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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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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Jogada See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Vernon, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,200,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Larenz Tate & Chris Tucker's characters are hail from The Bronx and end up fighting in the Vietnam war. In Apocalypse Now (1979) Laurence Fishburne's character was also from The Bronx, there's even an Apocalypse Now moment as the sun is shinning behind a flying chopper. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Larenz is playing pool with Cowboy, Larenz is leaning on the table and cowboy yells at him to get off the table, there is a large white sheet of Cardboard laying in the middle of the table. When the shot changes angle to the view from the distance the sheet is gone. This sheet of cardboard would make it very hard to play a game of pool. 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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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 »

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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
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Déja-Vu Festival
4 March 2006 | by nihaoSee all my reviews

This movie jumps from one movie-cliché to another. Even a half-hearted movie buff can't avoid wincing at the amount of 'déja-vu' moments the Hughes Bros. chuck at you... There's Scorsese 'moments' galore (even DeNiro film-debut re-makes), and ideas from Lynch's "Wild at Heart" are randomly (and stupidly) used here and there. Oliver Stone is ransacked in the Vietnam sequences, as is Coppola (in sloppy "Apocalypse Now" re-creations). In fact all is told in such a heavy-handed,un-intelligent way, that the viewer is 'turned off' pretty quickly. No one likes to be treated like a moron, least of all a movie-buff... So who was this movie made for? Audiences who have never seen the seminal movies of the last 25 years? Oh! It was a surprise to see the excellent Martin Sheen in the un-billed role of a heartless war-vet judge. At least he managed to avoid being hit by a flying chair. I sat through this and wished I had avoided this graceless BOMB!


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