True Romance (1993) Poster



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Remake of 

My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
The screenplay for "My Best Friend's Birthday" was rewritten and remade as "True Romance." Both films share the same story.


His Girl Friday (1940)
Drexl's line "That makes us practically related" is taken from this film.
Casablanca (1942)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick and Floyd's apartment.
Knock on Any Door (1949)
Nick Romano says, "Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse." Clarence says that same line a few times when referring to Elvis and his movies.
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick & Floyd's apartment.
Highway 301 (1950)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick & Floyd's apartment.
Fear and Desire (1953)
Mentioned by title when Clarence is talking to Lee on the phone.
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Clarence mentions this film during his "I'd fuck Elvis" speech.
Rio Bravo (1959)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
The Misfits (1961)
Alabama paraphrases Clark Gable's character when she says "that's the way it goes, but don't forget, it goes the other way too."
Palm Springs Weekend (1963)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick and Floyd's apartment.
Act One (1963)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick and Floyd's apartment.
My Blood Runs Cold (1965)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick & Floyd's apartment.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The film's title is used repeatedly as a code name for the large cocaine stash, in reference to the film's epic length.
Batman: The Movie (1966)
Riddle me this Batman
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
When Dick mentions his 'T.J. Hooker' audition, Clarence asks "Did you meet Captain Kirk?"
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
A poster of this film is seen on the wall of Dick & Floyd's apartment.
Bullitt (1968)
Clarence says "We now return to "Bullitt," already in progress." as he speeds off in his cadillac.
Performance (1970)
The confrontation between Gary Oldman and Christian Slater made the same way as the confrontation between Mick Jagger and James Fox
The Partridge Family (1970) (TV Series)
"The Partridge Family" is briefly mentioned between Clarence & Alabama.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Clarence's line "Beer's about all I ever eat" is taken from 'The Last Picture Show'.
Women in Cages (1971)
Alabama's name is taken from the name of Pam Grier's character in this film. In the script, Clarence says Alabama's name "sounds like a Pam Grier movie".
The Getaway (1972)
The Mack (1973)
Is the film Drexl has on when Clarence confronts him.
Badlands (1973)
Alabama's opening voiceover is inspired by dialogue from 'Badlands', as well as the "lovers-on-the-lam" story as a whole. Hans Zimmer's score is an homage to Carl Orff's Badlands score.
The Street Fighter (1974)
Is one of the kung-fu triple bill movies Clarence goes to see.
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
Is one of the kung-fu triple bill movies Clarence goes to see.
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Drexl calls Clarence Charles Bronson from "Mr. Majestyk".
Sister Street Fighter (1974)
Is one of the kung-fu triple bill movies Clarence goes to see.
Taxi Driver (1976)
A mafioso quotes the "You talkin' to me?" monologue.
The Gauntlet (1977)
Alabama pounds on Clarence's chest, screaming "don't you die on me" after he is shot by a cop, the same as Gus to Ben in "The Gauntlet"
Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)
The whole hotel room drug deal/shoot-out is inspired by 'Who'll Stop the Rain?"
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
Mad Max (1979)
Mentioned in Clarence's "That's a Movie" speech.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Mentioned as rivaling "Coming Home in a Body Bag" as the best Vietnam movie by Clarence when he's talking to Lee.
T.J. Hooker (1982) (TV Series)
Is the show Dick Ritchie is auditioning for a part in.
Rumble Fish (1983)
In both films Dennis Hopper's character tells his son "You're just like your mother!"
Vamp (1986)
"Hello Babbbbbbby!"
Blue Velvet (1986)
A line is said in True Romance ("No thanks? What does that mean?") that is meant to reference Blue Velvet. The actor that says that line in this film (Dennis Hopper) is also in True Romance.
Platoon (1986)
Batman (1989)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Drexl uses the phrase, "from a diddled-eyed Joe to a damned if I know" which was also used by the Mr. Orange's mentor in Reservoir Dogs (1992), also written by Quentin Tarantino.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992) (TV Series)
Riddle me this Batman

