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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Jack
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Jimmy
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Iris
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Carmen
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Chedda (as Treach)
Rafael Báez ...
Jay
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Tito Severe (as Fat Joe 'Joseph Cartagena')
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Hector
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Jose
Omar Pastran ...
Jason
Rob B. Campbell ...
Det. O'Brien
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A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal and a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top, Victor soon finds out that he has been double crossed and his last option is to get revenge. Written by El Toro

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Two worlds collide.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,281,415 (USA) (6 December 2002)

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$17,504,595 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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

Victor Rosa: [Walking past a couple who are kissing] Hey. there's no tongue allowed here!
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Millionaire
Written by Q-Unique, Jise and Swel
Performed by Arsonists
Courtesy of Matador Records
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trying to be hard
5 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo) is a drug dealer in the South Bronx. He's made a lot of money with his crew Jimmy, Chedda, and Jay. He calls his area and his product Empire. He gets into a feud with a neighboring rival. His girlfriend Carmen goes to college with Trish (Denise Richards) who introduces them to her Wall Street banker boyfriend Jack (Peter Sarsgaard). Jack offers Victor an investment opportunity which requires him to get a loan from his drug source La Colombiana (Isabella Rossellini).

Leguizamo is trying to be hard and he's trying too hard. The narration tries to be hard-boiled. There is a lot of trying but a lot less succeeding. Writer/director Franc. Reyes is trying to mimic better gangster movies. There are ways to make this work but Reyes doesn't have it at this point.


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