The sophomore effort from sibling director team Albert and Allen Hughes, Dead Presidents was released in 1995 and stars Larenz Tate as a young man in the Bronx who goes off to fight in the Vietnam War, and upon his return plans a bank heist.
The heist takes precedence in all the promotion for this movie. It’s the subject of the tagline, and the poster. Summaries everywhere make that the focus. The film takes its title and its lengthy opening sequence from the presidents on the currency. Everything about the way this film is sold to the audience is set up around getting the audience looking forward to the heist. This is in stark contrast to the film itself, which waits until the last 30 minutes of its two hour run time to even put the heist on the table. Continue reading