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Dead Presidents (1995)

A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.

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Cast

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Alvaleta Guess ...
Mrs. Benson
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Mr. Curtis
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Cutty
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Marisol
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Cowboy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Ryan Williams ...
Young Revolutionary
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Nicky
Rodney Winfield ...
Mr. Warren
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Storyline

This action film, directed by the Hughes brothers, depicts a heist of old bills, retired from circulation and destined by the government to be "money to burn." However, more broadly, it addresses the issues of Black Americans' involvement in the Vietnam War and their subsequent disillusionment with progress in social issues and civil rights back home in the United States, during the 1960's. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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They'll risk everything for the ultimate score. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, language, a sex scene and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alta Jogada  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$24,200,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Even though it was written after In Too Deep, Dead Presidents was sold before his first script, In Too Deep, was sold. See more »

Goofs

The last American combat marine units left Vietnam in July 1971 as a part of the American withdrawal of troops. Curtis only went home to the Bronx in 1973 after roughly 4 years of service. If Curtis remained in the marines after July 1971, as depicted in the movie, it wasn't as an active combat marine in Vietnam. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Curtis: Ya'll may think I'm crazy but I just want to do something that's different
Skip: Well, gettin' your fuckin' head blown off is different, HAHA. Hey man, turn that shit down and slow this mother fucker down, ain't nobody in a hurry to get to school!
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Connections

Referenced in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Watch What Happens
Written by Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand & Jacques Demy
Performed by Andy Williams
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement With Sony Music Licensing
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delivers big for the right fans
14 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Gripping, poignant story about a young black man growing up in the 1960s Bronx whose parents groom him to follow in the footsteps of his college grad older brother. He has his own plans however, and enlists in the Marine Corps where he survives four years of brutal warfare in Vietnam. He returns home to try and make a new life for himself, but a struggling economy and lack of formal education gradually draw him into a life of crime. An effective portrayal of black involvement in Vietnam, with good performances, powerful scenes, and shockingly graphic violence. Tate is commanding in the lead, and Tucker a real surprise as his drug-addicted pal. Not for all tastes, but well-crafted and well-made. ***


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