5.4/10
532
12 user 5 critic

American Strays (1996)

Trailer
2:23 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

The desert can be a lonely place for the people who live there or for those who are traveling through. It is also the teller of different stories including the story of a traveling salesman... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Scorchers (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Bayou La Teche, Louisiana sizzles as the Cajun town celebrates the wedding of Splendid and Dolan. The trouble comes on the wedding night when Splendid is determined to maintain her ... See full summary »

Director: David Beaird
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Denholm Elliott, James Earl Jones
Inside Out (1986)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An agoraphobic must give up his sheltered life and venture outside after a series of personal and financial problems.

Director: Robert Taicher
Stars: Elliott Gould, Howard Hesseman, Jennifer Tilly
Dirt (2001)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When the mother of Junior and his younger brother Scooter, twenty-something, dies, they realize they need a woman around the house, since they haven't a clue how to cook or keep house. ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Covert, Tracy Fraim
Stars: Tracy Fraim, Michael Covert, Tara Chocol
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Madsen plays an assassin who's hired to kill the woman he loves.

Director: David Wyles
Stars: Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tilly, Gary Busey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A mixed group of individuals - lesbian, gays, and heterosexuals who all frequent a local bar struggle to accept each others lifestyles. However when the two gays are attacked and fight back... See full summary »

Director: P.J. Castellaneta
Stars: Mitchell Anderson, Jennifer Tilly, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson
Bird of Prey (1995)
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

As a boy, Dominik watched an American crime boss murder his father, a police officer fighting corruption in Sofia, Bulgaria. Years later, he attempts to avenge his father's death but is ... See full summary »

Director: Temístocles López
Stars: Lenny von Dohlen, Boyan Milushev, Jennifer Tilly
Double Cross (Video 1994)
Thriller | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A chance encounter with a blonde in a sports car causes a man to give chase in his souped up mustang and culminates in a car crash and a sexual encounter. The blonde asks that he sign that ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Keusch
Stars: Patrick Bergin, Jennifer Tilly, Kelly Preston
Hoods (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Angelo, together with a group of five other people, is ordered by his father, an Italian mobster, to kill the son of an enemy of his, who has destroyed one of his buildings with a bomb. The... See full summary »

Director: Mark Malone
Stars: Vincent Berry, Jay Brazeau, Craig Bruhnanski
Edie & Pen (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two women meet in Vegas where they came to get a divorce. There they also meet a man whose wife just left him. They go to a bar for a drink and a talk. Turns out they have a common acquaintance - one of their exes.

Director: Matthew Irmas
Stars: Stockard Channing, Jennifer Tilly, Scott Glenn
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A troubled 17-year-old struggles to adjust to life after rehab.

Director: Tanya Wexler
Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Jennifer Tilly, David Strathairn
Goosed (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Jennifer Tilly plays a woman who's told by her psychic that the man of her dreams is a doctor named Steve. Guess who the doctor is?

Director: Aleta Chappelle
Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Danielle Harris, Joan Rivers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two adolescent children of wealthy parents deal with the emotional travails of spoiled youth by indulging in self destructive behaviour including but not limited to drugs, parties and teen ... See full summary »

Director: Jordan Alan
Stars: Tim Owen, Luke Perry, Estee Chandler
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Jessica Perelman ...
Toni Kalem ...
...
...
Anthony Lee ...
Stephanie Cushna ...
...
Exterminator (as Sam Jones)
Edit

Storyline

The desert can be a lonely place for the people who live there or for those who are traveling through. It is also the teller of different stories including the story of a traveling salesman whose only commodity is death and the story of a young man who finds that the death that he wishes for is difficult to find. Others are just traveling through, on their way to another place when they stop to eat at Red's Desert Oasis. The food may not be great, and the waitress may be surly, but those who stopped at Red's will find that they are involved in the showdown of their life. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Love 'em or Kill 'em.

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

América Selvagem  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in BlackMale (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Stranglehold
Written & Performed by Ted Nugent
Courtesy of Epic Records
by arrangment with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The grave implications of an anthem
19 January 2003 | by (Malmo, Sweden) – See all my reviews

One of the characters in the movie points out the violence present in the Star Spangled Banner, claiming that it has fostered Americans to a life of violence. He says that it would have been much better if America the Beautiful would have been the US anthem.

Indeed, the lyrics of the song are filled of war rhetoric. Actually, the French equivalent, La Marseillaise, is just as brutal - at least. I guess that it goes for a number of anthems, since they often emerged from a nationalist crescendo, which is usually related to a war of some sort. All in all, nations as such have a history of war, closely linked to their formation. Hey, that's pretty true about civilization. It's a mystery how this species has survived.

Anyway, in American Strays, we follow a few fragments of human lives, and how they connect, purely by chance, leading to a grand finale in the spirit of said anthems. It's a sinister perspective on Americans, but also partly a beautiful one. Yes, there is beauty in the midst of gun smoke and brutality

  • fragile beauty, but isn't that the very nature of beauty? When strong, it


loses its shine.

The film is refined in how it follows some human fates, at the point of their catharsis, and does so without judging, without staying at stereotypes. It is satire, certainly, but done with a heart and with intelligence - and curiosity, too. The characters have several dimensions, far from being simple caricatures, and what happens to them is foreseeable, but still not the most obvious way out.

Yes, I'm impressed by this little study of human nature. Although the persons depicted are odd creatures, in rare circumstances, something general is being stated about man, about society, about the very torment for each of us in trying to find fulfillment. And that's the same, whatever the nation or its anthem.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pulp Fiction wannabe pierrychan
that Texas song H_Heathkit
Discuss American Strays (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page