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Dead Presidents (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 October 1995 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Alvaleta Guess ...
Mrs. Benson
Mr. Curtis
Cowboy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Ryan Williams ...
Young Revolutionary
Larry McCoy ...
Rodney Winfield ...
Mr. Warren


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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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$24,200,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


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A strong movie about life for a black man after the Vietnam war
19 June 2001 | by (Fredrikstad,Norway) – See all my reviews

For all those who liked the movie "Menace 2 Society",you are going to love this one. This movie features the star from Menace to Society "Larenz Tate" and the well known "Chris Tucker". This is a very violent movie and have a few very gory scenes of the Vietnam war,but that is okay because this movie really shows how difficult it must have been for a black man growing up in the Bronx in the 60's.And it shows how life is for him and his friends after coming home from the Vietnam war. The language in this movie is of course very tough and rough and I could actually count the f-word 247 times in this movie and that speaks for it's self.

This is an extremely well made movie that really shows the reality of how hard the world can be for some people.

I advice everybody to go out and pick up this movie, because it is a story that you got to hear.

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