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Empire (2002)

Director: Frank Reyes     Starring: John Leguizamo Denise Richards
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40217651
UPC: 025192305320
UPC 14: 00025192305320
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"A gangster movie with the capacity to surprise.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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 Note
EMPIRE, 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/24/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 23053
Video UPC UPC: 00025192305320
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Denise Richards
Video Cast Info Isabella Rossellini
Video Cast Info John Leguizamo
Video Cast Info Sonia Braga
Video Cast Info Vincent Laresca
Video Cast Info Peter Sarsgaard
Video Cast Info Kramer Morgenthau - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Franc Reyes - Director
Video Cast Info Peter C. Frank - Editor
Video Cast Info Ruben Blades - Original Music
Video Cast Info Daniel Bigel - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Mailer - Producer
Video Cast Info Franc Reyes - Writer

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...Compelling....Leguizamo owns EMPIRE, the first film to capture the live-wire crackle of his one-man stage shows....He holds the screen with a simmering self-assurance..." 12/13/2002 p.60

Los Angeles Times
"...Engrossing and utterly uncompromising....[Leguizamo] gives one of the best performances of the year..." 12/06/2002 p.C6

Total Film
"...Centered by an on-form Leguizamo..." 12/01/2003 p.118

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Empire comes so close to working that you can see there from here. It has the right approach and the right opening premise, but it lacks the zest and it goes for a plot twist instead of trusting the material. I recently saw Goodfellas again, and this film is similar; they're both about the rise and fall of a gangster, narrated by himself, and complicated by a wife who walks out when she catches him with another woman. And Empire has a story hook that could have transformed this story into another classic. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Leguizamo,John
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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