The UV Ballad of Clarence and Alabama

The Ballad of Clarence and AlabamaI’m feeling drawn to revisit a classic of the ultra-violent film genre. Can you recognize it by the character names? Clarence, Alabama, Elliot, Lee, Boris, Floyd, Dick Ritchie, Big Don, Drexl Spivey, Vincenzo Coccotti and Blue Lou Boyle? Leaving off the leading roles, the cast included Michael Rapaport, Bronson Pinchot, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Tom Sizemore, Christopher Walken, Samuel Jackson, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, and Val Kilmer as Elvis. According to IMDB, an excised scene even featured Jack Black. Apparently the word “fuck” or its derivatives is spoken 225 times. Quentin Tarantino sold the screenplay to finance RESERVOIR DOGS. I didn’t know half the original script was jettisoned to become NBK, and the preamble was borrowed from BADLANDS.

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