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True Romance

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What's it About

When quirky comic-store clerk Clarence (Slater) meets beauty Alabama (Arquette) at a Sonny Chiba triple feature, it’'s love at first sight. Never mind that Alabama is a prostitute hired by Clarence’'s boss to seduce him: the two are made for each other. Now the only thing standing in their way is Alabama'’s violence-prone pimp, Drexl (Oldman), who Clarence has plans to bump off. When Clarence inadvertently picks up a cache of cocaine on leaving Drexl’'s lair, he plans to cash in. But the mob, who'’d originally invested in the drugs, wants Clarence to cash out — permanently.

Why we love it

Yes, the lovers-on-the-lam genre has been done to death in Hollywood, but this film, penned by Quentin Tarantino (while he was still a video-store geek), is directed with electrifying flair by Tony Scott. And it’'s fun to boot! Slater’'s impish, slightly madcap charisma and Arquette'’s plump-lipped coquetry will make you root for these rebels, even after they knock off Oldman and hit the road carrying their illicit loot. This is pure, adrenaline-fueled pop filmmaking, with the best cameos (Walken, Pitt, Hopper, and Kilmer) of practically any film we can think of. Crank this one up on a weekend night— — you'’ll have a blast.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"