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True Romance Director's Cut

4

Sandwiched between the releases of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Tony Scott's muscular take on Quentin Tarantino's first script fuelled the early '90s infatuation with the video-store clerk turned ultraviolent auteur. Influenced by Badlands and Bonnie And Clyde, it's the crime thriller as wish fulfilment, as Christian Slater's comic-book shop assistant hooks up with Patricia Arquette's doting hooker and goes on the run with a stolen case of coke.

Cracking cameos from Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini enhance the typically profane, bloody action, while Scott's burnished visuals and snappy editing ensure a lean, compelling caper right up to the bullet-strewn, breath-blagging conclusion.

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