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Illegal Tender (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  24 August 2007 (USA)
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When the thugs who killed his father come looking for him, a young Latino man and his mother flee from their home.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Philip Del Rio ...
Lugo
Samuel Molina ...
Older Man
Rick Sepulveda ...
Joey
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Wilson DeLeon Sr.
D.C. Benny ...
Ceasar
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Latina Killer #1
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Latina Killer #2
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Mora
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Young Millie
Angelic Zambrana ...
Young Jessenia
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Nilsa
Ronald Escobar ...
Javier's Man #1
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Javier Cordero
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Wilson Jr.
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Ana
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After the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a teenage boy and his mother turn the tables on the killers - one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge as the hunted become the hunters. Wilson DeLeon, Jr. is an exceptional college student with an adoring girlfriend, doting mother and a future full of promise. He has never wanted for anything, and he has never been forced to stand his ground. But when ghosts from his mother's past come back to haunt his present, he must defend his family ... and quickly turn into the strong man his father prayed he'd become. Nothing could stop Wilson's mother, Millie, from protecting her two boys. Forced to flee her home after gangsters killed her husband, she made an oath to give her children only the best. But all that changes when an enemy from the past catches up with them. It's finally time to take action - and now, they're done running. Weapons at the ready, Wilson, Jr. and Millie prepare for a final showdown with the ... Written by Universal Pictures

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Always protect the family.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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24 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le pacte  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,425,915 (USA) (24 August 2007)

Gross:

$3,054,430 (USA) (14 September 2007)
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The film was shot in just 28 days with locations in New York and Puerto Rico. See more »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Darker Side Of Jamaica
Written by Tony Kelly, Ava-Mae Curah
Performed by Tafari featuring Ava-Mae Curah
Courtesy of JDS Records
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Not worth the $10.
3 September 2007 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie was entertaining, but the acting was horrible. I expected way better work from John Singleton and from actors like Wanda DeJesus, Dania Ramirez and Rick Gonzalez. There were so many holes in the plot that dramatic scenes were turned into slapstick comedy. There were also many anachronisms (a bodega scene in 1985 featured candy and snacks with 2007 packaging) and continuity errors (Wilson's little brother bruised his face after falling off his bike; the bruise was healed later that day. Wilson grew up speaking English, but managed to speak fluent Spanish once he arrived in Puerto Rico). I did like the music in the film, though, and I'll probably buy the soundtrack. I think I understand the vision that John Singleton may have had in making this film, but unfortunately he used a formula that was successful in the '90s and it doesn't work for Illegal Tender.


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