Another great performance was had by Keith David, of Platoon fame who played the worldly and elder part to-a-T. Shortly after graduation from high school, Anthony decides he doesn't want to follow his big brother's path of going to college but instead, joining the Marine Corps and fight for his country. The Hughes Brothers impress once again. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Alongside Chris Tucker in a supporting role. Sit back and be prepared to watch a great moment in filmaking.
It is about a black man and how his life is affected by the time he lives in and the choices he made. I'm surprised to see he's done little of note since. Like everyone says, its not so much as a heist movie, but a reflection on the hardships of the black individual, such as finding work and drug abuse; after fighting a war that wasnt really meant for them or their country. That's Uncle Sam for you! But that is terribly misleading. This is an extremely well made movie that really shows the reality of how hard the world can be for some people.
That said, I would warn not to create a preconception based on the title, tagline or any publicity images that you might have seen, because they apply only to a small portion of the action. Up to that point you could consider this a life in the ghetto movie, trying to escape the ghetto movie, a Viet Nam war movie, a what life was like for blacks in the late 60's early 70's movie, a what the Viet Nam war did to those who survived it movie, so on and so on. This was a Masterpiece, directed by Hughes Brothers after Hit movie Menace 2 Society. This is no bad thing, though, as long as you are not looking to be cheered up. The stickup sequence is very well made, but of course, bloody. I give Dead Presidents high marks for casting and acting.
All in all, the film's running time, which was approximately 119 minutes, was simply far too short for the storyline. Wishful thinking: Beginning with the lives of the principal actors when they first met as children. I enjoyed Menace to society, Boyz N the hood and juice. The problem that I have with the movie is that it spans too many genres and as a result, just seems to drag on and on. And not to mention Larenz Tate, whose boyishly-looking features cleanly established the groundwork in the development of the story.
Starring highly underrated actor Larenz tate in a powerful, Superb performance. And for a while, it seemed as though they were quite successful. It stinks like a sack full of assholes! It's a war pic, it's a romance, it's a heist movie, it's a buddy movie, it's a message movie. His low-paying job provides little support for his new family and he becomes desperate to make ends meet. So, together with his two involuntarily enlisted Vietnam buddies Skip Chris Tucker and Jose Freddy Rodriguez , Anthony's Uncle Kirby Keith David , Juanita's radicalized sister Delilah N'Bushe Wright and Cleon Bokeem Woodbine , they proceed to knock over the truck and make way with its valuable assets. Even though the story has a lot of action, it's very believable, which is hard to do in Hollywood.
The cover doesn't look great and i haven't heard of this film. Larenz Tate, in his best role ever, plays Anthony Curtis, a young black man from late 1960's The Bronx, who is just a regular guy who hangs out with his friends played by Chris Tucker also in his best role ever as Skip, and Freddy Rodriguez as Jose. That the narrative is tried and tested stops the piece hitting greater heights, this in spite of some super acting especially Tate and the always value for money Keith David and the hard hitting violence that pierces the senses. You and your wack mans fold like bad hands Roll like Monopoly: advance You're coppin' me like white crystal I gross the most at the end of the fiscal year than these niggas can wish to The dead presidential candidate With the sprinkles and the presidential, ice that'll offend you In due time when crime flees my mind All sneak thieves and player haters can shine But until then, I keep the trilliant cut diamonds shinin' brilliant I'll tell you half the story; the rest, you fill it in Long as the villain win I spend Japan yen, attend major events Catch me in the joints, convinced my iguanas is bitin' J-A-Y hyphen, controllin', manipulatin' I got a good life, man, pounds and pence 'nough dollars make sense, while you ride the bench Catch me swingin' for the fence Dead Presidents, ya know? The first seventy-five minutes of this movie were really well done. The cinematography is also great and so is the acting overall.
I also like the war scenes--very gripping, very scary. This is no bad thing, though, as long as you are not looking to be cheered up. Albert and Allen Hughes direct, produce and co-write with Michael Henry Brown this tale about Anthony Curtis Larenz Tate , a South Bronx boy who goes off to fight in Vietnam, to then return after his tours of duty to find things just aren't the same anymore. There have been so many disgraceful movies that star some rapper used to promote the movies. Shortly thereafter, we are taken to Vietnam with the boys and we meet some other interesting characters, one of them a psychotic preacher, Cleon, played by Bokeem Woodbine,and the Vietnam sequences are executed very realistically and are very bloody. But it is not good my friends.
This was a great movie, and I think it was overlooked. Predictable yet potent, and certainly memorable, it's well worth a look for the tough of mind and the classic era film of heart. Larenz Tate, Chris Tucker, and the rest did a fabulous job. Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller, War Imdb Rating 6. All this film had was a lot of blood. Before he left, however, he'd impregnated his girlfriend Juanita Rose Jackson and while in country, he doesn't permit himself to think of what he's left behind in America.
Not recommended if you want to see a good film about war. Anyway this is not a bad movie. Larenz Tate is great as well, being able to pull off the young version of his character, since he has a boyish face. It is one my favorites due to the unique storytelling and action. The pic very much harks back to the glory days of film noir in the 40s and 50s, where some talented film makers began to tell stories of returning war veterans finding what they left behind is now alien to them - with some characters, as is the case here - deeply scarred by their experiences. I gave Dead Presidents a chance, and I'm glad i did.
And Bokeem Woodbine reminds me of Samuel L. This movie is filled with great performances, the best coming from Larenz Tate, Bokeem Woodbine and Keith David, heart-pounding action and good dialogue. Anthony is now a father, and cannot find a job anywhere and realizes that his own country has turned his back on him and many young black veterans from 'Nam, including his old boys Skip and Jose. And although a lot of profanity was employed in this movie, it does capture the gravity of what the story hoped to convey. Chris Tucker is hilarious in this movie, he has great on screen charisma, and he speaks his lines very fluidly, as if he was improvising. By the time it came around for the big robbery, I was wondering when this movie would end. The movie is so vivid and compelling, I believe that this account was based on reality, than that of imagination or fiction.