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Set in Los Angeles two days before the end of 1999, Strange Days introduces us to Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), an ex-cop turned sleazy hustler who hawks the newest underground thrill on the black market: a "squid," a headpiece that allows one to transmit digital recordings of other people's thoughts, feelings, and memories into their brain; as Lenny describes it, "this is real life, pure and uncut, straight from the cerebral cortex." Lenny deals "clips" (the software) as well as "squids" (the hardware) for this new and illegal entertainment system, and while sex and violence are the most popular themes, Lenny refuses to deal in "blackjack" -- slang for snuff clips. Lenny is nursing a broken heart after his girlfriend, punk singer Faith Justin (Juliette Lewis), left him, and he spends a lot of time with clips he recorded when they were together. Faith is now involved with Philo Grant (Michael Wincott), a music business tycoon who once managed Jeriko One (Glenn Plummer), a hip-hop musician and political activist whose murder has sent L.A. into a state of chaos. When a clip emerges that shows that Jeriko was killed by L.A. police officers, Lenny finds his life in danger, and he tries to escape possible death on both sides of the law with the help of his friend Mace Mason (Angela Bassett). Strange Days was written by James Cameron in collaboration with former film critic Jay Cocks; Kathryn Bigelow directed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Ralph Fiennes
as Lenny Nero
Angela Bassett
as Lornette "Mace" Mason
Juliette Lewis
as Faith Justin
Tom Sizemore
as Max Peltier
Michael Wincott
as Philo Gant
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Burton Steckler
William Fichtner
as Dwayne Engleman
James Acheson
as Cop in Bathroom
Richard Edson
as Tick
John Francis
as Death
Brigitte Bako
as Iris
Nicole Hilbig
as Stoned Girl's Lover
Todd Graff
as Tex Arcana
Josef Sommer
as Palmer Strickland
David Packer
as Lane
Ted Haler
as Tow Truck Driver
Stefan Arngrim
as Skinner
Nicky Katt
as Joey Corto
Glenn Plummer
as Jeriko One
Malcolm Norrington
as Replay
David Carrera
as Duncan
Chris Douridas
as Talk Radio Host
Agustin Rodriguez
as Eduardo
Joe Urla
as Keith
Paolo Tocha
as Spaz Diaz
Art Chudabala
as Thai Restaurant Owner
Kelly Hu
as Anchor Woman
Jim Ishida
as Mr. Fumitsu
Maurice Marshall
as African Dancer


Kathryn Bigelow
James Cameron
Steven Charles Jaffe
James Cameron
Philip Pfeiffer
Matthew Leonetti
Graeme Revell
Graeme Revell
Composer (Music Score)
Jeff Wexler
Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Rydstrom
Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard E. Smith
Lilly Kilvert
Production Designer
John Warnke
Art Director
Ira Shuman
Lawrence Kasanoff
Executive Producer
Rae Sanchini
Executive Producer
Kara Lindstrom
Set Designer
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
David Ronne
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Danton
First Assistant Director
Rick Pagano