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Empire (2002)

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A successful South Bronx drug dealer turns his back on his roots and gives money to a Wall Street broker to invest for him.

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Chedda (as Treach)
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Tito Severe (as Fat Joe 'Joseph Cartagena')
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Rob B. Campbell ...
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Storyline

Victor, is trying to escape his life as a drug dealer in the South Bronx. Enter Jack, a Wall Street investment banker with a business proposal that has Victor's name (and money) written all over it. Written by Anonymous

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Two worlds collide.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,948 (South Africa) (25 July 2003)

Gross:

$31,948 (South Africa) (25 July 2003)
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2.35 : 1
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Shot in 22 days. See more »

Goofs

When Trish falls onto the bed after Victor Rose meets up with her and Jack Whimmer in Miami, there are four bags surrounding her. In the next shot of the bed a few seconds later, there are only three bags, in different positions. See more »

Quotes

Tito Severe: [to Bobby] Go home, wash your fuckin' ass, tell good-bye to your mother and your fuckin' kids, then come back here. Then I'm gonna kill you, you fuckin' piece of shit!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Games People Play
Written by Sal Abbatiello, Kurtis Blow, David Rieves and William Warning
Performed by Sweet G
Courtesy of Fever Records
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Excellent gangster flick - John Leguizamo shines!!
7 April 2004 | by (Wrexham, North Wales) – See all my reviews

A little gem of a gangster film. Not totally original, it could be seen as a homage to many of its predecessors, yet it delivers and keeps you interested right until the very end.

John Leguizamo plays local drug dealer Victor Rosa who sees the opportunity yo "branch out" into other areas and let his drug money work for him in the stock market when he meets, through his girlfriend, a up and coming wall street executive. Problem is that he finds it harder and harder to move away from his dangerous life on the streets, and still ends up having to deal with his crew of trigger happy homeboys, rival drug dealers and drug kingpins - which turns out to be a hell of a lot harder than before.

Leguizamo is brilliant in the lead role and has good support from the likes of Peter Sarsgaard, as his new wall street chum, and Vincent Laresca as his best friend from childhood. Its also good to see old stagers Isabella Rossellini and Sonia Braga again.

Denise Richards (not really having to act here, which suits her fine) and unknown Delilah Cotto are good eye candy, and do well as the sexy female leads.

An A for effort to all involved.


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