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Strange Days (1995)

A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.

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Kathryn Bigelow

Writers:

James Cameron (story), James Cameron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Lenny Nero
Angela Bassett ... Lornette 'Mace' Mason
Juliette Lewis ... Faith Justin
Tom Sizemore ... Max Peltier
Michael Wincott ... Philo Gant
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Burton Steckler
Glenn Plummer ... Jeriko One
Brigitte Bako ... Iris
Richard Edson ... Tick
William Fichtner ... Dwayne Engelman
Josef Sommer ... Palmer Strickland
Joe Urla ... Keith
Nicky Katt ... Joey Corto
Michael Jace ... Wade Beemer
Louise LeCavalier ... Cindy 'Vita' Minh
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Storyline

In 1999, Los Angeles is racial war zone with the army and LSPD and SWAT officers fighting Afro-American people. The former cop Lenny Nero is a dealer of illegal recording in CDs that gives the memories and sensations of the recorder to the user. He buys the recordings from the supplier Tick; he misses his former mistress Faith, who was a hooker and now is a singer; his best friend is the private eye Max Peltier and the limousine driver Lornette 'Mace' Mason, who has unrequited love for him. Two days before the turn of the century, the black rapper Jeriko One is murdered. The hooker Iris seeks Lenny out but there is an incident and they do not talk to each other. However she drops a recording into Lenny's car while he unsuccessfully tries to meet Faith at a night-club. However her boyfriend Philo Gant does not let them talk. When Lenny learns that Iris was sadistically raped and killed, he gets involved in a sick scheme and discovers dirty hidden secrets. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense disturbing violence, sexuality and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Days 1999 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,919,000
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Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The single biggest challenge facing Matthew F. Leonetti and his crew, was discreetly lighting a seven-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard, so that both sides of the street could be filmed simultaneously with several different incidents going on. See more »

Goofs

When Faith's handcuffs are supposedly being removed, it's clearly visible that she isn't cuffed anymore and that she just kept her hands close to the bed frame, while the unknown person pretends fumbling with the cuffs that are not there. He then picks them up from somewhere behind the bed frame so that it looks as if he just removed the handcuffs from her wrists. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tick:
  • you ready?

Lenny Nero: Yeah, boot it.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits end with the dedication "To Gertrude". See more »

Alternate Versions

Finnish video version is cut by 1 minute 45 seconds. See more »

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Rebuke
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Probably one of the best big-budget sci-fi films to never reach a big audience. Written and produced by James Cameron and expertly directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this film is more noir than actual sci-fi - although the sci-fi elements are important. With a great cast and an amazing atmosphere throughout, this is one not to miss for fans of thrillers, film noir, sci-fi and especially the subgenre knwon as cyberbunk. 8 stars out of 10.

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