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Strange Days (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  13 October 1995 (USA)
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A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a police conspiracy in 1999 Los Angeles.



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


Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates and is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape. Will he survive and solve the case? Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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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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Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días extraños  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)


$7,919,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Cameron did extensive editing work, especially on the final action sequences, but he could not be credited because he was not in the editors union. He joined before making Titanic (1997) and is credited as an editor on that film. See more »


In the Iris POV shot in the train yards, the steadicam operators shadow can be seen just beyond the chain link fence. 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 »


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Written by Tricky
Performed by Tricky
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
Includes elements of "Moonchild"
Written by Siobhan Fahey (as S. Fahey) & Marcella Detroit (as M. Detroit)
Performed by Shakespear's Sister
Courtesy of London Records
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Mindblowing experience and the best millennium movie of them all
26 May 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

When I first saw "Point break" I thought that Kathryn Bigelow made the only action masterpiece of her career but there she was only four years later with a magnificent story written by James Cameron and an unforgettable classic called "Strange days". Ralph Fiennes has never been as cool as he was when the guy played Lenny Nero and Juliette Lewis was almost too sexy to be true. The whole movie is a remarkable experience. I saw it couple of days after the turning of 2000 and I was totally stunned because I expected a silly little b-scifi flick. What I got was a powerful first rate mystery thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole bloody time. I just recently watched it again and was afraid that the movie would let me down when I've seen it once but on the contrary, like wine this one only got better with age. What a shame "Strange days" never got the recognition it obviously deserves. This is a cult movie, at best, but the fact that it doesn't have a placing in the IMDb top 250 is a huge injustice. Definitely the best of all millennium movies. 10/10

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