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

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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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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Isaiah Washington (Andrew Curtis), Michael Imperioli (D'ambrosio) & Sticky Fingaz (Martin) all worked together on the Spike Lee film Clockers (1995) See more »

Goofs

The armored car that was blown up in the 1973 scenes was an International Harvester "S- series" Medium Duty Conventional truck. So was the prison bus in 1974. International Harvester Company did not manufacture these types of trucks until 1978. See more »

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Skip: I'd rather be home with a fucked-up hand up in some pussy than to be out here healthier than a motherfucker without it... Shit
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Down In The Valley
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Great movie
8 March 2005 | by Johnny0581See 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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