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Empire (2002)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Victor Rosa
... Jack
... Trish
... Jimmy
... La Colombiana
... Iris (as Sonia Braga)
... Carmen
... Rafael Menendez
... Chedda (as Treach)
Rafael Báez ... Jay
... Tito Severe (as Fat Joe 'Joseph Cartagena')
... Hector
... Jose
Omar Pastran ... Jason
Rob B. Campbell ... Det. O'Brien


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Империя  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,281,415, 8 December 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,504,595, 26 January 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Franc. Reyes originally wanted John Leguizamo to play Jimmy. John Leguizamo liked the part of Victor so much that he got the director to give him that part. Leguizamo used his star power to help bring bigger names (such as Fat Joe, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Sarsgaard and Denise Richards) to the project. See more »


(at arouns 42 mins) There is a wide fish-eye dolly shot and in the lower right corner a grip's shadow, white sneaker, and what looks like a strap come into frame briefly. See more »


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 The Godfather (1972) See more »


Games People Play
Written by Sal Abbatiello, Kurtis Blow, David Rieves and William Warning
Performed by Sweet G
Courtesy of Fever Records
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Just so much recycled hash
26 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Empire" is all about a streetwise drug dealer (Leguizamo) in South Bronx, NY who self-narrates his take on how to work your way out of the ghetto and go legit. A slick shoot with a bunch of trite recycled street crime and gangland snippets pieced together for a screenplay, this predictable and contrived flick never really gets where it's trying to go. Chock full of plot holes and nonsequiturs, the auteur asks us to care enough about a thug, murderer, and drug pusher to sit through 1.5 hours of all-sizzle-but-no-steak nonsense about his life. A so-so no brainer action/drama for Leguizamo fans and crime buffs only. (C+)

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