Illegal Tender (2007)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Michael Philip Del Rio ...
Samuel Molina ...
Older Man
Rick Sepulveda ...
Wilson DeLeon Sr.
D.C. Benny ...
Latina Killer #1
Latina Killer #2
Young Millie
Young Jessenia
Ronald Escobar ...
Javier's Man #1
Javier Cordero
Wilson Jr.


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le pacte  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,054,430 (USA) (14 September 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Good little thriller that doesn't require much except a desire to go along for the ride
14 October 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

21 years after her husband, a drug dealer looking to get out, is gunned down, a woman finds that her husband's cronies are still looking to kill her and her family. Her son at first doesn't believe her, but when he's forced to defend the family home against attackers plan are made to turn the tables on the attackers.

Good little action thriller from John Singleton. I don't know what else to say but this is an old school style crime thriller that has characters you care about and real tension that comes from the characters and situations. Definitely worth a look at some point.

6.5 out of 10

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