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American Strays

3.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A masochist, a despondent family man, a salesman/serial killer and others cross paths in an isolated desert community.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Luke Perry, Jennifer Tilly, Eric Roberts
  • Directors: Michael Covert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Full length, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZBHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Strays" on IMDb

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This is a really terrific movie.It's somewhat of a sleeper having never really gained the respect it deserves.It is a multi layered ultimately 'Good News' story with subtle humour and great acting performances.I think for sure someone should have been nominated for academy award for this 'underground cult classic'. It sure beats the likes of Jerry Maguire and American Beauty. I enjoyed this movie more than any other.My tastes run to LA Confidential..Pulp Fiction...Red Rock West..Cat Ballou..Clint Eastwood... Cameron Diaz...so if you enjoy any of those... you'll love American Strays.
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I read the reviews on [this site] and was surprised they were mixed. "American Strays" is only for offbeat viewers who have experienced the wierd side of life along with David Lynch and Robert Rodriguez. Don't take it serious but as an everyday dry humor flick. The bungling frustration of Eric Roberts and pseudo naievity of Jennifer Tilly make this a GREAT film for those who take life very lightly. I liked it enough to make the purchase.
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American Strays is a strange movie. You may find it hilarious, vulgar, in poor taste, should not have been produced, but just maybe you will find it as a movie not to be missed and purchaed for your collection. I loved this movie and have watched it at least fours times when I need some yuck yucks.
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AMERICAN STRAYS is a disjointed, sometimes frustrating movie, but it is outrageously funny at times, and the cast is superb. Sure, there are a lot of unanswered questions as to how these guys all end up in the same cafe; why and when did they do their respective crimes, etc., etc., and ultimately, why the suicide storyline is needed at all, since it doesn't tie in with the remaining storylines. But it has some unusual storylines, and as they all kind of mesh toward the end, we can see writer/director Michael Covert's assessment of violence and how easily it has become such a "normal" thing in our society. Luke Perry is the suicidal young man who hires the Exterminator (Flash Gordon's Sam Jones, still a strong force in this film) to help him commit suicide. Vaccum cleaner salesman John Savage (in one of his best performances) is scouring the desert looking for "lonely" people he can bump off under the pretense of selling his wares. He meets his match in the seductively flaky Jennifer Tilly (superb) as a lonely woman who bumps off traveling salesmen; James Russo and the late Joe Viterelli play a couple of hitmen who have a cop in their trunk and who argue about Viterelli's family lineage; Carol Kane plays the accented owner of the cafe who has little to do but as always does it well; Scott Plank and Melora Walters are bank robbers who are planning to get married since she is pregnant with his child; Anthony Lee and Vondo Sweet as two "bruthas" whose past we don't know a whole lot about, but it is Lee whose assessment of the Star Spangled Banner resonates in the final shootout; and finally, we have Eric Roberts and Toni Kalem as a married couple with two obnoxious children who are obviously moving to a new home since he has somehow lost his job and has no money.Read more ›
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I thought this movie was hilarious. I love the guy w/ the dolls: "Hey girls, brought you a new little sister. She's a little different, let's try to get along." Of course, offbeat dark humor is my thing.
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I've heard that American Strays is one of Tarantino's favorite movies. I can see why. It's a quirky movie, with quirky characters. The vacuum cleaner salesman is my favorite. Without calling a spoiler alert, the scene with him and Jennifer Tilly is a cinematic classic.
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I don`t understand why this is not a cult favorite. It reminds me of the Cohen Brothers and Tarantino. Not for squares.
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If you like Quentin Tarantino movies you'll love this as he states it's one of his all time favorites.

Short & sweet, do you like Luke Perry? Do you like Jennifer Tilly? Do you like Eric Roberts? How about John Savage, James Russo & Melora Waters? This may be the best freak desert picture around.

1 diner, 10 people with nothing in common culturally. Add stereotypes plus unique characters & mix with one similarity in personality. What's the vacuum salesman's problem & will the female homeowner solve it for him?

Everybody wants something & some people all want the same thing. You can get it here in the desert.
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