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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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Iris
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Chedda (as Treach)
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Tito Severe (as Fat Joe 'Joseph Cartagena')
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Omar Pastran ...
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Rob B. Campbell ...
Det. O'Brien
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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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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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Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Birodalom  »

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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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Trivia

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 Fat Joe's son is playing with Playstation, he pauses the game. You can see in the background that the game he's "playing" is a recording on a VCR tape, shown from the tell-tale VCR pause picture static. See more »

Quotes

Jack: What do you do?
Victor Rosa: [Admiring Jack's luxurious apartment] Obviously whatever it is I do, I'm not doing enough of it, that's for damn sure!
Jack: Yeah?
Victor Rosa: But basically I'm self-employed.
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References Carlito's Way (1993) See more »

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Incomprendido
Written by Bobby Capo
Performed by Ismael Rivera
Courtesy of Sonido, Inc.
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Good. Worth any gangster flick-loving movie fan's time.

Empire stars John Leguizamo in a fairly decent role this time, as Victor Rosa. He is a drug dealer who is living life at a good pace. But as sucessful as his buisness is, he finds that he should get out while he still can and settle down. He sees his chance as he meets a wall street stock broker named Jack. He has a propasition for Victor that involves millions of dollars in which Victor needs to borrow from his drug dealing allies. It soon turns out that Victor is screwed out of the deal and Jack has made off with the money! Victor soon discovers he has no choice but to seek out Jack and have his revenge. What starts out with all the characteristics of a flop movie soon turns into something interesting. Leguizamo portrays Victor well, with smarts, feelings and charisma. It's not the greatest gangster flick out there (say Goodfellas blows it out of the whole movie making buisness) but this is surely worth a look. Empire provides insites into the crime world and keeps interest for a lot of the time (except the flat beginning). There are sometimes surprises that you wouldn't expect, good gun fights, and the ending is really something else. Overall not bad, do not judge the cover by all the bad things everyone says about it. Give it a shot! you may be surprised. 7.0/10


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