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

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

A 1973-1975 Ford F-350 Utility Truck can be seen in the background of the Spring 1969 scenes. See more »

Quotes

Delilah Benson: [Delilah saying to Anthony after he returns from the war] It's not your fault you've been brainwashed by America.
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Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Down In The Valley
Written by Solomon Burke & Bert Berns (as Bertrand Berns)
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement With Warner Special Products
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Tries to do too much
5 July 2004 | by (Olney, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Dead Presidents is an okay movie. Not bad, not great. Okay. I give it a B-.

I give Dead Presidents high marks for casting and acting. Larenz Tate, Chris Tucker, and the rest did a fabulous job. I also like the war scenes--very gripping, very scary.

The problem that I have with the movie is that it spans too many genres and as a result, just seems to drag on and on. The tag line would make you believe that this is a cops and robbers film centered around a major heist. But that is terribly misleading. The heist doesn't happen and isn't even an issue until late in the film. Up to that point you could consider this a life in the ghetto movie, trying to escape the ghetto movie, a Viet Nam war movie, a what life was like for blacks in the late 60's early 70's movie, a what the Viet Nam war did to those who survived it movie, so on and so on. By the time it came around for the big robbery, I was wondering when this movie would end. This problem of too grand a scope keeps the movie from getting an A.


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