Tony Scott Memorial: TRUE ROMANCE

Director Tony Scott
Year 1993
Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, and Samuel L. Jackson
Rating R
Run Time 120min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Late Sunday evening, August 19th, we at the Alamo Drafthouse learned along with the rest of the world that famed Hollywood director Tony Scott committed suicide by jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles. As shocking as the news was sudden, we knew that we had to react immediately in paying tribute to the life and career of a man who over the course of more than twenty films, made a serious impact on the way Hollywood films are shot and constructed. "9-Camera Tony" was the playful, if truthful, term of endearment by which he was known and the frenetic pacing and comprehensive shot coverage of his films dutifully earns him the name. In light of Scott's recent and tragic passing, we present one of our true favorites.

TRUE ROMANCE (1993) is at its heart exactly what the title promises: a story of pure, simple, honest, and ultimately true, love. Add to this an all-star cast featuring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer (as The King!), Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, and Samuel L. Jackson, to name only a few, and you have one of the most memorable and iconic films that ever came out of the 1990s. Consider this also as a pre-PULP FICTION Quentin Tarantino-penned screenplay, and finally adding director Tony Scott to the helm, you have what may be the most representative cross-section of cinema talent of its decade. One never tires of the master craftsmanship at work in this film.

Clarence (Christian Slater) meets Alabama (Patricia Arquette) seemingly by chance at a late-night Sonny Chiba triple-feature. It feels like fate, but Alabama is a prostitute sent by Clarence's boss to entertain him for the evening. Despite the set-up, Alabama and Clarence feel something for each other, something beyond the cold, businesslike exchange of her body for his money. Something, for lack of a better word, real. The two fall in love, get married, and set out a dangerous adventure to liberate Alabama from her lowdown, dirty pimp named Drexl (Gary Oldman). When a suitcase filled with cocaine falls into their possession, everything kicks into high gear and the adventure, for better or worse, truly begins.

We proudly present this screening of TRUE ROMANCE (1993) in tribute to the legendary Hollywood director Tony Scott, 1944 - 2012. (Sam Prime)

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