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A NYPD detective attempts to avenge the death of her father, but unwittingly becomes involved with one of his killers.

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Franc. Reyes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Leguizamo ... Dante / Perfecto
Harvey Keitel ... Joseph Bruno
Florencia Lozano Florencia Lozano ... Celeste Santana
Diane Venora ... Gina Santana
Wanda De Jesus ... Captain Diaz
Manny Perez ... Detective Manso
Saul Stein ... Detective Demarco
Benny Nieves ... Alberto Santana
Luis Antonio Ramos ... Carlos Rojas
Raquel Castro ... Nereida
Tammy Trull ... Liz
Raquel Jordan Raquel Jordan ... Alma
Alex Luria ... Dante / Perfecto 23 years old
Gabriella Fanuele Gabriella Fanuele ... Celeste 18 years old (as Gabriella Loren)
Josh Segarra ... Luis
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In New York, Detective Alberto Santana comes with his partner Joseph Bruno to meet his wife Gina and his daughter Celeste to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. Out of the blue, Alberto is shot in his head on the sidewalk by a man wearing a hood that delivers a religious message from the Lord. Many years later, Celeste is a detective of the New York Police Department and partner of Joe Bruno. When the crooks Alden and Jeff Kane, who had torched their buildings to receive the insurance, are released from prison, they are executed by two criminals in the same modus operandi of detective Santana, and the police department concludes that they are the same killers. Lieutenant Diaz assigns Detective Manso and Detective Demarco from narcotics to investigate the case, for the deception of Celeste. Then the drug dealer Chino and his gang are executed in Manhattan's Lower East Side by the killers Dante and his deformed and deranged twin brother Perfecto, and Lieutenant Diaz teams up Joe and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,844, 18 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,844, 18 October 2009
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Gritty
4 August 2010 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

This one is hard to watch. The serious tone of the story line, the edgy dual performance by John Leguizamo, and the dark Christian perspective will not win this work any fans in the Bible-Belt, for sure, but they also factor into the equation of elements adding together to make the viewer cringe and pull back not only from the story, but from the characters. By the time you decide whose side you're on, the movie is over and you're left feeling empty and incomplete from the experience. This is, without a doubt, John Leguizamo's "the Libertine," in that it may well be his best performance ever, and maybe 12 people will see it. I cannot say this film is fabulous, but I will say that John Leguizamo purely shines, so if you're a fan of his work, do yourself a favor and redbox this (at least), but if not, you may want to try "What's the Worst that Could Happen?" instead, wherein he costars with Martin Lawrence and Danny DiVito.

All in all? This is one of those dark obscure pools of goodness whose appreciation calls for a genre-fan, or a fan of the principal actor, to really enjoy the work. Otherwise, you may be disappointed.

I love John Leguizamo, so for me, it rates a 7.6/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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