DirectorFranc. Reyes Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateDecember 6, 2002 (2002-12-06) Initial DVD releaseNovember 27, 2003 (Germany) Music directorRuben Blades, Diane Warren CastJohn Leguizamo (Victor Rosa), Peter Sarsgaard (Jack), Denise Richards (Trish), Vincent Laresca (Jimmy), Isabella Rossellini (La Colombiana), Delilah Cotto (Carmen) Similar moviesThe Last Witch Hunter, Fish Tank, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss, Jupiter Ascending
TaglineTwo worlds collide.
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Empire is a 2002 gangster film starring John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard.
Victor Rosa (Leguizamo) is a drug dealer in New York City who sells a specific brand of heroin called "Empire". His territory is located in the South Bronx, where his other rivals all maintain an uneasy truce maintained because they all purchase their drugs from the same supplier, the drug lord La Colombiana (Isabella Rossellini). Victor is invited to a chic white collar party by his girlfriend Carmen (Delilah Cotto). The party is being thrown by her friend Trish (Denise Richards) and her boyfriend Jack (Sarsgaard), an investment banker. With a baby on the way, Vic decides to go straight, and begins to invest money with Jack, receiving significant returns. His friendship with Jack affords Vic a whole new lifestyle, and creates a rift between him and Carmen.
Jack offers Vic an investment opportunity for over 300% return, but there's a catch: the minimum buy-in is $4.5 million, $1.5 million more than Vic has. He approaches La Colombiana with an offer, in which she agrees to lend Vic the money he needs, if he gives her a 500% return and stops a feud between his best friend Jimmy (Vincent Laresca) and a rival dealer. However, the feud escalates and Jimmy kills the dealer. Vic receives his money and gives it to Jack, who disappears the next day. Victor tracks him down and tries to get his money back, but kills Jack and Trish when they resist. He escapes with Carmen and her family to Puerto Rico and opens a bar on the south side of the island with what little money he has left.
At the end of the movie, Vic is heading to the hospital to see the birth of his child when Rafael, La Colombiana's younger brother, shoots him dead.
John Leguizamo as Victor Rosa a.k.a. "Vic"
Peter Sarsgaard as Jack Wimmer
Delilah Cotto as Carmen
Denise Richards as Trish
Vincent Laresca as Jimmy
Isabella Rossellini as La Colombiana
Sonia Braga as Iris
Nestor Serrano as Rafael Menendez
Treach as Chedda
Fat Joe as Tito Severe
Rafael Baez as Jay ("the idiot savant")
Empire was the first release from Arenas Entertainment, a branch of Universal Studios specializing in productions for Hispanic audiences.
Universal picked up the film for US$650,000, and released it on December 6, 2002 in 867 theaters.
Empire received negative reviews, and carries a score of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 99 reviews.