Monday, August 20, 2012

Tony Scott: True Romance

In Texas, I was eerily in the middle of watching Tony Scott's True Romance (1993; Director's Cut, 2002) about the time Mr. Scott leaped to his death in California. Knowing of his demise put an edgy spin to the the rest of the movie.

Clarence (Christian Slater), his Dad Clifford (Dennis Hopper) and Detroit.

What's does True Romance have going for it? Scott, along with Quentin Tarantino's "naughty boy" script, follows the main characters (played by Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater) from Detroit to Los Angeles. They are carrying a suitcase full of uncut cocaine after a deadly confrontation, hunted by gangsters. The story line is as old as dirt, but appearances by Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini (before they became ubiquitous) along with Val Kilmer (as Elvis' Spirit), Gary Oldman (in dreadlocks), Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Tom Sizemore, Michael Rapaport and Chris Penn, among others -- makes it a funhouse of quirkiness. Warning to the squeamish: as is Tarantino's wont, much blood flows in between the quips. Pulp Fiction came out a year later.

Today's Rune: Possessions.         

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