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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

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

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Kathryn Bigelow found that no existing camera system could accomplish the shots necessary for the point-of-view sequences, so Lightstorm Entertainment's research division spent a full year designing and fabricating a special camera for the production. Weighing only 8 pounds, the 35mm camera literally fit in the palm of the hand and featured interchangeable lenses, remote follow focus, and video assist (necessary since the camera had no viewfinder). The camera was then mounted on a SteadiCam-style portable rig, which gave the camera stability and mobility similar to the human eye. See more »

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When Lenny is stabbed in the back by Max at the Bonaventure, the knife changes positions on Lenny's back more than once. See more »

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[first lines]
Tick:
  • you ready?

Lenny Nero: Yeah, boot it.
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The ending credits end with the dedication "To Gertrude". See more »

Alternate Versions

The older special edition laserdisc and DVD are the same. Both formats feature two deleted scenes and other extras. The solitary difference is that the laserdisc contains the Skunk Anansie music video for "Selling Jesus", which was not included on the US DVD release. The only DVD to feature the music video is the German special edition. See more »


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No White Clouds
Written by Morrylien Jenkins, Ngozi Inyama (as Ngozi L. Inyama), Tara Thierry
Performed by Strangefruit (as Strange Fruit)
Courtesy of Strange Fruit
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Engaging, but Uneven
3 July 2000 | by diffusionxSee all my reviews

Strange Days is an interesting film, with a great premise. It also happens to be well-executed, for the most part. The LA of the future (well, future back when it was released in 1995) is quite dystopian in nature, and Strange Days manages to present all facets of that using Taxi Driver-influenced car rides through the city while observing the chaos on the streets. In many ways, Strange Days manages to create a real-life and convincing future, and it feels like a true place, with things going on independently of the events in the movie, rather than feeling like a movie set.

Atmosphere aside, though, the movie has many strengths. The plot is intriguing, and it flows quite smoothly. A lot of the dialogue is really quite interesting and gives the movie a nice feel (not to mention the actors do a pretty good job with the material). The characters are three-dimension and interesting. While the beginning parts were somewhat disjointed (at least in terms of plot), they did serve as an excellent setup. When the movie was its best (during the middle parts) there is a frantic sense of urgency that really drives the picture along. It's a very entertaining movie, and it managed to form an emotional link with me - always a good sign.

Unfortunately, it kind of goes downhill after that. Strange Days ends up resorting to awfully cliche ideas, complete with plot elements seen a million times in movies before. All of this mars what could have been a real classic film. It's too bad that Cameron and Cocks had to resort back to this, since the movie has so many strengths and so many great things that it could have built on. While the movie is still above average, it just isn't as superb as it could have been. Nonetheless, Strange Days succeeds on many levels and is well worth watching.


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