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>
The film features five actors from Menace II Society (1993), the first feature film by the Hughes brothers. They are: Larenz Tate, Clifton Powell, James Pickens Jr., Ryan Williams and Clifton Collins Jr. Like Menace II Society, Dead Presidents credits Collins Jr. as "Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez." See more »
A 1973-1975 Ford F-350 Utility Truck can be seen in the background of the Spring 1969 scenes. See more »
[at the table, dividing up a huge stack of bills after the big score]
Man, one thing I can't figure out. People be out of work everywhere and the government just be throwing money away!
That's Uncle Sam for you, son. Money to burn.
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Criterion laserdisc version includes additional scenes originally deleted before the theatrical release. See more »
A strong movie about life for a black man after the Vietnam war
For all those who liked the movie "Menace 2 Society",you are going to love this one. This movie features the star from Menace to Society "Larenz Tate" and the well known "Chris Tucker". This is a very violent movie and have a few very gory scenes of the Vietnam war,but that is okay because this movie really shows how difficult it must have been for a black man growing up in the Bronx in the 60's.And it shows how life is for him and his friends after coming home from the Vietnam war. The language in this movie is of course very tough and rough and I could actually count the f-word 247 times in this movie and that speaks for it's self.
This is an extremely well made movie that really shows the reality of how hard the world can be for some people.
I advice everybody to go out and pick up this movie, because it is a story that you got to hear.
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