Dead Presidents
Dead Presidents (1995)

Albert Hughes and his brother Allen Hughes followed their striking debut Menace II Society with this ambitious look at the social and political lives of the African-American community in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Anthony Curtis… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 6, 1995
DVD Release Date: May 19, 1998
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

It's an overly ambitious effort that strains to work as a coming-of-age drama, a 1960s period piece and a searing comment on the way African American GIs went largely unappreciated for their war efforts.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The intense and excessive climactic set piece caper scene is the only true highlight in a superficial film.

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Time Out

There are intriguing aspects to this yarn, and the brothers can choreograph a scene, but you get the impression that they learned all they know from other movies, the blood and guts is gratuitous...

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What emerges is an uneasy blend of didacticism and juiced-up bloodletting (the brothers don't know when to stop with the exploding squibs) that bury the film's message and its good intentions.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

Platoon lite with a bitter ending that doesn't work in its favor...

Caryn James
New York Times

Like those overreaching sophomore term papers we can all laugh at now, this disappointing film may free the Hughes brothers to move on to fresher, more inspired work.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Made with fluid skill and a passion for storytelling, its tale of how the Vietnam War and American society affect a black Marine remains accessible while confounding expectations.

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Emanuel Levy

Significant as both history and film art, this gloomy tale has no "convenient" villains and refuses to indulge in stereotypes, instead focusing on larger forces, such as racism and political apathy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Directors Cat
[img][/img] A now cult film that was for many years wrongfully forgotten. The Hughes Brothers… More
danny d
a sad but powerful film about people who come home from war with nothing, and the life that awaits them. the cast was excellent, particularly woodbine, tucker,… More
xGary Xx
An intelligent update of blaxploitation flicks from the 1970s, Dead Presidents is the story of Anthony, a promising young student who upon his return from the… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Kirby: Everyone in this town knows I've only got one leg. And that motherfucker grabbed the wrong one. Years ago I saw the previews for this movie; and… More
Manu Gino
It was a good movie and had some good drama and action. We can see some young actors here like Chris Tucker, Larenz Tate and Terrence Howard showing there work… More
Lenny Muggsy
Upgrade to 4 stars. An underrated movie man, it's quite a pimp movie. Dark portrayal of inner city life and the hardship of Vietnam vets. Great… More