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>
Though not specifically stated, Curtis, Cleon and Skip belonged to a unit in the 1st Marine Recon Battalion. This is confirmed late in the movie when Cleon is seen wearing a patch with the 1st Marine Recon Battalion insignia on it. See more »
A 1973-1975 Ford F-350 Utility Truck can be seen in the background of the Spring 1969 scenes. See more »
Everyone in this town knows I've only got one leg. And that motherfucker grabbed the wrong one.
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Gripping, poignant story about a young black man growing up in the 1960's Bronx whose parents groom him to follow in the footsteps of his college-bound 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 is a real surprise as his drug-addicted pal. Not for all tastes, but well-crafted and well-made. ***
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