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Illegal Tender (2007)

Rick Gonzales , Wanda De Jesus , Franc Reyes  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rick Gonzales, Wanda De Jesus, Dania Ramirez, Tego Calderon, Delilah Cotto
  • Directors: Franc Reyes
  • Writers: Franc Reyes
  • Producers: John Singleton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XT1P20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Dame Dame Music Video by Que No Featuring Dicky Ranking and Abusivo
  • Making of Dame Dame Music Video
  • Making of Illegal Tender

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    From acclaimed producer John Singleton (Hustle & Flow, Four Brothers) comes an intense, action-packed thriller about a family's quest for honor and revenge. College student Wilson De Leon, Jr. (Rick Gonzalez, Coach Carter, TV's Reaper) never stood up for himself until the gangsters who killed his father came to settle a score. In a gripping, adrenaline-pumping showdown, Wilson and his mother (Wanda De Jesus, TV's CSI: Miami) decide to settle that score on their own terms in order to protect the people they love. Dania Ramirez (TV's Heroes, X-Men) and reggaeton star Tego Calderon co-star in this hard-hitting film loaded with gripping action and unbeatable suspense.

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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Puerto Rico Represents September 2, 2007
    Format:DVD
    I have to give John Singleton major respect for giving Puerto Rican actors their time to shine. I was going to see this movie regardless because I think Rick Gonzalez is gorgeous. (It's a weakness, but if an attractive man plays a lead role, chances are it's going to catch my eye.) However, I read in JET magazine that the cast was many shades of Puerto Rican people, and I really respected that. African American actors get shunned plenty of times for trying to go against stereotypical roles, and Latino actors absolutely get treated the same if not worse, so for Singleton to put out a movie with a dominant PR cast was something I really respected.

    Now on to the movie. Not only did I respect the cast variation, but I also liked how Singleton took this movie against the grain. Instead of having Latinos in a poverty-stricken neighborhood looking mean as hell, he went against the stereotype and made the main characters upper class in an extremely nice neighborhood. Whatever car Wilson (Gonzalez's character) was driving was FILTHY GORGEOUS! Wilson grew up with the spoiled, rich kid lifestyle thanks to his mother fleeing his parents' past. But the witness protection program is a joke, and his mother has involuntarily made herself a subtle gangster...no, a woman protecting her children who just happens to know how to shoot. When Wilson finally finds out that his rich kid life has to stop cold after a visitor arrives, all hell breaks loose, and he's on a mission to save his mother.

    Pros: The dialogue, the scenery, Wilson and his mother, and the plot of the story were intriguing enough to not want the movie to end. I grinned, frowned, and laughed, and I never got bored.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL!!!!!! February 21, 2008
    Format:DVD
    This movie is amazing! I couldnt stop watching it...I watched it like 3 times in a row. It's raw, real and touching all at the same time. I like it because it's not brutal and hardcore to the point where you're disgusted. I absolutely loved it!
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    "Illegal Tender" is a very well put together, written, directed
    and acted movie!---Point Blank!!--Period!!
    It is about family coming together, it's about protecting the ones you hold dear, it's about the the young-headz
    respecting the struggles of the ones who came before them,
    all wrapped within this urban gangster thriller from a
    modern latino perspective. ----I LOVE THIS FILM!!----
    Wanda DeJesus, Rick Gonzalez, Manny Perez, Tego Caulderon all
    pull it off with gusto and made me believe it and get
    into the characters 100%!!
    Rick Gonzalez is one to watch y'all!!--The man's going
    places, and he isn't bad on the eyes either!
    All-n-All, money well spent and I would recommend this DVD
    to anyone who likes good action and drama.--Buy It!!
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Movie April 12, 2008
    Format:DVD
    Illegal tender should have been released on the big screen. If you like it you should also view "Slow Burn". Illegal Tender is a blend on "Miami Vice" and "Heat". I watched it on OnDemand from home and was looking for the sound track when I wrote this review of the movie. Get this movie and "Slow Burn"
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie January 21, 2008
    Format:DVD
    The movie Illegal Tender was good. The movie kept you on the edge of your seat and you didn't really know what to expect next. Great Movie. The characters were great and the mother really did everything that she could for her children.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Illegal Tender... August 31, 2014
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    "Illegal Tender" was one of those movies I ran into while flipping through cable channel (back in 2011). What little I saw interested me to the degree that I made an immediate purchase! Personally, I found that the story (while not new), still had an unique presentation - simply due to the cast, troopers all! For something a little different, may I recommend "Illegal Tender"?

    I rate this movie...Four stars!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 15, 2014
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    good price
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4, 2014
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    I love movie!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    The older mom is gangsta lol good movie.
    Published 7 days ago by JM
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie
    Great movie
    Published 14 days ago by cliffcharles
    4.0 out of 5 stars it was a very good movie, movie mars has excellent servive was very
    it was a very good movie,movie mars has excellent servive was very pleased
    Published 18 days ago by b w
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this movie!!!
    Published 27 days ago by Onarda
    5.0 out of 5 stars Latin Action!!!
    One the best modern latin action movies around.
    Published 27 days ago by Ivan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
    Great movie
    Published 1 month ago by L. Nichols
    5.0 out of 5 stars How your life style affect your child
    This is how a lot of young men get involved in this life style, by family member or just a older person that they look up to
    Published 2 months ago by Debra Kimble
    5.0 out of 5 stars Illegal Tender
    Package arrived on time and it perfect condition. Reasonable price and I would suggest anyone purchase this DVD. I give it a 5 ☆☆☆☆☆
    Published 3 months ago by Denise Hill
    2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy
    Thanks to this movie
    I've realized that I'm not into
    The old time movies anymore
    Doesn't entertain me
    Was bored outa my wits
    Published 3 months ago by Marie Michelle
    1.0 out of 5 stars Product not in the case
    I was happy when I saw my package in the mail box. The package was sealed with the original packaging. However, when I opened up the package, there was no movie. Very disappointed! Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Christopher D Foster
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