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Dead Presidents

Dead Presidents
Dead Presidents
Dead Presidents
  • R
  • 1h 59m
  • 1995
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On the streets they call cash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnam veteran (Larenz Tate) is after when he returns home from the war only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist -- a daring robbery of an armored car filled with unmarked U.S. currency!
© 1995 Hollywood Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Todd McCarthy

Dead Presidents may eventually box itself into a narrative dead end, but its muscular engagement of weighty themes and explosive situations makes it a powerful drama.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Crime drama has strong violence and language, drugs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dead Presidents is a crime drama about a Vietnam veteran's experiences during and after the war with strong language, violence, and drugs. Having returned from the Vietnam War traumatized, discontented, and needing to support his family, veteran Anthony Curtis (Larenz Tate) turns to a life of crime. Although he is not a positive role model, he and other supporting characters are sympathetic, such as his partner Juanita (Rose Jackson), although she too has her flaws. Violence is frequent, often bloody and in the case of the wartime violence, graphic and gory. This includes a beheading and a character having his genitals cut off and placed in their mouth. There is near constant strong language including variants of "f--k," "c--ksucker," and racial slurs such as the "N" word and "gooks." The movie touches on PTSD and mental health, although true to the era depicted these discussions are limited. There are several scenes of drug abuse by characters who are both traumatized and addicted. Drugs used include heroin, marijuana, and speed. Smoking and drinking are also depicted, in one case the latter being to excess. Sex features less regularly, although it is discussed and in one scene shown. But it's without graphic nudity and is also played partly for comic effect.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:October 4, 1995
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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