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Illegal Tender (2007)

 -  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 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

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

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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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Kick back and relax with Illegal Tender
1 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Twenty one years ago (1985), Millie, married to Wilson Deleon a drug dealer and pregnant with her first child seems to be living a pretty stable life in the Bronx. Well one night, things take a deadly turn when Wilson is gunned down in the company of top boss man Javier Cordero. Millie soon finds out the tragic news on the same night of giving birth and is eventually warned about her future date with death with the same thugs who killed her husband.

Twenty one years later, Millie and Wilson are living a quiet life in Connecticut. Pretty soon, the bad guys catch up to them once again and Millie and Wilson begin to fear for their lives. After learning the truth about his father, Wilson goes to Puerto Rico to meet with and settle the score with Javier Cordero. Cliché as it may seem, the movie is good for what it is. Its not Oscar material but its still easy to watch. Wanda DeJesus and Rick Gonzalez make a dynamic duo as mother and son. DeJesus is sexy in her role and gives a kick ass performance. Rick Gonzalez is fairly decent as the son who wants to be nothing like his father, all while delivering a bold and solid performance in his fight to end the feud with Cordero. The beautiful Dania Ramirez is a great addition as the scared, but sympathetic and loving girlfriend to Wilson. Over all, good film, simple dialogue, cool action. This is definitely a good film to watch on a rainy day.


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