Illegal Tender

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 206209066
UPC 025195021159
UPC 14 00025195021159
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Franc. Reyes
Rick Gonzalez
Dania Ramirez
Wanda De Jesus
Cast & Crew
Dania Ramirez - Actor
Franc. Reyes - Director
Franc. Reyes - Writer
Frank Byers - Cinematographer
Heitor Pereira - Original Music By
John Singleton - Producer
Keith Brian Burns - Production Designer
Preston L. Holmes - Executive Producer
Rick Gonzalez - Actor
Tego Calderon - Actor
Tony Ciccone - Editor
Wanda De Jesus - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 61102663
UPC 00025195021159
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter Quite an entertaining genre piece boasting a terrifically sinewy lead performance from Wanda De Jesus.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times as a melodrama, and it benefits enormously from the performance of Wanda DeJesus.

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