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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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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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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$31,948 (South Africa) (25 July 2003)
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To train for his part, John Leguizamo hung out with a gang of drug dealers and gangsters for a few days. They told him how to spot surveillance vans and deal drugs. See more »

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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 »

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Victor Rosa: [Walking past a couple who are kissing] Hey. there's no tongue allowed here!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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My Life (Through the Spirit in Your Eyes)
Written by Franc. Reyes, Tony Aliperti and Orlando Pagan
Performed by Jon Secada
Courtesy of Epic Records
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Rise and Fall
11 August 2012 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A South Bronx drug dealer (Leguizamo) with an uncommon sense of honor and professionalism longs for a better life and thinks he has found his way into mainstream respectability when he meets slick and duplicitous Wall Street investment banker Jack Wimmer (Sarsgaard in an uncharacteristically one-dimensional performance). Things go well at first and he believes he has left his old life behind for good but then disaster strikes.

Written and directed by Franc Reyes this was a star vehicle for non-star John Leguizamo who also co-produced. Its pretensions are toward being a modern version of a 1930's Warner Brothers gangster picture with the Shakespearian rise and fall of a strong-willed character. Instead it falls flat with a preposterous premise and stereotypical shoot-em up elements.

This is a thoroughly amateurish production right down to the casting of the extras and one wonders why solid actors like Sarsgaard, Rosellini, Serrano and Braga would have let themselves get talked into doing something like this.

Reyes may have thought he was being clever by giving roles to people that aren't really actors but the result is a mess filled with awful performances that only picks up energy at the end (by which time most of the amateur actors' characters have been killed off).


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