The story is about two young men selling clothes in the street who are chased by the police and have their commodities confiscated. To pay back their boss they undertake a job to return to her a petty LE5,000 -- the "dead money" of the title -- which another thug had never paid back. This simple story of greed is reminiscent of Geofrey Chaucer's Canterbury tale about the three friends with the moral: "Radix malorum est cupiditas" or "Greed is the root of all evil." The plot takes several twists and is highly stylized with a frantic pace which conveys the dog-eat-dog way of life.
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