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Strapped (1993)

Ex-con attempting to go straight runs accross serious problems. His girlfriend gets arrested for dealing crack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt to get the charges ... See full summary »


Forest Whitaker


Dena Kleiman
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
William James Stiggers Jr. William James Stiggers Jr. ... Chucky (as Willie James Stiggers Jr.)
Chi Ali Chi Ali ... Pharoah
Bokeem Woodbine ... Diquan Mitchell
Starletta DuPois ... Diquan's Mother
Mike Farley Mike Farley ... Cop
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd ... Man in Hallway (as Hugh L. Hurd)
Anthony Lozama Anthony Lozama ... Young Boy in Hallway
David Robinson David Robinson ... Boy at Mortuary Truck
Mary Hedahl Mary Hedahl ... Secretary
Kia Goodwin Kia Goodwin ... Latisha Jordan (as Kia Joy Goodwin)
Marcella Lowery ... Fast Food Customer
Joseph Gimpel Joseph Gimpel ... Fast Food Manager
Jermaine Hopkins ... Lay Lay (as Jermaine Hopkins bka 'Huggy')
Nzingha Nzingha ... Aunt Viola
Fredro Starr ... Bamboo (as Fredro)


Ex-con attempting to go straight runs accross serious problems. His girlfriend gets arrested for dealing crack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt to get the charges dropped against his woman, he strikes deal with weapons cop(Michael Biehn) to turn in local gun dealers. How ever, the D.A. is not satisfied with the results, resulting in some serious game playing and double crossing. Written by Humberto Amador

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On These Streets You Take Life One Bullet At A Time.


Action | Drama


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Did You Know?


Even before this movie was completed, word began to spread that Forest Whitaker was highly talented as a director; he received more than a dozen directing offers, both from big studios and independent companies. Whitaker finally set on "The Number Four," which was going to be produced by Tri-Star. The project, about the hijacking of a Los Angeles bus filled with a cross-section of residents, began casting around the same time this movie was released, but it remained unproduced. See more »


When Daquan & Yvonne are at the dinner table, in close shots they are sitting next to each other. In wide shots they are sitting across from one another. See more »


Matthew McRea: Diquan, you don't have to do this.
Diquan Mitchell: Man, what do you know about it? You don't live in my world. My grandma cleans your apartment.
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I Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Written and Performed by Kenn Whitaker
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A great urban movie
16 November 1998 | by films-2See all my reviews

This is an absolutley great film. Forest Whiteka has excelled himself with a great detailed account of the lives of young black youths struggling through poverty to survive. The director of photography has chosen some brilliant urban backdrops to set the picture alive, almost as if you're a third person view within the film. The story is compelling and well structured, sure it's been done before, but it's the way it has been done that makes this movie so interesting to watch. Has some classic elements of other films such as The Warriors in places, but this only adds to the surreal effect being created here by Forest!

It also has some of the most shocking scenes from the 1993 era. A definite must see for urban-gangsta fans everywhere. Bokeem displays an amazing performance.

Why it wasn't a video release seems beyond me.

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21 August 1993 (USA) See more »

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