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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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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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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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Rated R for strong language, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »
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18 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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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 »

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[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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References Taxi Driver (1976) 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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If Woody Allen Would Be Macho
12 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Strays' is breakout film for Vin Diesel - after years struggling as an actor going from audition to audition and still not getting any parts, Vin Diesel wrote, directed and starred in his own movie that finally gave him a role in Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan' and from there the star was in the making. Although Vin Diesel is best known for portraying one dimensional meat heads and action heroes he has later shown that he got some more acting chops in such films like 'Find My Guilty' or 'Boiler Room', but 'Strays' was were it all started. Don't expect anything on Woody Allen level, but here Vin showing off his acting skills, and his directing skills is not very off. Although 'Strays' starts bit slow, it manages to build up interest in first half an hour (too long, some might say), but we are still left with an hour and ten minutes worth well paced story with characters we start to care about enough to stick to the end.

Vin Diesel followed one other muscular Hollywood legend's path and wrote his own starring role. Vin's effort never reached far in popularity and it never become classic, but with that little film he managed to create another example how one can build his own success.

This film also left me guessing what kind of Vin Diesel the world would know if he would kept directing (he obviously had some talent for that) and writing, rather than going on to play in all those silly triple X and Fast and Furious movies.


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