Quentin Tarantino’s latest opus, HATEFUL EIGT, has just hit the silver screen. To celebrate, let’s reach into the way back and Remember his first screenplay turned feature film, TRUE ROMANCE, directed by Tony Scott.

This article was originally published as part of my weekly column Cinema Remembered over at the amazing THATMOMENTIN.COM – your one stop geek spot.

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THIS WEEK:True Romance (1993) A loner meets the girl of his dreams under unlikely circumstances and gets caught up in a vicious criminal underworld.

HOW THE MOMENT STARTS: A comic book geek spends some time between the sheets with a stunning beauty way out of his league. The cherry on top is she’s also into all the nerdy things he is. Too bad all isn’t as it seems. Turns out, the love of his life is a call girl with a dangerous pimp.

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THE PREFACE: While Reservoir Dogs is considered the first Quentin Tarantino film, his first screenplay to hit the silver screen was True Romance. This crime-laced romance wasn’t all mushy or lovey-dubby, it was gritty and hard-edged. Tarantino was just establishing his voice, but you can still smell his traditional spices from a mile away. The script reaks of Tarantino-isms. Fans will be delighted with…

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19 thoughts on “CINEMA REMEMBERED: True Romance and The CALL GIRL WITH A HEART Moment

      1. I had to think about some of the movies I like just to tell you: “Leaving Normal” (1992- Christine Lahti, Meg Tilly). “Box of Moon Light” (1996- John Turturro, Sam Rockwell). “Pieces of April” (2003- Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt).
        I think all of them have some kind of road trip, of course! but mostly, I could identify with the story and the characters. 🙂
        Did you see any of them?

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      1. Right on, #writeon – I can’t wait to read your review. I hope you like it. True Romance is one of those hidden gems that “slip through” the cracks 😉 It’s well worth digging for this treasure though.

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    1. You make a really good point there. I wonder if this movie was too aggressive at the time? Or if the studio didn’t market it towards Oscar voters? That’s a whole different discussion though 😉 You’re right, Arquette definitely deserved more acclaim for this performance.


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