Referenced in 

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Fabienne says, "Any time of day is a good time for pie." Alabama also says this in True Romance, also written by Quentin Tarantino.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
A spiritual companion film; both of them developed from the same story.
Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino (1994) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned during interview.
Hunting List (1994)
Mimics the gunplay
Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV Movie)
Video case is shown.
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Ordell's line 'A pot to piss in or a window to throw it out." is first heard in 'True Romance'.
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Enemy of the State (1998)
The ending involves a climactic shootout between the law and the mafia, with the protagonist caught in between, just as featured in "True Romance", also directed by Tony Scott and also featuring Tom Sizemore, as a mobster instead of an FBI agent
Kai Rabe gegen die Vatikankiller (1998)
The bar Krüger takes Maria to is called "True Romance".
Random Acts of Violence (1999)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Human Traffic (1999)
A poster is visible in Jip's bedroom.
6ixtynin9 (1999)
The plot is similar to the one in True Romance, where Clarence finds cocaine and gangsters try to get it back
High Fidelity (2000)
Mongoland (2001)
Film is mentioned in conversation.
Lammbock (2001)
Stefan talks about sucking the dick of Memet Scholl. He says if he should ever suck a dick, it should be the dick of Scholl. This is a reference to the first scene in True Romance, where Clarence says, if he ever fucked a man, it should have been Elvis.
Zoolander (2001)
El Rey ha muerto (2001) (Short)
Dialogue with comedian
Shooters (2002)
The character Charlie is a rip-off of Gary Oldman's character Drexl from True Romance; the appearence is the same, including the scar, and some of the lines are very similar as well.
Pulp Fiction: The Facts (2002) (Video)
Jackie Brown: How It Went Down (2002) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
The Bride wear's Clarence's gold Elvis glasses.
Walkentalk (2003) (Short)
Chris introduces himself with the Vincent Coccotti speedh
Grace and the Storm (2004)
A few allusions to True Romance: both films are love stories centered around drug deals. Both films feature a scene in which one character holds another at gunpoint and tries to "bluff" him into revealing his loyalty. Grace and the Storm even uses a line of dialogue from True Romance in the same context, when Rich asks Pipe, "how much you got?" Pipe replies "enough to get you high."
Starkweather (2004)
Based on Charles Starkweather
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Big Boss loses his eye in a very similar fashion to Clarence. Both have to wear an eyepatch from that point on.
Wolf Creek (2005)
The scene where Liz threatens Mick with a tiny Swiss Army knife is taken directly from True Romance
Girls in Love: True Romance (2005) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
'Reservoir Dogs' Revisited (2005) (TV Special)
It is mentioned that before "Reservoir Dogs" was made, Tarantino sold his screenplay for "True Romance".
Smoking Kills (2005) (Short)
Using the same kind of sunglasses as Clarence Worley
Domino (2005)
Domino sits on a ratty, abandoned couch at magic hour, as Clarence and Alabama did in Tony Scott's earlier film.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Climatic scene involving Patricia Arquette is referenced in a brutal fight scene.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.230 (2006) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "The Brethren" category
The Departed (2006)
Quote from Jack Nicholson appeared from that movie
Planet Terror (2007)
Line: "I bet you thought that was pretty funny?", also said by the character played by Tarantino.
Good Eats: Stew Romance (2007) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Llamando a un ángel (2008)
