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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.

Director:

Franc. Reyes

Writer:

Franc. Reyes
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Leguizamo ... Victor Rosa
Peter Sarsgaard ... Jack
Denise Richards ... Trish
Vincent Laresca ... Jimmy
Isabella Rossellini ... La Colombiana
Sônia Braga ... Iris (as Sonia Braga)
Delilah Cotto ... Carmen
Nestor Serrano ... Rafael Menendez
Anthony 'Treach' Criss ... Chedda (as Treach)
Rafael Báez Rafael Báez ... Jay
Fat Joe ... Tito Severe (as Fat Joe 'Joseph Cartagena')
Carlos Leon ... Hector
Felix Solis ... Jose
Omar Pastran Omar Pastran ... Jason
Rob B. Campbell Rob B. Campbell ... Det. O'Brien
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Two worlds collide.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,281,415, 8 December 2002

Gross USA:

$17,600,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,591,272
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Leguizamo and Nestor Serrano previously worked together 11 years prior in Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Trish falls onto the bed after Victor Rose meets up with her and Jack Whimmer in Miami, there are four bags surrounding her. In the next shot of the bed a few seconds later, there are only three bags, in different positions. See more »

Quotes

Victor Rosa: [Walking past a couple who are kissing] Hey. there's no tongue allowed here!
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Connections

Referenced in Scary Movie 3 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Millionaire
Written by Q-Unique, Jise and Swel
Performed by Arsonists
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Don't watch the trailer...
4 June 2003 | by Pablo PicassimoSee all my reviews

Here's a prime example of why trailers shouldn't be watched. In the case of the Empire, we see exactly what transpires in the movie. Having to watch the movie today and the trailer nearly a year ago, I still can remember what the basic plot of the movie was.

In either case, the first 80% of the movie is relatively entertaining, with the movie showing us the life of a dealer. But once we switch to the last 1/5 of the movie, everything you saw in the preview was inevitably going to happen in probably less than 15-minutes.

Entertaining, but predictable because of the trailer... 6/10.


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