Strays (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Vin Diesel
Produced by Robert Bigelow
Gordon Bijelonic
Vin Diesel
T.J. Mancini
Jean Claude Nedelic
Robert Panaro
John Sale
Stephen Schmidt
Jill Silverthorne
George Zakk
Written by Vin Diesel
Starring Vin Diesel
Suzanne Lanza
Joey Dedio
F. Valentino Morales
Mike Epps
T.K. Kirkland
Darnell Williams
Music by Julius Robinson
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Distributed by First Look International
Revolver Entertainment (UK)
Release dates
United States:
January 18, 1997
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Strays is a 1997 American drama film directed, written, produced by and starring Vin Diesel, which follows a drug dealer and hustler who is fed up with the repetitive life style he leads and begins looking for meaning in his life. This film marked Diesel's feature film directing debut and takes a hard look at Diesel's own adolescence and upbringing in New York City.


Frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling, drug dealer Rick (Vin Diesel) is looking for meaning in his life. Like his testosterone-tweaked buddies, Rick is a stray looking for a traditional family structure and wrestling subconsciously with his own father's absence.

When he meets Heather (Suzanne Lanza), the girl next door, he suddenly perceives a new avenue and an opportunity for a new, committed relationship. Trying to assimilate into Heather's world, Rick takes heat from his perpetually adolescent cohorts whose ambitions are restricted to riding fast, toking slow, and ditching hard. Though the chemistry between the couple is immediately charged, Rick's street chic and volatile aggression threatens to extinguish their relationship before it has ever begun.


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