Strays (1997 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Vin Diesel
Written by Vin Diesel
Produced by Gordon Bijelonic
Vin Diesel
T.J. Mancini
Jean Claude Nedelic
Robert Panaro
John Sale
Stephen Schmidt
Jill Silverthorne
George Zakk
Robert Bigelow
Starring Vin Diesel
Suzanne Lanza
Joey Dedio
F. Valentino Morales
Mike Epps
T.K. Kirkland
Darnell Williams
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Music by Julius Robinson
Distributed by First Look International
Release date
  • January 18, 1997 (1997-01-18)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10,000

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


Frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling, 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 unconsciously with his own father's absence. He sells small amounts of marijuana to cover the expenses of his own use but insists that he is not doing it for a living.

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 threaten to extinguish their relationship before it has ever begun.


  • Vin Diesel as Rick
  • Suzanne Lanza as Heather
  • Joey Dedio as Fred
  • F. Valentino Morales as Tony
  • Mike Epps as Mike
  • T.K. Kirkland as Rodney
  • Darnell Williams as Keith
  • Mihaela Tudorof as Danielle
  • Eugene Osborne Smith as Willie
  • Temple Brooks as Amy
  • Loni Sabrina Stuart as Nicole
  • Deangela Parrish as Suzanne
  • Marko Kalfa as Chris
  • Joey Iovino as Kenny
  • Louis Albert von Steidl as Jerry Saperstein
  • Sean M. Silverstein as Timothy (voice)
  • Helen M. Mitchell as Bookstore Clerk
  • Freddie Pendavis as Arthur
  • Denise Carrasco as Tanya
  • Taquana Harris as Melba
  • Marlo Morales as Kiki
  • Rudy "Rush" McCallum as Sevon

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