Black SplatTrue Romance (1993)

"Sicilians were spawned by niggers."

True Romance - Dennis Hopper as Clifford Worley

Description: Dennis Hopper as Clifford Worley tells Sicilian gangster Vincenzo Cocotti (Christopher Walken) about his family heritage in the motion picture True Romance (1993).

Clifford Worley is an ex-cop turned security guard who lives in Detroit. His son, Clarence (Christian Slater), a Comic book store clerk and film buff, falls in love with a call-girl named Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette), marries her, and murders her pimp, Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman) when an apparition of Elvis Presley approves the kill. They then flees the scene of the crime inadvertently taking the pimp's half-million dollar stash of uncut cocaine, which he stole from mobsters.

Unfortunately, the mobsters want their cocaine back. Their first stop: Clifford Worley. Now Dad refuses to give up his son's location despite a savage beating. During the "interrogation" Vincenzo informs daddy, that Clarence "snatched my narcotics, hightailed it outta there. Woulda got away with it, but your son, fuckhead that he is, left his driver's license in a dead guy's hand." Finally, in an effort to get Clifford to tell him the truth, Vincenzo offers a bit of family history to his captive audience:

True Romance - Christopher Walken as mobster Vincenzo Cocotti

"Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I'm Sicilian. My father was the world heavy-weight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away. A guys got seventeen pantomimes. A woman's got twenty, but a guy's got seventeen... but, if you know them, like you know your own face, they beat lie detectors all to hell. Now, what we got here is a little game of show and tell. You don't wanna show me nothin', but you're tellin me everything. I know you know where they are, so tell me before I do some damage you won't walk away from."

Realizing that he is about to die, Clifford insults Vincenzo by denigrating the gangster's family roots:

“Sicilians were spawned by niggers. It’s a fact. See, Sicilians have black blood pumpin’ through their hearts. If you don’t believe me you can look it up. Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, you see, the Moors conquered Sicily. And the Moors are niggers. So you see, way back then, Sicilians were like wops from northern Italy. They all had blonde hair and blue eyes, but uh, well, then the Moors moved in there, and uh, they changed the whole country. They did so much fuckin’ with Sicilian women that they changed the whole bloodline forever. That’s why blonde hair and blue eyes became black hair and dark skin. You know, it’s absolutely amazing to me to think that to this day, hundreds of years later, that Sicilians still carry that nigger gene....Your ancestors are niggers. Uh-huh. Yeah, and your great-great-great-great grandmother fucked a nigger, yeah, and she had a half nigger kid...Now, if that’s a fact, tell me, am I lying? Cause you, you’re part eggplant.”

True Romance - Vincenzo Cocotti kills Clifford Worley

Of course, Vincenzo is not amused at Clifford's genealogical assessment, and so he teaches his own lesson by shooting Mr. Worley dead. After he kills the man, Vincenzo says,

"I haven't killed anybody since 1984. Goddamn his soul to burn for eternity in fucking hell for making me get my hands dirty. Go over to this comedian's son's apartment, come back with something that tells me where that asshole went, so I can wipe this egg off my face and finish this fucked-up family for good."

Meanwhile, Clarence and Alabama arrive in Hollywood, where Clarence tries to sell the cocaine to a producer, with the help of his old friend Dick Ritchie (Michael Rapaport), who is an aspiring actor.

A short time later, Virgil (James Gandolfini) one of Vincenzo's henchman, tracks down Alabama and offers his own theory on killing as he interrogates her to the whereabouts of Clarence and the cocaine:

True Romance - James Gandolfini as Virgil the hitman

"Now the first time you kill somebody, that's the hardest. I don't give a shit if you're fuckin' Wyatt Earp or Jack the Ripper. Remember that guy in Texas? The guy up in that fuckin' tower that killed all them people? I'll bet you green money that first little black dot he took a bead on, that was the bitch of the bunch. First one is tough, no fuckin' foolin'. The second one... the second one ain't no fuckin' Mardis Gras either, but it's better than the first one 'cause you still feel the same thing, y'know... except it's more diluted, y'know it's... it's better. I threw up on the first one, you believe that? Then the third one... the third one is easy, you level right off. It's no problem. Now... shit... now I do it just to watch their fuckin' expression change."

True Romance - Alabama kills Virgil

Alabama manages to kill Virgil with his own shotgun (firing multiple times) and meets with Clarence at the drug drop where they intend to sell the cocaine to film producer, Lee Donowitz (Saul Rubinek). But the drug deal goes wrong when the police and mobsters converge on the hotel and kill each other. Clarence, whose eye is injured by a bullet, flee the hotel with Alabama as more police enter the building.

In the end, Clarence and Alabama escape to Cancún, Mexico where they raise a son, whom they name Elvis.

Note: When Clarence killed Alabama's pimp, she saw it as an expression of love and commented the act was "so romantic."

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