|While the film is directed by Tony Scott it has Tarrantino's fingerprints all over it. Quentino's love affair for Mexican Standoffs is undoubtable as the film draws to it's climactic ending. Bronson Pinchot is a "friend of a friend" who knows a big director who wants to buy the coke. Everyone is a little paranoid but the deal begins to fall into place. Clarence and Alabama are oblivious to the fate that awaits them, but it's like a runaway train that reaches a speed in which nothing can stop it.|
|"You got me in a vendetta kind of mood. You tell the angels in heaven you never seen evil so singularly personified as you did in the face of the man who killed you"|
|Pinchot is busted carrying some of the coke which is pure and uncut, red flags go off. He is pressured to work with the cops in busting the deal by getting wired. Brad pitt has a brief role as Floyd, the stoner roomate of Clarence's friend Dick (michael rappaport). Even Samuel L. Jackson, who later starred in "Pulp Fiction", has a small bit role in the beginning. Val Kilmer is heard but never seen, as the subsconcious of Clarence who appears to him as Elvis. What would the King do?
There are 4 Crucial face-offs in the film.
1. Christian Slater and Gary oldman - confronting the Pimp
2. Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper - "so tell me, am I lying?"
3. Patricia Arquette and James Gandolfini - "where's the coke?"
4. Climactic Mexican standoff
What makes each scene stand out is not the action or the acting, but the dialogue. It's written well, and it works with this film. While Clarence and Alabama's love for eachother and desire to be super-cool seem super-cheesy at times, each actor in this film is perfect for their role and the soundtrack sets a feverish mood. I couldn't help but wonder what kind of film it would have been with Tarrantino at the helm. But this was before he had made a name for himself, I'm sure it certaintly would not have ended the way it did. It's not a film for your mama. True to the writer, it's chocked full of profanity, violence, shootouts, blood and sex.
Worth the purchase!