Dead Presidents

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Dead Presidents (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Dead Presidents” is a crime drama film released in 1995, directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. The movie stars Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, and N’Bushe Wright in the lead roles.

The story is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s and follows Anthony Curtis (played by Larenz Tate), a young African American man who graduates from high school and enlists in the United States Marine Corps to serve in the Vietnam War. After returning home from the war, Anthony struggles to adjust to civilian life, facing financial difficulties and finding it challenging to secure a stable job.

Frustrated by his circumstances and unable to provide for his family, Anthony, along with his childhood friends Skip (played by Chris Tucker) and Jose (played by Freddy Rodríguez), becomes involved in a series of armed robberies. They plan to rob an armored truck carrying old currency bills that are set to be shredded.

As the heists escalate, the group’s actions become more violent and dangerous. Anthony becomes conflicted about the choices he has made, torn between supporting his family and living an honest life.

“Dead Presidents” explores themes of post-war trauma, racial inequality, and the consequences of choices made in desperate circumstances. The film delves into the experiences of African American soldiers returning from the Vietnam War and the challenges they faced upon their return, including economic hardship and discrimination.

The movie received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances and the gritty portrayal of the struggles faced by African Americans in that era. It was noted for its realistic depiction of urban life and its social commentary on the impact of war and systemic racism on individuals and communities.

“Dead Presidents” features a soundtrack that includes classic R&B and hip-hop songs from the 1970s, adding to the film’s authentic and nostalgic atmosphere.

The title “Dead Presidents” refers to slang for money, specifically U.S. dollar bills, featuring the portraits of deceased U.S. Presidents.

“Dead Presidents” remains a cult classic and is regarded as an important film in exploring the African American experience during the Vietnam War era. It is remembered for its powerful storytelling and unflinching portrayal of the struggles faced by those who fought in the war and the challenges they encountered upon their return home.

Additional Details


  • Larenz Tate: Anthony Curtis
  • Keith David: Kirby
  • Chris Tucker: Skip
  • Bokeem Woodbine: Cleon
  • Freddy Rodríguez: Jose
  • Rose Jackson: Juanita Benson
  • N’Bushe Wright: Delilah Benson
  • Alvaleta Guess: Mrs. Benson
  • James Pickens, Jr.: Mr. Curtis
  • Jenifer Lewis: Mrs. Curtis
  • Michael Imperioli: D’ambrosio
  • Clifton Powell: Cutty
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez: Marisol
  • Terrence Howard: Cowboy
  • Jaimz Woolvett: Dugan
  • Larry McCoy: Nicky
  • Rodney Winfield: Mr. Warren
  • Martin Sheen: Judge
  • Isaiah Washington: Andrew Curtis


  • Directors: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes
  • Producers: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes
  • Scrrenplay: Michael Henry Brown

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