Though he may never admit to it, the premise of the film can be interpreted as being semi-autobiographical of Tarantino’s life. The film’s main character, Clarence (Christian Slater), is a nerdy dude who works in a comic book shop and loves martial arts movies. At this point, Tarantino was a film geek, working in a video store, who loved Sonny Chiba probably more than life itself. Clarence, an Elvis Presley lover, comes from humble beginnings but dreams of getting rich selling drugs in Hollywood. Tarantino, an “Elvis Man” (as Mr. White would put it), came from humble beginnings and dreamed of getting rich in Hollywood making movies, which could be deemed the “drug” that keeps him alive. I mean come on, the dude has seen every movie imaginable and still craves more. If the connections aren’t clear, you might want to pop your contacts in and read again.
All in all, True Romance is a compelling crime film and a cult classic that won’t soon be forgotten. So, if you haven’t seen it, or it’s been too long since you checked in with Clarence and Alabama, celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary by kicking back on the couch, and tagging along for the road trip of a lifetime.
By: Quinten Sansosti
Quinten is currently a junior majoring in Political Science with an Arts of the Moving Image certificate. His favorite filmmakers include Quentin Tarantino, Denis Villeneuve, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.