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Empire

Rating:R (for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 2002
Running time:90 minutes
Cast:John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, Peter Sarsgaard, Sonia Braga, Isabella Rossellini
Director:Franc Reyes
Producer:Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer
Writer:Franc Reyes
Distributor:Universal Pictures

Description: Victor Rosa runs a successful "street pharmaceutical" business that peddles a high-in-demand heroin mix, which he has named "Empire". His beautiful fiancee, Carmen, a Baruch College student, befriends a classmate who has an investment-banker boyfriend named Jack Wimmer. Victor meets Jack, and they instantly connect. Both are hard-core businessmen from two different sides of the legal fence. When Jack offers Victor a piece of the action on the stock market, Victor finally sees that this could be his ticket out of the violent streets of the South Bronx--and so, he jumps at the opportunity. But there is a bigger price to be paid than clean money for his gorgeous new Soho lifestyle. For the first time, Victor is confronted with a price tag that he will find very difficult to pay.

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