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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 (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rick Gonzales, Wanda De Jesus, Dania Ramirez, Tego Calderon, Delilah Cotto
  • Directors: Franc Reyes
  • Writers: Franc Reyes
  • Producers: John Singleton
  • Format: 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 (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XT1P20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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
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, 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
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
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing March 19, 2014
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It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was like watching sons of anarchy. I love love love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rent or buy this movie February 18, 2014
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I thought it was a Great movie. I loved the plot. Just enough action, not a lot of blood and gore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent February 9, 2014
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I love this movie and the mother was really gangster! If you like a movie with revenge this is it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars hate it
i never recevied my movie and i want it so bad this movie. so its sucks. and i still want :(
Published 2 months ago by frances ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars illegal tender
This as described and a must own if you want to see action from start to finish .Prompt shipping by this vendor and will certainly use them again for my needs.
Published 2 months ago by Charles J. Barbiere
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE
Published 4 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Illegal Tender
It's a great movie. Been looking for this movie. Will recommend this to friends. Thanks for helping locate a movie I have been wanting.
Published 5 months ago by Veronica Mancilla
5.0 out of 5 stars illegal tender
great movie I totally enjoyed had the right amount of violence and great acting.....the scenery was great too......good story
Published 6 months ago by Gloria Orendorff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I loved this movie then and I love it more now. This dvd is awesome. Picture perfect. I enjoy action and drama movies so this satisfy my thrill crave every time.
Published 7 months ago by Sweet Lena
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this
looking it a good movie this is one of them i'll like it a lot this movie move me now.
Published 8 months ago by James Manuel Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Latino movie ever!!
I love this movie since the first time I had seen it and can't stop watching it! There is not a part in this movie I do not like... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alisha Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!
Saw this a few years ago but forgot the title. Found it on amazon after a little research. This is a good movie if you like action.
Published 11 months ago by bilannka
5.0 out of 5 stars ;)
I loved this movie when I first got it, so had to order one for my mom. New and undamaged.
Published 12 months ago by Monica
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