Now, "Reservior Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" are amongst my favorites as well but Tarantino's 1993 film "True Romance" takes you completely by surprise. It was a completely different take on the kind of movies audiences were accustomed to - it's daring ...edgy! Our first taste of Tarantino's potential, his style - original and growing still.
Several, now famous, Hollywood celebrities are in this film. The unknowns back then gained notice by their performance & today are stars. Christian Slater plays the lead character "Clarence" he's just a regular guy working in a comic book store. One night he meets the love of his life, "Alabama" (Patricia Arquette), a hooker who falls for him as well (if only all guys were this uncomplicated). He decides to go to her pimp to collect her belongings & tell him that she's out of the business. Needless to say things go bad, Clarence kills the pimp etc. on his way out he not only picks up the wrong bag, filled with cocaine, but drops his i.d.
The race is on to get to Hollywood, hook up w/ Clarence's friend, unload the drugs to some Hollywood producer his friend "Dick" knows, grab the cash, escape the mob & live happily ever after.
Oh yeah, the mob...the boss is Christopher Walken who finds and confronts Clarence's Dad - Dennis Hopper. One of the most memorable scenes you'll ever see! James Gandolfini (yeah Tony Soprano) is the hit man after the couple. He and Alabama have another memorable scene.
Did I mention Clarence has visions of Elvis Presley - they have several conversations which influence Clarence's behavior throughout. Elvis, played by Val Kilmer! What a blast!
They finally get to Hollywood, meet up w/ Dick & go off to their meeting. The mobsters get to Dick's apartment and find only his stoner roomate who is so high he has no idea the danger he's in...Brad Pitt. He was hysterical!
Ok, I've gone on long enough. If you haven't seen this movie, do so. It's early Tarantino providing interesting characters for young up & coming actors as well as well established ones. In hindsight you really get a taste of the Tarantino yet to come!