True Romance Director's Cut


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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