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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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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
Larry McCoy ...
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 »


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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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Martin Sheen, who makes a cameo appearance as "The Judge" in Dead Presidents, would be in his son Emilio Estevez's feature film The Way (2010), also casted by Mary Vernieu, 15 years later as a protagonist. 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

Skip: I was born by the pussy, I'll die by the pussy.
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Soundtracks

Once Upon A Time
Written by Dave Hamilton, William Stevenson, Barney Ales & Clarence Paul
Performed by Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement With Polygram Special Markets
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Great movie
8 March 2005 | by (Washington Heights, NY) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. Everyone in it did an excellent job and it was very gripping. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Larenz Tate, in his best role ever, plays Anthony Curtis, a young black man from late 1960's The Bronx, who is just a regular guy who hangs out with his friends played by Chris Tucker also in his best role ever as Skip, and Freddy Rodriguez as Jose. Shortly after graduation from high school, Anthony decides he doesn't want to follow his big brother's path of going to college but instead, joining the Marine Corps and fight for his country. Shortly thereafter, we are taken to Vietnam with the boys and we meet some other interesting characters, one of them a psychotic preacher, Cleon, played by Bokeem Woodbine,and the Vietnam sequences are executed very realistically and are very bloody. After a while, we are taken back to the boogie down Bronx, where Anthony upon returning to the old neighborhood after four years,realizes that things are even worse than before, and everyone, including his pre-Vietnam girlfriend, Juanita, all have taken their lives in a different direction. Anthony is now a father, and cannot find a job anywhere and realizes that his own country has turned his back on him and many young black veterans from 'Nam, including his old boys Skip and Jose. We also meet Kirby, played by Keith David, a once cold and ruthless hustler, who has now left the life because the corruption of the city has forced him to quit his old habits, and Juanita's sister Delilah, played by N'Bushe Wright, who is an activist with the Black Panthers. Pretty soon all of these characters, save Juanita, fed up with their lives and their situation, get together to plan a stickup on an armored truck that is making a pickup of old dollar bills and is taking them to a location in Washington to burn them. The stickup sequence is very well made, but of course, bloody. This movie is filled with great performances, the best coming from Larenz Tate, Bokeem Woodbine and Keith David, heart-pounding action and good dialogue. A Hughes Brothers' classic. 9.5 out of 10.


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