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Strays (1997)

R | | Drama | 18 January 1997 (USA)
A macho cruiser comes of age. Frustrated by the repetitious grind of one night stands and aimless hustling, study drug dealer Rick is looking for meaning and intimacy in his life. Like his ... See full summary »

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Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Rick
Joey Dedio ... Fred
T.K. Kirkland T.K. Kirkland ... Rodney
Mike Epps ... Mike
F. Valentino Morales ... Tony
Suzanne Lanza Suzanne Lanza ... Heather
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Keith
Mihaela Kolich Mihaela Kolich ... Danielle (as Mihaela Tudorof)
Eugene Osborne Smith Eugene Osborne Smith ... Willie
Temple Brooks Temple Brooks ... Amy
Loni Sabrina Stuart Loni Sabrina Stuart ... Nicole
DeAngela Parrish DeAngela Parrish ... Suzanne
Marko Kalfa Marko Kalfa ... Chris
Joey Iovino Joey Iovino ... Kenny
Louis Albert Von Steidl Louis Albert Von Steidl ... Jerry Saperstein
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Storyline

A macho cruiser comes of age. Frustrated by the repetitious grind of one night stands and aimless hustling, study drug dealer Rick is looking for meaning and intimacy in his life. Like his testosterone-tweaked buddies, Rick is a "stray" # lacking a traditional family structure and wrestling subconsciously with the psychological bruises inflicted by his father's absence. Shielding any vulnerability under the toughened cloak of detachment, Rich has administered his life with deliberate effort to avoid reliance on anyone or anything. But things are about to change. When Rick meets Heather, a corn-fed walking talking "girl next door," he suddenly perceives a new avenue and an opportunity for an open, committed relationship. Though the chemistry between the couple is immediately charged, Rick's street cheek and volatile aggression flare, threatening to extinguish their relationship before it begins. Trying to assimilate into Heather's world, Rick takes heat from his perpetually adolescent ... Written by Rebecca Yeldham

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Instinto Assassino See more »

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One Race Productions See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The role of Caparzo in Saving Private Ryan (1998) was written just for Vin Diesel after director Steven Spielberg saw Diesel's independent film Strays (1997), which was also his directorial, writing, producing and lead acting debut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Heather: Are you alright?
Rick: Are your parents still together?
Heather: Yeah, why?
Rick: My mother used to see this guy, Frank. He's was an illustrator, not that he had done anything. But he used to bring me these books, children's books, as gifts. He eventually uh, left my mom - most of them did. Anyway, he bought me this, this one book, and it was the only book that I begged my mom to read to me. It was called Ferdinand, Ferdinand the Bull. And he wrote on the inside, To a very special kid. And then, Life's...
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On the DVD release, the end credits feature an MMVII (2007) copyright date, which reflects the date the DVD was published. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Come To You
Written by Shani Rigsbee
Performed by Shani Rigsbee
Publishing by Cherokee Charm Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Cherokee Music Group
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Excellent Film
6 June 2008 | by chirality-1See all my reviews

Strays is brutally honest and... beautifully executed. It uses harsh words and harsher actions to portray a lifestyle that is real and not sugar coated for the audience. It does not apologize for this but instead asks us to understand the truth being portrayed. A war without blood would not be accurate. These lives without the brutal language would be false and would strip the movie of its commitment to honesty.

The acting, directing, and writing in this movie was done with absolute attention to detail. I deeply enjoyed this movie. It was fresh and new and at times so real and raw I felt like a voyeur. Rick's life unfolds before us and we are taken along on a journey through his emotional awakening. Gracefully it allows us to experience the lives of its characters without judgment.

This in turn gives us the freedom to feel and grow along with them. It evokes emotion and dialogue and is in my opinion a great work of art.


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