Strange Days, 1995

Director

Kathryn Bigelow

Cast

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Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 South Figueroa Street, downtown (tel: 213.624.1000)

Stay at: the Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Boulevard at Kings Road, West Hollywood (tel: 323.654.7100)


Trivia

See the Westin Bonaventure in Wolfgang Petersen’s In The Line of Fire, with Clint Eastwood, Nick of Time, with Johnny Depp, Barry Levinson’s Rain Man, James Cameron's True Lies and as the ‘Atlanta’ record office in This Is Spinal Tap.

Strange Days location: Westin Bonaventure Hotel, South Figueroa Street, downtown Los Angeles

Strange Days location: the Millennium Eve party: Westin Bonaventure Hotel, South Figueroa Street, downtown Los Angeles

Kathryn Bigelow’s dark techno-thriller harks from back in the days when when Millennium Eve was a scary date way in the future.

Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes, cast brilliantly against type) is a scuzzy wheeler-dealer peddling virtual reality experiences around a nightmarishly benighted, riot-ridden Los Angeles.

The vast Millennium party clogs the street in front of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, South Figueroa Street, downtown. The landmark building was a major location for Wolfgang Petersen’s In The Line of Fire, with Clint Eastwood, and the John Badham real-time thriller Nick of Time, with Johnny Depp, and was also featured in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man, James Cameron's True Lies and as the ‘Atlanta’ record office in This Is Spinal Tap.

Strange Days location: the Sunset Tower Hotel, Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Strange Days location: Lenny meets Mr Fumitso: the Sunset Tower Hotel, Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Lenny meets VIP client Mr Fumitso at, what was then, the St James Club. This striking zigzag moderne highrise, towering over Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, seems to change its name with every season. After several years as the Argyle, it's now the Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.

Built in 1931, this luxury block once housed Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Howard Hughes and the Gabor sisters. Legend has it, John Wayne kept a cow on the balcony. Whatever, it was recently restored, and can be seen in movies as diverse as Robert Altman's The Player, Barry Sonnenfeld’s Get Shorty, the 2003 remake of The Italian Job, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s A.W.O.L. and the 1944 Farewell My Lovely.




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