A successful South Bronx drug dealer turns his back on his roots and gives money to a Wall Street broker to invest for him.

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Tito Severe (as Fat Joe 'Joseph Cartagena')
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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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Two worlds collide.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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6 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,281,415 (USA) (6 December 2002)

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$17,504,595 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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Franc. Reyes originally wanted John Leguizamo to play Jimmy. John Leguizamo liked the part of Victor so much that he got the director to give him that part. Leguizamo used his star power to help bring bigger names (such as Fat Joe, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Sarsgaard and Denise Richards) to the project. See more »

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(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

Victor Rosa: [Walking past a couple who are kissing] Hey. there's no tongue allowed here!
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Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Empire' (2002) See more »

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Welcome to My Empire
Written by Franc. Reyes and Tony Aliperti
Performed by India
Courtesy of Sony Discos, Inc.
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Violent and exciting movie about drug dealers
6 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

The picture talks upon a dealer (John Leguizamo) with a lot of success on south Bronx who loved for his girlfriend (Dalilah Cotto) develops an economic relation with a Wall Street yuppie financier (Peter Saasgard) and his fiancée (Denise Richards).

In the motion picture , shot in 22 days , there are tension , a love story , thriller , emotion , intrigue and a little bit of violence . The movie is fast moving and is enough amusing but happens many events . The pic obtained moderated success and didn't attain the box office that the producers wanted . The suspense movie is correctly narrated but there're some storyline gaps and the twisted plot makes it a few ridiculous . The film is classified ¨R¨ for violence and some sex and isn't apt for little boys , being for + 18 years' viewers . John Leguizano's fine interpretation as a drug dealer who becomes involved dark issues , he is good but plays as Latin stereotypes . Director Franc Reyes originally wanted John Leguizamo to play Jimmy , he liked the part of Victor so much that he got the filmmaker to give him that part . Leguizamo used his star power to help bring bigger names to the project . Dalilah Cotto and Denise Richards are attractive and enjoyable and Peter Saasgard as a hotshot business manager is magnificent . Isabella Rossellini as a Colombian drug lord is miscast and the veteran Sonia Braga hands a role very secondary as the starring's mother . The musical score by also actor Ruben Blades is nice and the movie is rightly directed by Fran Reyes .


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