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Format: DVD
Sku: 206209066
UPC: 025195021159
UPC 14: 00025195021159
Category Keywords: Gangsters  Killers  Revenge  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Always Protect the Family.
After the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a teenage boy and his mother turn the tables on the killers. The story of one latino family's quest for honor and revenge as the hunted become the hunters in the new thriller illegal tender.

"Quite an entertaining genre piece boasting a terrifically sinewy lead performance from Wanda De Jesus.  Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter
" as a melodrama, and it benefits enormously from the performance of Wanda DeJesus.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
ILLEGAL TENDER opens in the Bronx in 1985, with slick drug dealer Wilson DeLeon (Manny Perez) looking for one more big score before settling down with his pregnant wife, Millie (Jessica Pimentel). But things go awry, and the gang led by Javier Cordero (Gary Perez) goes after Millie as well. Twenty-two years later, Millie (now played by Wanda De Jesus) is living in a wealthy suburban neighborhood with her older son, 4.0 college student Wilson Jr. (Rick Gonzalez), and younger son, the endearingly precocious Randy (Antonio Ortiz). When she spots a member of Javier's gang, she's out on the run again--but Wilson refuses to go, instead staying home with his girlfriend, Ana (Dania Ramirez), not willing to believe anyone is in any real danger. Although he doesn't want to get involved, Wilson is soon caught up in a gunfight, finding himself in the middle of a two-decade-old score that seemingly can be settled only with bloodshed. Written and directed by Franc. Reyes (EMPIRE) and produced by John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD), ILLEGAL TENDER is a gripping drama about family, revenge, and honor. The outstanding cast is headed by De Jesus in a career-defining performance, with fine support from Gonzalez and Ramirez and comic relief from Ortiz. The soundtrack features songs by Willie Colon, Don Omar, Manny Loco, Tafari, and reggaeton star Tego Calderon, who also appears in the film as Choco, Javier's right-hand man in Puerto Rico.


Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/1/2015
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61102663
Video UPC UPC: 00025195021159
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dania Ramirez
Video Cast Info Rick Gonzalez
Video Cast Info Tego Calderon
Video Cast Info Wanda De Jesus
Video Cast Info Franc. Reyes - Director
Video Cast Info Franc. Reyes - Writer
Video Cast Info Frank Byers - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Heitor Pereira - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Singleton - Producer
Video Cast Info Keith Brian Burns - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Preston L. Holmes - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tony Ciccone - Editor

Professional Reviews

Variety 7 of 10
Mother knows best -- and shoots straight -- in "Illegal Tender," a Latin-flavored crime meller propelled by a throbbing soundtrack that fuses hip-hop, salsa and Reggaeton to muy bueno effect. The second feature written and directed by former dancer-choreographer Franc. Reyes ("Empire"), pic plays like a mash-up of pulp fiction and telenovela while focusing on vengeful drug kingpins, pistol-packing Latinas, cross-generational conflict and ferocious maternal instincts..."Illegal Tender" could have come off as a very dark comedy, a Tarantinoesque romp (note the abundance of shapely hitwomen) and/or a perversely edgy thriller with an Oedipal steak. Instead, helmer takes a surprisingly straightforward approach, avoiding ostentatious stylistic flourishes and never allowing anything, not even the gunplay, to get out hand...As a result, however, pic is too muted to have much lasting impact, and remains modestly diverting only on a scene-to-scene basis. There's no quotable dialogue, no standout action sequence, no flashy supporting performances -- in short, nothing to lift "Illegal Tender" from the level of competent but inconsequential B-movie...Still, there is that sizzling soundtrack. And De Jesus' authoritative performance, laced with a subtle hint of mature sensuality, might be enough for pic to have unexpectedly strong femme appeal. - Joe Leydon

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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