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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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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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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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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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Franc. Reyes originally wanted John Leguizamo to play Jimmy. John Leguizamo liked the part of Victor so much that he got the director to give him that part. Leguizamo used his star power to help bring bigger names (such as Fat Joe, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Sarsgaard and Denise Richards) to the project. See more »

Goofs

When Trish is shot and falls on the bed, the gun she was holding is next to her right hand. In the next shot, it is on the left side. See more »

Quotes

Victor Rosa: [Walking past a couple who are kissing] Hey. there's no tongue allowed here!
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Referenced in Scary Movie 3 (2003) See more »

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I Seen It All
Written by Big Tito, Luis "TMP" Caban, M. "Streez the Godd" Jones, Jr., G. "Computa" Villanueza and D/R Period
Performed by Ironclad
Courtesy of Ironclad Entertainment/Select Records
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Shiftless filmmaking spoils worthy storyline in "Empire"
1 August 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

There's probably no point in discussing the plot of "Empire," since the whole movie is all but divulged in the trailers, but it's not in my best interest to leave people in the dark. Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo, also providing voice-over narration) is a South Bronx drug dealer who wants to get out of the business and lead a normal life with his pregnant girlfriend (Delilah Cotto), who is expecting their first child. Victor believes Wall Street investment banker Jack Wimmer (Peter Sarsgaard) is his lifeline to quick – and legal – financial freedom. It's not long before his alliance with Wimmer begins to alienate relationships with his friends and partners, which in turn yields serious consequences. This solid storyline is lost in the abyss of director Franc. Reyes' world of near-pitch black sets, endless gunplay, flat dialogue that's composed mainly of colorful metaphors, and rappers playing trigger-happy drug dealers (in this case, Treach and Fat Joe; at least they're a major improvement over stiffs like Ja Rule and DMX). The third act collapses under the weight of its predictability; a field guide and binoculars won't be needed to spot twists that can be seen from a country mile away. Denise Richards pops up in the egregious role of Wimmer's sexpot girlfriend, but don't let that deter you from seeing an otherwise fairly entertaining movie. It's difficult to argue, though, that Leguizamo's talents were better put to use in "Ice Age." 7/10


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