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DVD cover of Strapped.jpg
Genre Crime
Distributed by HBO Films
Directed by Forest Whitaker
Produced by Nellie Nugiel
Written by Dena Kleiman
Starring Bokeem Woodbine
Chi Ali
William James Stiggers, Jr.
Michael Biehn
Angela Jones
Music by Joe Romano
Cinematography Larry Banks
Editing by Glenn Morgan
Country United States
Language English
Original channel HBO
Release date August 21, 1993
Running time 104 minutes

Strapped is a 1993 television crime-thriller/drama produced by HBO Films. The film, which was directed by Forest Whitaker, was the cinematic debut of Bokeem Woodbine. It features several rappers including Fredro Starr, Busta Rhymes, and Kool Moe Dee.[1]


A young ex-con, played by Woodbine, attempts to turn his life around and start legitimate work. However, his girlfriend gets in legal trouble and the police force him into a complicated undercover operation that involves selling guns on the street while selling information to the police.

The film's title refers to the urban slang for carrying a gun.


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  1. ^ Bernard Weinraub (1993-08-17). "Switching To a New Camera Angle". The New York Times. 

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