MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 868 this week

Dead Presidents (1995)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  4 October 1995 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 12,731 users  
Reviews: 78 user | 38 critic

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.

Directors:

(as The Hughes Brothers) , (as The Hughes Brothers)

Writers:

(story), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 24 Jul 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 16 Aug 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Dead Presidents" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dead Presidents (1995)

Dead Presidents (1995) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dead Presidents.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
Panther I (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A dramatized account of the story of The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker
American Pimp (1999)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant, pimping in various U.S. cities, bringing a woman into their group, taking a ... See full summary »

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Too $hort, John S. Dickson, Antonio Fargas
House Party 3 (1994)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Come to a new House Party, where Kid, after a lifetime 'playing the field', falls in love and is about to get married. 'Play' plans to throw the rockin'est bachelor party ever - until '... See full summary »

Director: Eric Meza
Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, David Edwards
Money Talks (1997)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Chris Tucker, Heather Locklear
Juice (1992)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

"Juice" is about 4 inner-city teens who get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as 'the juice'.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
New Jack City (1991)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne
South Central (1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson
Stars: Byron Minns, Glenn Plummer, Lexie Bigham
Friday (1995)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do. Encounters with neighbors and other friends... See full summary »

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long
Fresh (1994)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Michael (or Fresh as he's well known) is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded housing project with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum, but still meets with... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson
Short | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Albert Hughes
Stars: James Vincent Meredith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Alvaleta Guess ...
Mrs. Benson
...
Mr. Curtis
...
Mrs. Curtis
...
Cutty
...
Marisol
...
Cowboy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Ryan Williams ...
Young Revolutionary
...
Nicky
Rodney Winfield ...
Mr. Warren
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

vietnam | vietnam war | money | 1960s | heist | See more »

Taglines:

In this daring heist, the only color that counts is green See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alta Jogada  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$24,200,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

All Police Officers depicted in this movie are from the fictional 53rd Precinct. This Precinct was also used in the television series Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) and Baretta (1975). See more »

Goofs

The armored car that was blown up in the 1973 scenes was an International Harvester "S- series" Medium Duty Conventional truck. So was the prison bus in 1974. International Harvester Company did not manufacture these types of trucks until 1978. See more »

Quotes

Skip: I'd rather be home with a fucked-up hand up in some pussy than to be out here healthier than a motherfucker without it... Shit
See more »


Soundtracks

If There's Hell Below
Written and Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Curtom Classics, Inc.
By Arrangement With Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Harrowing follow-up from the Hughes Brothers
4 November 2000 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I thought I had seen one of the most intense horror films ever when I saw the Hughes Brothers' debut "Menace II Society" (yes, I do mean 'horror' in the figurative sense). Then I saw "Dead Presidents," and I saw they took it up a notch. This film is set in Harlem in the mid 60's, a young man named Anthony Curtis, who's unsure of what to do with this life after high school and is not really interested in the usual route of college. He decides to enlist in the Marine Corps and no doubt ends up in Vietnam, in a special armed forces unit. Although he makes it out alive unscratched after four years of service, he returns home to find himself, his Marine buddies and their families - including his own new growing family - ravaged physically, emotionally, psychologically and economically by the war. When things seem to really go bleak, Anthony and his friends decide to rob an armored bank truck to get themselves back on track.

"Dead Presidents" confirms the suspicions that were aroused by "Menace" that the Hughes Brothers are without question going to become master filmmakers. There is an obvious graduation in their skills here, look at the brilliant way they segue into Vietnam by showing Anthony hop over backyard fences with dogs barking in the background that suddenly fade into shotgun blasts and officer commands, then with one pass over another fence Anthony is suddenly is Vietnam blasting his shotgun. Be warned, the Vietnam sequence in the film contains the most grotesque war scenes ever filmed (much more brief in length than "Saving Private Ryan" but just as intense).

Larenz Tate gives a strong performance as a man with a do-good heart but a warped mind that's been tarnished by war. Keith David is also skilled as Kirby, the neighborhood elder who serves as Anthony's mentor. N'Bushe Wright is miscast as a Black militant activist who entices Anthony towards the heist, she's a really bad actress and the Hughes Brothers were smart for cutting her screen time. "Dead Presidents" speaks volume about Black Americans' involvement in Vietnam and the consequences they suffered for doing so. Not a happy film, but an honest and skillful one.


10 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why do so many people hate on this movie?? heatheringly
Cleon Rageius
Licking/Sucking his fingers! NickyCee
Juanita was an annoying bitch! g8140
DeNiro In Taxi Cab gxgraham
Dinner scene? mccainda
Discuss Dead Presidents (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?