Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
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>
Keith David worked with Larenz Tate's (Anthony Curtis) brother Lahmard Tate on Barber Shop (2002). See more »
When Jose blows up the armored car with the ordinance, the back of the truck raises up in the air and falls back down on top of a heavy metal pole revealing that the pole is what caused the armored car to jump up into the air when it shot out of the bottom of the truck and not the explosion. See more »
Everyone in this town knows I've only got one leg. And that motherfucker grabbed the wrong one.
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Criterion laserdisc version includes additional scenes originally deleted before the theatrical release. See more »
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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