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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Company Credits

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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

When Cutty stands over Anthony and holds a pistol to his head, the hammer isn't cocked. Cutty had just drawn the semi-automatic pistol from beneath his jacket and racked the slide on his way down the stairs to confront Anthony, so the pistol's hammer should have been cocked at this point. 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 »


Soundtracks

What's Happening Brother
Written by Marvin Gaye & James Nyx
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement With Polygram Special Markets
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User Reviews

delivers big for the right fans
14 September 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Gripping, poignant story about a young black man growing up in the 1960s Bronx whose parents groom him to follow in the footsteps of his college grad older brother. He has his own plans however, and enlists in the Marine Corps where he survives four years of brutal warfare in Vietnam. He returns home to try and make a new life for himself, but a struggling economy and lack of formal education gradually draw him into a life of crime. An effective portrayal of black involvement in Vietnam, with good performances, powerful scenes, and shockingly graphic violence. Tate is commanding in the lead, and Tucker a real surprise as his drug-addicted pal. Not for all tastes, but well-crafted and well-made. ***


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