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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.
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  »

Filming Locations:


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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Production Co:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Was screened for distributor Universal Studios less than two weeks after shooting. See more »


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References Scarface (1983) See more »


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A very entertaining film
1 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a little jewel of a film, and to think that I almost missed it because of negative comments by some viewers and critics. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. You have to take it for what it is and just enjoy the ride. It is an action-packed thriller, well acted and never boring. Although John Singleton was only a producer of this film (it was directed by Franc Reyes). If you enjoy Mr. Singleton's type of films, you will certainly enjoy this one. I highly recommend it for EVERYONE, but especially for those that understand Spanish. Reggaeton star Tego Calderon, acting on his first film, was fantastic, as well as the performances of Rick Gonzalez, Dania Ramirez and the wonderful Wanda De Jesus. It was a hard-hitting film, with gripping action and suspense, with a great music soundtrack. Do yourself a favor, rent the DVD and see for yourself. You won't regret it.

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