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Talento de barrio (2008)

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A young drug dealer falls in love while facing disruption among the men in his gang, and being offered a career as a Reggaetón singer.


Angel M. Sanjurjo (screenplay and original story), George Rivera (screenplay and original story)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Daddy Yankee ... Edgar
Maestro Yek Maestro Yek ... Jayco (as Maestro)
Katiria Soto Katiria Soto ... Soribel
César Farrait César Farrait ... Wichy
Angélica Alcaide Angélica Alcaide ... Natasha
Norma Colón Norma Colón ... Edgar's mother
Norman Santiago ... Matías
Payi Payi ... González (as Rafael Acevedo)
Welmo E. Romero-Joseph Welmo E. Romero-Joseph ... Leo (as Welmor)
Rey Pirín Rey Pirín ... Javier
Pepe Fuentes Pepe Fuentes ... Don Joaquín
Moncho Conde Moncho Conde ... Popó
Gringo Gringo ... Angelo
Erik Rodriguez Erik Rodriguez ... Wito
Glory Glory ... Tata


A misunderstood youth from the streets of Puerto Rico must choose between musical superstardom and underworld notoriety after falling for a beautiful uptown girl whose positive influence causes him to seriously consider giving up a life of crime. Edgar Dinero (Daddy Yankee) was balancing thug life with greater ambitions when he first met the girl of his dreams. In order to prevent the girl from slipping through his fingers, Dinero does his best to prevent her from discovering his true ties to the violent barrio underworld. By day, Dinero slips into the recording studio with dreams of becoming a big reggaeton star, and by night be takes to the streets to defend his turf from the most violent criminals in the city. One day, Dinero realizes he finally has the opportunity to leave his life of crime behind. Will he ever convince the corrupt cops that he's changed his ways, and will his brothers on the street find the courage to forgive him for abandoning them during their darkest hour? Now... Written by Charys Caldarella

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Action | Crime | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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15 January 2011 | by purpleleaf7See all my reviews

Excellent Movie. I enjoyed the end. Very symbolic because we know who Daddy Yankee is and where he is now, and it showed where he came from. It was a very strong film. I wanted to see more, and know more about his personal life. I'm glad he made this film for us to see. I felt very sorry for his family and his loss, if it is all based on a true story. I found it very upsetting and was routing for Daddy Yankee to get his revenge. I really felt that. It's an emotional story, and it left me admiring him more as an artist. I'm glad he made this film because he is one of the first(and one of the best) Reggaeton stars, and the music would not be the same without him. I'm glad he got out of that lifestyle and brought his talent to light for the world to see because even after all these years, although it hasn't been that long, he is still holding it down. His musical style, beats, and rap represent the lifestyle and you feel that it is coming from deep within his heart and soul that makes him an original that cannot be duplicated.

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Puerto Rico


Spanish | English

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Straight from the Barrio See more »

Filming Locations:

Caguas, Puerto Rico See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,118, 12 October 2008

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