Romance, road and trip elements.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Writer Judd Apatow cites Brad Pitt's character in TR as the inspiration for PE's basic story. 'Kevin Corrigan' is in both films.
Little Mosque on the Prairie: True Bro-mance (2009) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Southland: See the Woman (2009) (TV Episode)
C Tomas Howell's character can be heard talking to Tom Sizemore's character about a fictional movie he calls "Body Bags". A reference to the fictional movie "Coming Home in a Body Bag" in True Romance (which Sizemore also appeared in).
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
According to Tarantino, Donny Donowitz is the father of film producer Lee Donowitz.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Shrek Forever After/Survival of the Dead/Holy Rollers (2010) (TV Episode)
A Current.com user says Christian Slater is the best drug dealer in movies
Psych: We'd Like to Thank the Academy (2010) (TV Episode)
During the shootout at the grocery store, Shawn remarks to Gus that "this is the end of 'True Romance.'"
Detention (2011)
Sander is a Steven Seagal fan and Clapton is a Patrick Swayze fan much like Clarence is an Elvis fan. In a time of need, a silhouette of the characters' beloved actors appear behind them as a mentor. Also some musical cues are reminiscent of the theme from True Romance.
Chillerama (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Workaholics: True Dromance (2012) (TV Episode)
Pun in title
Hit and Run (2012)
The white villain's dreadlocks. Marimba-esque riffs in the score echoing the main theme from the earlier movie.
The Burn with Jeff Ross: Jimmy Kimmel/Jim Norton/Bobby Lee/Mary Lynn Rajskub (2012) (TV Episode)
Jeff mentions Tony Scott as director of film
Bara någonting (2013) (Short)
Dialog is referenced
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
The Mexican standoff in the Wrap Up mission resembles a scene from this film
Christmas Cruelty! (2013)
Homage to Tony Scott.
Honeymoon Hotel (2013) (Short)
The Wallpaper and The Outfits are based on True Romance, the directors favorite movie of all time.
Instant Mom: True Romance (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Tosh.0: Misses Every Layup (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
VHS shown
She's Funny That Way (2014)
Quentin Tarantino (who wrote True Romance) appears at the end as Izzy's new boyfriend, taking her to a Sonny Chiba triple feature. True Romance's protagonist meets his wife (also a prostitute) in the movie this way.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 16 October 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Michael Rapaport says its among his favorite movies he acted in
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Patricia Arquette.
Geeks Who Drink: Retta vs. Robert Buckley (2015) (TV Episode)
listed as a Christopher Walken film
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: The Sadist (2015) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name.
Film 2017: Episode #44.10 (2015) (TV Episode)
Claudia Winkleman introduces a clip from this movie and mentions its upcoming re-release
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Christian Slater/Retta/Sam Hunt/Matt Sorum (2016) (TV Episode)
Christian Slater discusses his earlier movie, a recent public script reading, and the movie's fans
Uncle: Dinner, I Hardly Knew Her (2017) (TV Episode)
Andy mentions the movie.
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Taylor Sloane and Wyatt Russell's characters are dressed as Clarence and Alabama in one of her Instagram posts.
Honest Trailers: The Santa Claus (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 20 December 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Richard.
Barry: Chapter One: Make Your Mark (2018) (TV Episode)
Dialogue from the film is used in the acting class.
Take the Tower: Episode #1.3 (2018) (TV Episode)
Title referenced in one of the questions.
Euphoria: The Next Episode (2019) (TV Episode)
Cassie's Halloween costume is based on the character Alabama from this film.


