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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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Franc. Reyes

Writer:

Franc. Reyes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Philip Del Rio Michael Philip Del Rio ... Lugo
Samuel Molina Samuel Molina ... Older Man
Rick Sepulveda Rick Sepulveda ... Joey
Manny Perez ... Wilson DeLeon Sr.
D.C. Benny ... Ceasar
Mercedes Mercado ... Latina Killer #1
Carmen Gloria Pérez ... Latina Killer #2 (as Carmen Perez)
Zulay Henao ... Mora
Jessica Pimentel ... Young Millie
Angelic Zambrana ... Young Jessenia
Julie Carmen ... Nilsa
Ronald Escobar Ronald Escobar ... Javier's Man #1
Gary Perez ... Javier Cordero
Rick Gonzalez ... Wilson Jr.
Dania Ramirez ... Ana
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film was shot in just 28 days with locations in New York and Puerto Rico. See more »

Goofs

Numerous items or logos in the bodega did not exist in 1985, for example we cards for tobacco did not exist. See more »

Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

C.R.E.A.M.
Written by The GZA (as Gary Grice), Method Man (as Clifford Smith), Raekwon (as Corey Woods), Ghostface Killah (as Dennis Coles), Inspectah Deck (as Jason Hunter), U-God (as Lamont Hawkins), RZA (as Robert F. Diggs Jr.), Ol' Dirty Bastard (as Russell Jones), Isaac Hayes (as Isaac Lee Hayes) and David Porter
Performed by Wu-Tang Clan
Courtesy of RCA Records Label
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Illegal Tender was worth the rental
5 March 2008 | by golardoheadSee all my reviews

Director Franc. Reyes gives crime movie junkies the powerful drama Illegal Tender. It didn't exactly grab me getting sluggish at times with nothing happening on screen except talking heads. 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 murderer who robbed him of a father and her of a husband. Now, in a battle fueled by family ties and blood feuds, it will become very clear what happens when anyone tries to come between this son and his mother.

I was moved by the connection between the mother and sons. Different relationship than the standard father son bond. I would recommend this DVD to rent or buy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illegal Tender See more »

Filming Locations:

Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,425,915, 26 August 2007

Gross USA:

$3,106,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,106,835
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Deal Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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