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en.wikipedia.org)For other uses, see Dead Presidents (disambiguation). (Source:

That's when he joins with Kirby, some of his Vietnam buddies, and his revolutionary sister-in-law (N'Bushe Wright) in an elaborate scheme to steal thousands of used bills ("dead presidents") from a U.S. (Source: www.rogerebert.com)

When Anthony returns to The Bronx in 1973, after four years of service and presumably multiple combat tours in Vietnam, attaining the rank of sergeant, he finds returning to "normal" life is impossible. He finds his friend Skip, who used drugs during the war, is now a heroin addict. Jose, after serving as a demolitions expert, during which he lost his hand, has become a pyromaniac. Cleon is now a devoted minister. And Kirby has since become legitimate due to police cracking down on his criminal business. Anthony is laid off from his job in a butcher shop and finds himself unable to support his daughter. During a pool game at Kirby's, Cowboy (Terrence Howard) makes fun of Anthony and informs him that Cutty (Clifton Powell) was having sex with his girlfriend Juanita while he was deployed in Vietnam. Anthony then beats Cowboy with a pool stick out of rage. Anthony pesters Juanita into admitting to sleeping with Cutty to provide for their daughter. Anthony meets his girlfriend's sister Delilah (N'Bushe Wright), a member of the "Nat Turner Cadre", a fictional group similar to black revolutionaries. Delilah has always had a crush on Anthony and decides to help him with a plot he devises. Anthony, Kirby, Skip, Jose, Delilah, and Cleon plan to rob an armored car making a stop at the Noble Street Federal Reserve Bank of the Bronx. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

The officer talking to Cleon, hears all the commotion and takes out his gun. This results in Kirby hopping out the car and shooting at the officer, but, Kirby is shot in the arm, and Skip comes up behind the officer and shoots him in the head, killing him. Jose quickly grabs a detonator, an explosive device, and hops on the moving truck, with the driver trying to leave the scene. Kirby gets in his car and blocks the truck's entry. Kirby quickly hops out the car and runs as Jose places the explosive device in the back of the van. Jose jumps off and the truck driver slams into Kirby's car and Jose detonates the bomb, blowing up the truck, killing the driver and burning much of the cash. Anthony, Skip, Kirby, and Cleon are furious that Jose burned most of the money, but quickly manage to grab over $300,000. The explosion attracts more officers and as one is about to shoot Anthony Delilah shoots and misses him and the officer shoots her dead. In a fury of rage, Anthony shoots him and then beats to death the officer that he had pistol whipped earlier when he revives and reaches for his gun. The remaining crew splits up, as Jose runs in an alleyway with the cash, a police cruiser chases him. Jose kills the driver, but the officer in the passenger seat uses the dead officer to drive Jose into against a brick wall killing him. (Source: disney.fandom.com)

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We remember the fear, the chaos, the sadness, and the feeling of not knowing what was happening or when it would end. We remember a feeling that Americans were not used to experiencing up to September 11, 2001: the helpless feeling of being attacked as went about our normal lives. We no longer remember what it felt like on September 10th. (Source: deadpresidents.tumblr.com)

But I grow lyrical. More scientifically, what is the matter with it? Why does it seem so flabby, so banal, so confused and childish, so stupidly at war with sense? If you first read the Inaugural Address and then heard it intoned, as I did (at least in part), then you will perhaps arrive at an answer. That answer is very simple. When [President] Harding prepares a speech he does not think it out in terms of an educated reader locked up in jail, but in terms of a great horde of stoneheads gathered around a stand. That is to say, the thing is always a stump speech; it is conceived as a stump speech and written as a stump speech. More, it is a stump speech addressed primarily to the sort of audience that the speaker has been used to all his life, to wit, an audience of small town yokels, of low political serfs, or morons scarcely able to understand a word of more than two syllables, and wholly unable to pursue a logical idea for more than two centimeters. (Source: deadpresidents.tumblr.com)

That is, if you are the sort of man who goes to political meetings, which is to say, if you are the sort of man that [President] Harding is used to talk to, which is to say, if you are a jackass. (Source: deadpresidents.tumblr.com)

