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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.

Directors:

Albert Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers), Allen Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers)

Writers:

Allen Hughes (story), Albert Hughes (story) | 3 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larenz Tate ... Anthony Curtis
Keith David ... Kirby
Chris Tucker ... Skip
Freddy Rodríguez ... Jose
Rose Jackson ... Juanita Benson
N'Bushe Wright ... Delilah Benson
Alvaleta Guess Alvaleta Guess ... Mrs. Benson
James Pickens Jr. ... Mr. Curtis
Jenifer Lewis ... Mrs. Curtis
Clifton Powell ... Cutty
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Marisol
Terrence Howard ... Cowboy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Ryan Williams Ryan Williams ... Young Revolutionary
Larry McCoy Larry McCoy ... Nicky
Rodney Winfield 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chris Tucker and Clifton Powell would appear together three years later in Rush Hour (1998). See more »

Goofs

The guards never put the money in the back of the truck, it was left on the loading dock, so blowing up the truck was not required and the money should not have come flying out of it when it exploded. See more »

Quotes

[Cleon blasts a Viet Cong in the head, killing him]
Cleon: Now you're good, now Jesus loves you.
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Alternate Versions

Criterion Laserdisc also famously had a rather graphic unrated version of the armored car robbery scene near the end, apparently the original version nearly got the movie the NC-17 and it was cut down. See more »

Connections

References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Smiling Faces Sometimes
Written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Performed by The Undisputed Truth
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement With Polygram Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
Great Movie
9 May 2004 | by gator1110See all my reviews

This was a great movie, and I think it was overlooked. It is one my favorites due to the unique storytelling and action. This movie is way better than 90% of the crap that comes out today. The acting is also superb, and I think it Chris Tucker's greatest performance. Even though the story has a lot of action, it's very believable, which is hard to do in Hollywood. For those who haven't seen this movie I suggest you go and rent it now, it's a modern day classic. Sit back and be prepared to watch a great moment in filmaking. It's definitely underrated. I think if it was promoted better it might have done better, especially since most war movies do well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Presidents See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Vernon, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,943,778, 8 October 1995

Gross USA:

$24,147,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,147,179
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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