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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

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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:

Империя See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 22 days. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Jack: What do you do?
Victor Rosa: [Admiring Jack's luxurious apartment] Obviously whatever it is I do, I'm not doing enough of it, that's for damn sure!
Jack: Yeah?
Victor Rosa: But basically I'm self-employed.
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Soundtracks

White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)
Written by Sylvia Robinson and Melle Mel (as Melvin Glover)
Performed by Grandmaster Melle Mel
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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Just so much recycled hash
26 April 2003 | by =G=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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