Strange Days

October 13th, 1995


Strange Days

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

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.1/10 (33,372 voted)

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis

Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millenium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates and is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape. Will he survive and solve the case?

Writers: James Cameron, James Cameron

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

Taglines: An extreme taste of reality.

Release Date: 13 October 1995

Filming Locations: Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $42,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $7,919,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Because so many 360-degree POV shots were used, the lights had to be either hung overhead, or cleverly disguised, so as not to be picked up by the roving cameras.

Continuity: Lenny's cell phone switches sides while he is driving.

[first lines]
Tick: - you ready?
Lenny Nero: Yeah, boot it.

User Review

Mindblowing experience and the best millennium movie of them all

Rating: 10/10

When I first saw "Point break" I thought that Kathryn Bigelow made the only action masterpiece of her career but there she was only four years later with a magnificent story written by James Cameron and an unforgettable classic called "Strange days". Ralph Fiennes has never been as cool as he was when the guy played Lenny Nero and Juliette Lewis was almost too sexy to be true. The whole movie is a remarkable experience. I saw it couple of days after the turning of 2000 and I was totally stunned because I expected a silly little b-scifi flick. What I got was a powerful first rate mystery thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole bloody time. I just recently watched it again and was afraid that the movie would let me down when I've seen it once but on the contrary, like wine this one only got better with age. What a shame "Strange days" never got the recognition it obviously deserves. This is a cult movie, at best, but the fact that it doesn't have a placing in the IMDb top 250 is a huge injustice. Definitely the best of all millennium movies. 10/10


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