Dead Presidents/a Rage in Harlem

Dead Presidents/a Rage in Harlem

Director: Albert Hughes, Bill Duke, Allen Hughes
Cast: Forest Whitaker

DVD (Wide Screen)


Bill Duke directs this quirky film adaptation of Chester Himes' crime novel -- a heavily plotted gangster tale with a sweet love story hidden underneath. The film begins in Natchez, Mississippi in 1956. During a police shoot-out with the mob leader Slim's (Badja Djola) gang, Slim's moll Imabelle (Robin Givens) takes off with a cadre of stolen gold. As a result, Imabelle is chased by Slim's mob from Mississippi to New York. By the time she reaches Harlem, she is broke and has to figure out a way to ditch the trunk full of gold. She finds herself at the annual Undertaker's Ball, where she sees the big and dumb Jackson (Forest Whitaker), a bumbling undertaker's assistant. She spots Jackson as a mark that she can use as a cover and latches onto him immediately. She moves in with him to hide out, but Imabelle becomes taken with his innocence. For his part, Jackson falls head over heels in love with her. But the Mississippi mob catches up with her and takes her away. Jackson calls in his street-wise brother Goldy (Gregory Hines) to help him rescue Imabelle. Jackson fears that Imabelle has been kidnapped. But Goldy knows better -- he still agrees to help him but Goldy wants the gold for himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2008
UPC: 0786936765878
Rating: R
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 3:47:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Presidents
1. Program Start
2. Graduation Plans
3. A Run With Kirby
4. Different Path
5. Juanita and Anthony
6. Men at War
7. Luck Gone
8. A Lethal Favor
9. Homeward Bound
10. Bad Habits
11. Family Man
12. The Big Payback
13. A Friend of the Family
14. Domestic Discord
15. The Heist
16. Money to Burn
17. Skip's End
18. Caught
19. Sentence Passed
20. End Credits
Disc #2 -- A Rage in Harlem
1. Take It or Leave It [5:41]
2. Opening Credits [1:44]
3. "Manners to Spare" [6:08]
4. No Place to Stay [5:40]
5. The Undertakers' Ball [6:44]
6. Gold in Harlem [8:01]
7. Just a Dream? [8:38]
8. Played Like a Chump [5:26]
9. A Deal With a Demon [7:18]
10. Keep Them Talking [5:07]
11. "Don't Drink" [9:13]
12. Imabelle! [6:01]
13. "Pop Goes the Weasel" [8:52]
14. "Don't Shoot My Dog" [8:20]
15. "A Long Ride to Mississippi" [9:55]
16. End Credits [5:02]

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