating that some female ancestor of Vincenzo's slept with a black man.
* ShoutOut: The use of "Gassenhauser" in the score could be seen as a reference to ''{{Badlands}}''. That or HansZimmer ripping off CarlOrff.
** ShoutOutToShakespeare: Both Clarence and Nicky at some point in the movie say they [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} knew something was rotten in Denmark]].
* SilentOffer: The protagonist makes an offer in an envelope for his "peace of mind." The envelope is empty.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The upbeat techno music during the scene with Drexl, the calm soothing piece during the Virgil scene and the Sicilian scene.
* SpiritAdvisor: Clarence occasionally gets advice from an apparition that behaves like ElvisPresley.
* TheSlacker: Floyd, Dick's roommate, played by Creator/BradPitt.
* TheStoner: Floyd, again...
* StylisticSuck: Lee Donowitz's film within a film, ''Comin' Home in a Body Bag'', appears to be an archetypal brain-dead 80s action movie, though Clarence talks about it like it's ''Apocalypse Now''.
* SuicideByCop: Clifford intentionally enrages the mafia gangsters so that they'll kill him outright before they can torture his son's location out of him.
* TriggerHappy: The entire last shootout, but the bodyguard Boris and his buddy are very gunhappy.
* TooKinkyToTorture[=/=]IShallTauntYou: Alabama goes out of her way to mock Virgil after using a Bust of Elvis on him.
* VillainBall: Once Alabama proves she is willing to fight back, Virgi still continues to taunt her and [[JustHitHim throw her around]], even after some nasty injuries. She ends up blowing his brains out once she gets her hands on a shotgun.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Averted. [[spoiler:Virgil ruthlessly and unscrupulously beats and tortures Alabama. Despite expressing admiration for her 'heart', he is also shown prepared to shoot her, but she eventually manages to kill him.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Open to interpretation, but the hearty laugh and the kiss on the cheek that Vincenzo gives Clifford before he [[spoiler:shoots him]] indicates a sizable amount of respect for the balls the other man shows.

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