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Two worlds collide.
|A drug kingpin is offered a clean life when a stock broker offers him a cut of the stock market action. But the kingpin soon learns that people remain people regardless of their surroundings and must rely upon his street smarts to survive.|
"An entertaining, colorful, action-filled crime story with an intimate heart. Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Victor is a great character, played with macho zeal by Leguizamo. Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
Editor's NoteEMPIRE, the debut film from director-writer Frank Reyes is a Latin GOODFELLAS, chronicling the rise and fall of Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo), a Puerto Rican drug-dealer working the violent streets of the South Bronx. With an eye for money and a head for business, Victor dreams of one day achieving the wealth and success of a legitimate businessman. When Victor discovers that his girlfriend Carmen (Delilah Cruz) is pregnant, he jumps at the chance to give up the dangerous drug trade and joins forces with two new friends, Jack (Peter Sarsgaard)--a flashy Wall Street Investment banker, and his girlfriend Trish (Denise Richards). Jack offers Victor a new way of life and promises him access to "sure thing" investments. Eager to go legit, Victor quickly embraces Jack's standards of living. He gives up the streets of the Bronx for Jack's slick Soho loft and moves into the fast-talking, money-driven world of Wall Street. However, Carmen misses the warmth and familiarity of her roots in the South Bronx and Victor is torn between his own ambition and his desire to please her. Ultimately, he realizes too late that Jack and Trish are not all who they seem to be, and his best-laid plans begin to falter as he is forced to accept the magnitude of their betrayal.
Cast & Crew
|Kramer Morgenthau - Cinematographer|
|Franc Reyes - Director|
|Peter C. Frank - Editor|
|Ruben Blades - Original Music|
|Daniel Bigel - Producer|
|Michael Mailer - Producer|
|Franc Reyes - Writer|