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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Engelman
Joey Corto
Wade Beemer
Louise LeCavalier ...
Cindy 'Vita' Minh


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


new year's eve 1999. anything is possible. nothing is forbidden. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Strange Days 1999  »


Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of LAPD Chief Strickland is based on real-life LAPD Chief Daryl Gates. See more »


When Lornette and Lenny are in her house and she has him pinned against the wall, you can hear her voice but her mouth is not moving. See more »


[first lines]
  • you ready?

Lenny Nero: Yeah, boot it.
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Crazy Credits

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


While the Earth Sleeps
Written by Eric Mouquet (as E. Mouquet), Michel Sanchez (as M. Sanchez),
Peter Gabriel (as P. Gabriel)
Performed by Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest
Courtesy of 550 Music/Epic Records
Peter Gabriel appears courtesy of: Real World Records, Geffen Records
for North America and Virgin Records for the rest of the world.
Includes sampled performances of:
"Shashvi Kakabi"
Performed by the Tsinandali Choir
Courtesy of Real World Records LTD.
"Dali Znaes Mila Majko"
Performed by Kate Petrova
Courtesy of Arion S.A.
"Ovgon Chuuvuu"
From the album "Mongolie musique vocale et instrumentale"
Courtesy of Coll. INEDIT/Maison des Cultures du Monde
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Engaging, but Uneven
3 July 2000 | by See 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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