True Romance (1993)
“I had to come all the way from the highway and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to Motor City, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And til this day, the events that followed all still seems like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and things seemed to be getting so shitty. And he’d say, “that’s the way it goes, but don’t forget, it goes the other way too.” That’s the way romance is… Usually, that’s the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too.” ~ Alabama
One of my all-time favorite love stories is the unconventional true romance of Clarence and Alabama. This is a love fraught with danger, with violence, with confrontation, and with an undercurrent of deep devotion and connection that withstands everything in the end. These two are flawed individuals with often terrible luck who have a by-chance meeting (not necessarily a “meet cute”, though one might argue) that leads to a whirlwind love that although fast paced seems believable and just as real as they seem. This is a love on the run and love on the road kind of love story, and it is a love against all odds that I have a big, gaping soft spot for. I love this film. I love Alabama and Clarence. I love the music and the pacing and the storytelling and the acting and the love story within.
Graceland :: Charlie Sexton
Alabama is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. I love her spirit, her style, her sense of self, her persistence, the fight in her, and I love the way she loves. She is beautifully flawed and has a heart as big as the world, and is not afraid to say I love you, or to love.
“I love you” scene
Beginning and end monoglogues from Alabama on life, love and she and Clarence
Phone Booth scene
You’re So Cool :: Hans Zimmer
Wounded Bird :: Charles and Eddie