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Movie propaganda

Two worlds collide.

Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo) is all about the mighty dollar and fashions himself as a businessman on par with Rockefeller, Carnegie and Bill Gates. With an iron fist, he runs a successful "street pharmaceutical" business that peddles a heroin mix he has named Empire.

His beautiful fiancée, Carmen (Delilah Cotto), a Baruch College student, befriends a classmate with an investment-banker boyfriend, Jack Wimmer (Peter Sarsgaard). 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, he sees his ticket out of the violent streets of the South Bronx and 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 difficult to pay.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime drug lord life-style

Persons of interest

  • John Leguizamo .... Victor Rosa
  • Peter Sarsgaard .... Jack
  • Denise Richards .... Trish
  • Vincent Laresca .... Jimmy
  • Isabella Rossellini .... La Colombiana
  • Sonia Braga .... Iris
  • Delilah Cotto .... Carmen
  • Nestor Serrano .... Rafael Menendez
  • Anthony "Treach" Criss .... Chedda
  • Rafael Báez .... Jay
  • Fat Joe .... Tito Severe
  • Carlos Leon .... Hector
  • Félix Solis .... Jose
  • Omar Pastran .... Jason
  • Rob B Campbell .... Detective O'Brien
  • Granville Adams .... Detective Jones
  • Franc Reyes .... Screenwriter
  • Franc Reyes .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
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  • Empire official movie site
  • Empire QuickTime movie trailers
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Empire is Scarface without the effort. If they don't make the effort then you shouldn't either. Unless you've seen everything else already, then you can brush up on yo gangsta moves, homie. Yo.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (High level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

90 minutes (1:30 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2003

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