Monday, June 4, 2012

34/50x2: True Romance

Well, this is one of those movies that some random event happens that really causes a ripple effect throughout the entire film.

In True Romance Clarence (Christian Slater) is a comic book store worker who, on his birthday, goes to see a triple feature at a movie theater. While there, he meets Alabama (Patricia Arquette) and the two hit it off and head home together.

Throughout the night, the two begin to fall for each other - and then Alabama confesses that she didn't meet Clarence by chance, that she was sent to the theater by Clarence's boss, and she is a call girl.

Clarence goes to Alabama's pimp, Drexl (Gary Oldman), to try and smooth things over and let him know she is out of the game - and to pickup Alabama's belongings. Things, of course, go a bit wrong and Clarence winds up grabbing a suitcase he believes is Alabama's but it actually is a suitcase full of cocaine.

Thinking he could make a quick buck, Clarence gets in touch with Dick (Michael Rappaport), who talks to Elliot (Bronson Pinchot) an actor who is tight with a producer Lee Donowitz (Saul Rubinek) about purchasing the drugs. Meanwhile, gangster Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken) finds Clarence's wallet at Drexl's place and tries to track him down to find the drugs.

The cops get wind of the deal after a police officer pulls Elliot over and discovers the cocaine. So, they put a wire on him in hopes of bringing down the higher ups in the drug deal.

So, everyone is coming together at the same time - Clarence and Alabama; Lee the producer; the cops and the gangsters. What could possibly go wrong?

Pretty fun movie and a ton of great actors. By the way as much as we need more Christian Slater in the world - we definitely need more Bronson Pinchot.

It's a bit weird at times, I mean Clarence has an imaginary Elvis friend (Val Kilmer), who is never really seen in full body, but is heard talking back to Clarence. Plus, a pretty early in his career Brad Pitt as Dick's stoner roommate, Floyd.


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