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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Jimmy
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Iris
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Carmen
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Chedda (as Treach)
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Tito Severe (as Fat Joe 'Joseph Cartagena')
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Hector
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Jose
Omar Pastran ...
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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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$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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Trivia

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 »

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 Scarface (1983) See more »

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Written by Christopher Brian Bridges and Bangladesh
Performed by Ludacris
Courtesy of Def Jam South
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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