LIFE

Soldier Anthony Curtis (Larenz Tate) returns to his Bronx home after a nightmarish tour of duty in Vietnam. But the nightmare continues for Anthony and his friends as they suffer the indignities of trying to find steady work and provide for their families in a flagging economy. As desperation takes hold, Anthony teams up with Skip (Chris Tucker), a drug addict, and Kirby (Keith David), a small-time crook, to pull off a bank heist that will give them all a chance for a better life. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

Yes it is broadly about America's failures (both foreign and domestic) and the way violence, once started, never stops. However the more compelling and intimate narrative is about bitter disappointment. Life sometimes has a way of not working out for a lot people for reasons both beyond and within their control. As with "Menace II Society" the Hughes brothers are willing to take us to places that can make just about everyone uncomfortable. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A now cult film that was for many years wrongfully forgotten. The Hughes Brothers hit it out the park with the clash of realism and crime thriller elements that structured Dead Presidents, which I believe is a deeper and more affectionate film than it was ever given credit for when it first came out. There are many reasons why it never deserved to be slagged off. Firstly, if we wind the clocks back two years earlier the Brothers released "Menace II Society", everyone who loved movies found themselves completely knocked out by how good it was. The general consensus was that it was well directed, powerfully acted, sharply written and discussed important themes. Personally I see no creative differences between said film and Dead Presidents. As it unfolds you learn more about the characters and emotionally invest, it therein becomes incredibly gripping and emotionally fulfilling. Which is key to why the action works as well as it does and the final scenes have a greatest impact to anything seen earlier on. The performances are very well researched and at no point do you believe that any of the characters are being portrayed by actors, it nails believeability persuasion right on the head. The period setting and atmosphere is also captured perfectly, and the sense that our hero Anthony Curtis has literally nothing and no one to live for is realistic and makes for an interesting and equally awesome lead. It intelligently depicts the lives of Vietnam war veterans who upon returning home to the Bronx receive no compensation whatsoever for their physical and emotional struggle in combat. It does so in a fashion that is both hugely entertaining and completely unbiased. But what I really loved about this film is how the Hughes Brothers decide to play everything that happened completely straight while changing very little of the truth in it's story for dramatic purposes. I think the fact it was brutally realistic and changed little to work as a piece of cinema was the reason behind it's poor first impressions that ended up appalling the critics. But as a true story put on screen, whether it's structurally tight or not, it tells it in a way which is tense, funny and entertaining. It does have it's fair share of flaws, but there's no way of hiding that it deals with a touchy subject brilliantly. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

It was a good movie and had some good drama and action. We can see some young actors here like Chris Tucker, Larenz Tate and Terrence Howard showing there work and bringing there usual style to the movies. This action drama was the second film by the movie-making twins, Albert and Allen Hughes. The two started their careers with the urban drama, Menace II Society, and this effort has a 70s urban setting. The style and skill of these talented filmmakers is immediately apparent and the script which they co-wrote with Michael Henry Brown has well-developed characters and great tension along with explosive action scenes framed with an engrossing small scale story. The acting is excellent, but the real star here is the Hughes direction which is cool and inspired. Larenz Tate is Anthony Curtis, a good-natured high school kid in 60s New York who is enjoying life with his girlfriend, Delilah and good friends, Skip (Chris Tucker in an early role) and Jose (Freddy Rodriguez) and running numbers for a local tough guy, Kirby (Keith David). Those days are not to last, however, as all three of the young friends end up in Vietnam. Following a fairly lengthy and well-done segment in the Nam, all three end up back in the old neighbourhood, where Anthony finds adjusting to civilian life difficult. Soon (and rather suddenly), the whole bunch of them are planning an armoured car heist, and ohhhh boy, what a heist it turns out to be. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

Here you have all the elements of 60s and 70s black cinema. Anthony and his girlfriend Juanita in school is like Cooley High. You have drugs, pimps, and the black power movement which were mainstays of plenty of films like Superfly or The Mack. Then you have life of crime which was featured in flicks like Black Caesar. The movie also had an excellent soundtrack full of Soul and Funk tunes from the period. They really helped set the mood in each scene. The Hughes Brothers had their own modern take on all of these issues as well. The emphasis upon New York after Anthony returns from the war for instance, shows the decline of urban America which started in the 1970s. Serious drugs like heroin hit the black community, and there was mass unemployment. (Source: www.amazon.com)

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