The Mack (1973)
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
It's actually "The Return of the Street Fighter" that Clarence Worley is watching in the movie theater. Clips from the first film were used in a flashback sequence in the sequel, and we see the lead up to and the flashback from "Return of the Street Fighter," meaning that clips from both "The Street Fighter" and "Return of the Street Fighter" can be seen in the theater sequence of "True Romance."
Santa Barbara (1984) (TV Series)
Freejack (1992)
Stay Tuned (1992)

Featured in 

At the Movies: True Romance/The Ballad of Little Jo/Kalifornia/The Joy Luck Club/The Real McCoy (1993) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the review. Thumbs down from Siskel; thumbs up from Ebert.
Chris Isaak: Two Hearts (1993) (Video)
clips shown
The Making of 'True Romance' (1993) (Video)
Clips, snippets of interviews and behind-the-scenes
John Waite: In Dreams (1993) (Video)
features clips from the film
At the Movies: Only You/Second Best/Pulp Fiction (1994) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
At the Movies: Pulp Faction: The Tarantino Generation (1995) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
La noche de...: Drácula de Bram Stoker (1995) (TV Episode)
clips shown
At the Movies: Get Shorty/Now and Then/Mallrats (1995) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Zomergasten: Episode #12.2 (1999) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
True Romance: Behind the Scenes (2002) (Video)
Clips, snippets of interviews and behind-the-scenes
I Love the '90s: Part Deux (2005) (TV Series)
Footage from this is featured.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Star Trek/Rudo y Cursi/Next Day Air (2009) (TV Episode)
Trusting the people you deal drugs with
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Shutter Island/The Ghost Writer/Happy Tears (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip of a screenplay cliche
The Hooker with a Heart of Gold (2010)
Shown in opening "hooker movie" montage,
WatchMojo: Top 10 Gary Oldman Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Drexl Spivey is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Christopher Walken Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Don Vincenzo Coccotti is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Scenes (2013) (TV Episode)
The Sicilian Scene is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters (2013) (TV Episode)
Drexl Spivey is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Overkills (2013) (TV Episode)
Interrogation is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Drug Dealers (2013) (TV Episode)
Drexl Spivey is #4.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
WatchMojo: Top 10 Brutal Movie Beatings (2014) (TV Episode)
The scene where Virgil beats up Alabama is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Serious Movie Interrogation Scenes (2014) (TV Episode)
Sicilian Slander is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Mexican Standoffs in Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Put It Down! gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Mob Movie Characters (2014) (TV Episode)
Vincenzo Coccotti is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Fights in Bathrooms (2014) (TV Episode)
Alabama Whitman vs. Virgil is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Druggies (2015) (TV Episode)
Floyd gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Hilarious Movie Roommates (2015) (TV Episode)
Floyd is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Headshots in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Clifford Worley is #9.
Film 2017: Episode #44.10 (2015) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Male Vs Female Fights in Film (2015) (TV Episode)
Virgil vs. Alabama Whitman is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 "In Their Head" Characters in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Elvis Presley gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Crazy Cocaine Movie Scenes (2016) (TV Episode)
Just Put It in Your Pants gets an honorable mention.
MsMojo: Top 10 Kickass Female Fight Scenes in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Alabama vs. Virgil gets an honorable mention.
MsMojo: Top 10 Female Quentin Tarantino Characters (2017) (TV Episode)
Alabama Whitman is #6.
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Movie Shootouts (2017) (TV Episode)
Final Firefight is #8.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 20 December 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Universes That You Didn't Know Were Linked (2018) (TV Episode)
The Quentin Tarantino Cinematic Universe is #3.
Ballers: No Small Talk (2018) (TV Episode)
It is being played in the theater.
MsMojo: Top 10 Lovers-on-the-Run Movie Couples (2018) (TV Episode)
Clarence Worley & Alabama Whitman are #4.
The IMDb Show: Take 5 With Jessica Szohr (2019) (TV Episode)
extract of the film
The IMDb Show: Take 5 With Emma Greenwell (2019) (TV Episode)
extract of the film
MsMojo: Top 10 Villainous Movie Couples (2019) (TV Episode)
Clarence & Alabama get a dishonorable mention.

Spoofed in 

3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
A pair of police officers on the trail of the 2 lovers on the run with stolen cocaine/stolen money, with some Elvis Presley impersonation along the way.
The Mangler 2 (2002) (Video)
A character at the school does an impression of Christopher Walken's lines about getting hit in the nose causing the eyes to water.
Aachi & Ssipak (2006)
During the scene where Aachi and Ssipak and Jimmy are attacked by both the diaper gang and the swat team, the gang and the swat team are incidnetly plotted against one another like in the climactic ending of True Romance.
The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #1.1 (2008) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in "Walken's Crisps"
The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #1.3 (2008) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in "Walken's Crisps"
Takers (2010)
The gunfight in the hotel room looks the same as the end in True Romance.

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