On August 19th the world received shocking news that celebrated Hollywood director Tony Scott committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. While the story took us by surprise we realized right away that we had to pay tribute to the man who made a sizeable imprint in Hollywood. Over the course of his career Scott not only made great, entertaining, and challenging films he also implemented significant changes and subversions to the ways in which Hollywood films are shot, constructed, and devised. His films were paced with a mixture of kinetic energy and genuine emotion that felt honest and sidestepped sentimentality. We at the Alamo Drafthouse want to make sure his many accomplishments behind the camera will not be forgotten.
Maybe the best example of his defining and influential style is his 1993 film TRUE ROMANCE. We are proud to honor Mr. Scott’s legacy by having multiple 35mm screenings of this fun, bloody, intelligent, and strangely beautiful movie at the Ritz starting this Sunday. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette star as Clarence and Alabama who meet at a Sonny Chiba triple-feature. Little does he know that the luring Alabama is a prostitute sent by his boss to make sure Clarence has a memorable evening. The two quickly realize that, despite the circumstances, they have true feelings for one another and they decide to get married. Now Clarence must liberate Alabama from her coked-out, crazy pimp (Gary Oldman) before the two start their new life together. Things don’t exactly go as planned and, after they have a suitcase full of cocaine in their possession, the two set out on an adventure that could spell doom for the both of them or be the craziest honeymoon ever.
Boasting a who’s who of actors that includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper and Val Kilmer and a script penned by Quentin Tarantino, TRUE ROMANCE has all the great elements that define a Tony Scott film. Your heart will pound from the adrenaline-fueled action set pieces, your mouth will exude guffaws from the brilliantly dark comedy, and eventually you’ll find yourself rooting for true love without getting all sappy about it.
Tony Scott was a master at his craft and TRUE ROMANCE definitively shows a masterful touch throughout. So come show your love for Scott and see TRUE ROMANCE the best way possible, on the big screen at the Ritz. (R.J. LaForce)