Dead Presidents

Dead Presidents

Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Cast: Larenz Tate, Keith David

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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Allen and Albert Hughes followed up their successful debut, Menace II Society, with the sweeping crime drama Dead Presidents. That film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making this Disney/Buena Vista disc difficult to recommend to anyone other than fans of the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/1998
UPC: 0717951000392
Original Release: 1995
Rating: R
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 3,842

Special Features

French-language track; Spanish subtitles; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Larenz Tate Anthony Curtis
Keith David Kirby
Chris Tucker Skip
N'Bushe Wright Delilah Benson
Freddy Rodriguez Jose
Rose Jackson Juanita Benson
Terrence Howard Cowboy
Jean-Claude LaMarre Ramsuer
Michael Imperioli D'ambrosio
David Barry Gray Devaughn
Jaimz Woolvett Lt. Dugan
Jenifer Lewis Mrs. Curtis
James Pickens Mr. Curtis
Clifton Powell Cutty
Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez Betancourt
Ryan Williams Young Revolutionary
Larry McCoy Nicky
Rodney Winfield Mr. Warren
Bokeem Woodbine Cleon
Cheryl Freeman Mrs. Barton
Robert Smith Helicopter Pilot
Bernie Telsey Protester #1
Rik Colitti Cabbie
Carlton Wilborn Spyder
Frank Albanese Mr. Gianetti
Tony Sirico Officer Spinelli
Robert LuPone Attorney Salvatore Rizzo
Seymour Cassel Saul
Isaiah Washington Edward Curtis
Martin Sheen The Judge (uncredited)
Heather B. Peaches
Cuc Dinh Madame Minh
Alvaleta Guess Mrs. Benson
Joelle Hernandez Sarah, Juanita's Child
Jordan Hernandez Sarah, Juanita's Child
Daniel Kruse Corporal Rob
Charles E. Lesene Numbers Taker
Quynh Phann Skivvie Girl
Elizabeth Rodriguez Marisol
Monti Sharp Officer Brown
Robert Smith Helicopter Pilot
Sticky Fingaz Martin
Yen Chin Grow Skivvie Girl
Tim Zay Protester

Technical Credits
Albert Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Allen Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lance Anderson Makeup
Michael Bennett Co-producer
David Brisbin Production Designer
Michael Henry Brown Screenwriter
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Ken Hardy Art Director
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Dan Lebental Editor
Randy Ostrow Producer
Darryl Porter Executive Producer
Joseph Ray Asst. Director
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
Paul A. Simmons Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Stettner Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Jeff Ward Asst. Director
David Waterston Cinematographer
Karin Wiesel Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:33]
2. Graduation Plans [3:26]
3. A Run with Kirby [3:26]
4. Different Path [:02]
5. Juanita and Anthony [:30]
6. Men at War [:30]
7. Luck Gone [3:10]
8. A Lethal Favor [:35]
9. Homeward Bound [:35]
10. Bad Habits [4:02]
11. Family Man [2:38]
12. The Big Payback [3:33]
13. A Friend of the Family [1:48]
14. Domestic Discord [:20]
15. The Heist [:20]
16. Money to Burn [4:06]
17. Skip's End [5:46]
18. Caught [:04]
19. Sentence Passed [:04]
20. End Credits [6:46]

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Dead Presidents 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started watching withing the first 20 mins, and i was instantly hooked on it, it was a good movie, and a nice little twist at the end.... a must see for everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fitting homage to 1970's blaxexploitation (blaxpop) genre and proof that the next generation can excel its forerunners. The Hughes Brothers are students of those times and their work here, from the location shots, to the riveting soundtrack, rings so true, you have to check your PDA to make sure its current day. Chris Tucker steals the film as Skippy, but Larenz Tate and Keith David get thir due with straight up, solid work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hughes brothers certainly had the right idea in mind making this a cool heist, and I give them credit for trying, but they bite off more than they can chew. Dead Presidents is a really good film. Most people think this movie is all about robbing a bank but it really isn't even though it comes at the end. The most obvious problem is the film tries to be too many things at once. It starts as a ghetto drama-then it's a war movie-then it ends as a crime thriller! (More than a bit remiscent of Kubrick's "The Killing.") This could have worked with the proper care, but DP suffers from trying to cram too much story in just under two hours. An extra twenty minutes would properly flesh out the plot. The film opens in the late sixties as we meet Anthony (Larenz Tate), Anthony's girl Juanita (Rose Jackson), his friend Skip (Chris Tucker-as bug-eyed as ever) and boss Kirby (Keith David). We follow Anthony through his first experiences with sex, violence, and family resistance. Anthony wants to join the Marines and through a rather clever edit, we are plunged into the Vietnam War head first. The Hughes Bros. handle this material well, although it gets a bit busy with all the Vietnam-isms: drug use, severed heads, mercy killings, Agent Orange, air strikes, etc. The audience discovers that before the war Anthony got Juanita pregnant, and that he has a baby girl "back in the world." It is a lot of material to cover in the brief period of time, and we only get a brief glimpse of what is was like to be a black soldier in country. We jump back to the "world", where we witness the domestic turmoil the war has brought upon Anthony and Juanita. Another pitfall is the Juanita character, who is so abrasive that we feel no sympathy towards her. The scene where Anthony assaults her is problematic I mean what did she expect waging the verbal attack that she does on an alcoholic Vietnam Vet? The confrontation with Cutty (Clifton Powell), Juantia's sugar daddy, is contrived and goes on far too long. Broke and alone, Anthony, in his moral confusion, turns to the film's equivalent of the Black Panther Party for support... This is where ‘Dead Presidents’ abandons the drama for the above mentioned heist aspects. Ignoring the pragmatic problems with the robbery (i.e. face paint instead of masks), it is a rather poor way to resolve a film where so much time has been expended creating complex characters. One does not get the sense that Anthony is desperate enough to do something that goes so much against his character. The other members of the heist have not been properly set up to take part in it either. It seems tacked on, almost an afterthought to the plot proper. Anyway the heist does not go as planned everything leading to the final shot of ‘Dead Presidents’ seems anticlimactic, leaving many questions unanswered. One of the major flaws of the film is the lead performance by Larenz Tate he is a good actor, but does not seem dynamic enough to bring Anthony through a narrative arc that gets lost in the clouds. The editing leaves scenes unfinished and cold. The story: If the Hughes Bros. had focused on one or two aspects of the plot, we would have been presented with a more thoughtful and detailed story. I'll give them credit for being ambitious though, but experienced film makers also know what to cut from a film when everything seems like a good idea. But that is a skill that comes with time.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I had never seen this movie before, though I had meant to for some time. I thought the cast did a wonderful job in this film, and the movie was very compelling. Though it was worth a watch, I am not sure if it is a movie I would necessarily want to own, unless I found it really cheap, but others probably fill differently about it than I do, so judge for yourself. I was just drawn away by the amount of language that was in it mainly, and though I'm sure this may possibly be historically accurate (I am not certain), the ending was a bit too brutal and depressing for my taste. I am not a fan of depressing movies, or ones that contain the main characters killing cops in it. Not my cup of tea. However, due to some of the things in it and the acting, I would say that it is definitely worth a watch though. Decide for yourselves.