In the 1995 film, Anthony Curtis (Larenz Tate) returned home to the Bronx, NY from the Vietnam War to little opportunities and family to provide for. After getting laid off from a butcher shop, Curtis turned to doing a money heist for a much needed financial come-up. Thanks to the loose lips of his fellow veteran-turned-pastor Cleon, Curtis ends up getting caught and getting a prison sentence of 15 years to life.
Let’s say Curtis did the 15 years and was released. Since he was incarcerated in 1973, he would be released in 1988 during the height of the crack epidemic. If Curtis’ story was continued to be told, it would follow him trying to navigate the crime-stricken and poverty filled streets of the Bronx while not only trying to start his life over but deal with the trauma brought on by the war and now prison.