True Romance—20th January 2018, Bem Mozi

True Romance artwork. Credit belongs to Cassandra Yap.

I remember seeing this thrill ride of a film when it was originally released on VHS in 1994. Or was it 1995? Doesn’t matter.

I was twelve years old at the time and up until that point, True Romance was perhaps the greatest movie I had ever seen.

My cousin Ronnie talked us into renting it and the whole family sat round our large television to drink in this modern day take on Bonnie and Clyde. Since that day, I have watched TR countless times. It never gets old.

Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is a down on his luck comic store clerk who is celebrating his birthday at a Kung Fu movie theatre. Into this scene walks, Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) and the two strike up an unlikely romance. After Alabama tearfully confesses to being a prostitute, Clarence decides to confront her pimp Drexl (brilliantly played by a dreadlocked, Gary Oldman).

I will stop there. To say anymore would be to ruin the whole film.

Directed by the late Tony Scott, True Romance is filled with outstanding performances from the likes of Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini, Bradd Pitt, Michael Rapaport, Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper. Do yourself a favour and go see watch it.

Fun fact:

Quentin Tarantino penned the action paced script. In fact, this is his first feature length movie. Up until very recently, QT believed “The Sicilian Scene” was the best thing he had ever written. That honour now goes to the opening of Inglorious Basterds. The Sicilian scene still wins out for me.

True Romance will be shown at Bem Mozi tonight. The show begins at 8pm.

Tickets are 1k.