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Strange Days (1995)

A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.

Director:

Kathryn Bigelow

Writers:

James Cameron (story), James Cameron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lightstorm Entertainment See more »
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Dolby | SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At approximately 25 minutes in, when Lenny Ralph Fiennes meets Keith the Attorney, a drink is visible on the table that looks like a martini, but it has 3 pearl onions in the glass instead of an olive. It is called a Gibson, likely a reference to William Gibson, who is recognized as the godfather of cyberpunk fiction and coined the term 'cyberspace' in his 1984 novel Neuromancer. The SQUID technology in the film is very similar to the SImStims described in Neuromancer. See more »

Goofs

Lenny's cell phone switches sides while he is driving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tick:
  • you ready?

Lenny Nero: Yeah, boot it.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Finnish video version is cut by 1 minute 45 seconds. See more »

Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Your Gunn
Written by Daisy Berkowitz, Mr. Manson, Gidget Gein
Performed by Marilyn Manson
Courtesy of Nothing/Interscope Records
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User Reviews

 
Sizzling Sci-Fi/Action Thriller
15 October 1999 | by The_CoreSee all my reviews

"Strange Days" literally has something for everyone. Science fiction, violence, peace, romance, comedy, tragedy, action, you name it -- it's in this film, and it's done with class and intelligence. I agree that this one is destined to become a cult classic. However, be prepared for one of the edgiest, most violent and emotionally exhausting films you've ever seen (the first three minutes of the film make it very clear what you can expect from the rest). There are at least five climactic scenes toward the end, which must break some kind of record. After the movie's over, you may feel like you've just been cooked in a vat of boiling oil... but luckily, you'll be perfectly well-done, not burned to a crisp. 10/10.


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