True Romance is a 1993 movie written by Quentin Tarantino (based on a script by Roger Avary) and directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun). It tells the story of outlaw lovers Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) and Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) 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 all the stars in it; but it isn't widely known, except among Tarantino fans.
And a Diet Coke: Christian Slater's character goes to buy "the two biggest, fattest burgers" a burger stand has, two chili fries… and a Diet Coke. This is done in contrast to his wife getting beaten savagely — nay destroyed — by a very angry James Gandolfini.
Ax-Crazy: Drexl and to a slightly lesser extent, Virgil.
Well, Clarence's sanity can also be called into question, just a smidge.
Bottomless Magazines: 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.
Call Back: 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.
Combat Pragmatist: Alabama averts the usual She-Fu trope hard by using anything and everything she can get her hands on as a weapon to fight back against and kill Virgil.
Disney Death: Clarence, after getting shot in the eye. The film certainly isn't a Disney film, though. Originally, Clarence was supposed to die, and Alabama gives a grief-stricken monologue cursing him before riding off with the money.
The Ghost: 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.
Heroic Sacrifice: 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, provoking Vincenzo into shooting him dead without any further torture. The Mooks still find clues that lead them to Clarence and Alabama.
It Gets Easier: 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 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.
Living Lie Detector: 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.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lee Donawitz is a major Hollywood player and a bit of a coke-lover who counts among his proudest achievements a Vietnam movie hailed for its accuracy (if Clarence's lines about his Vietnam-Vet family members are meant to be truthful). In short, Oliver Stone. Made even more apparent if you notice that the "stills" playing in his apartment are from Platoon.
Relative Button: 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.
Villain Ball: Once Alabama proves she is willing to fight back, Virgi still continues to taunt her and throw her around, even after some nasty injuries. She ends up blowing his brains out once she gets her hands on a shotgun.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted. 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.
Worthy Opponent: Open to interpretation, but the hearty laugh and the kiss on the cheek that Vincenzo gives Clifford before he shoots him indicates a sizable amount of respect for the balls the other man shows.