American Strays

American Strays is a 1996 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Covert. It follows three interwoven stories of desert travelers as they converge on a small diner.

American Strays
American Strays DVD Cover.jpg
DVD cover for 2000 collector's edition release.
Directed byMichael Covert
Produced byFrank Agrama
Trudi Callon
Rod Dean
Kirk Hassig
Doug Textor
Written byMichael Covert
Music byJohn R. Graham
Release date
  • September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13)[1]
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,910 (US)[2]


Red's Desert Diner Oasis, a dive in the middle of nowhere, becomes the focal point of three separate storylines. In the first, Dwayne (Savage), a homicidal vacuum cleaner salesman, may have met his match in Patty Mae (Tilly), a woman with an impressive collection of sweepers. The second story follows Johnny (Perry), a suicidal man who hires a sadistic hitman (Jones) to end his life anyway possible which includes beating the ever loving crap out of him. The third story follows an unemployed man (Roberts) and his family, two mobsters (Viterelli and Russo), and others as they travel across the emptiness of the American Southwest.



American Strays was released to a single theater on September 13, 1996.[3] The film grossed $1,183 in its opening weekend and $1,910 in total during its theatrical release.[3]

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote in his review that the film "has the germ of a good idea" but concluded American Strays is "a spoof in search of a sense of humor".[4]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "American Strays (1996) - IMDb". Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
  2. ^ "American Strays (1996) - IMDb". Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
  3. ^ a b "American Strays - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  4. ^ "American Strays". 1996-09-13. Retrieved 2020-04-14.