Dead Presidents Movie Review 1995

Information and Film Reviews for Dead Presidents the Movie

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Sophomore release for the Hughes brothers falls short of impact of "Menace II Society," but not for lack of ambition. Combination coming of age tale, war story, period piece and caper film follows Anthony ("Menace" veteran Tate) from his Bronx neighborhood in 1968 to Vietnam (for "Platoon" adventures in the wilds of Florida) and then back to the 'hood, where his life continues to spiral downward. Desperate to escape, he becomes involved in an armoured car heist to grab some cash (the "dead presidents"). Supported by hard-edged and effective acting, the Hughes continue to develop their control of cinematic imagery, displaying genius for staging violent, confrontational scenes. But the script, based on a story by the brothers, fails to live up to the vision, with characterization and dialogue lagging. Pounding period soundtrack with contributions by Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye keeps things humming.

Distribution

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Crime Drama, African America, Drug Use & Abuse, Vietnam War, New York, New York, Heists, Period Piece: 1960s, Buddies
Screenplay
Michael Henry Brown
Cast
Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, N'Bushe Wright, Bokeem Woodbine, Rose Jackson, Clifton Powell
Cinematography
Lisa Rinzler
Director
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Music
Danny Elfman
Producer
Albert Hughes, Allan Hughes, Michael Bennett, Darryl Porter, Caravan Pictures, Underworld Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures

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