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Paid in Full (2002)

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A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.

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Ace
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Mitch
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Calvin
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Lulu
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Pip
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Rico
Remo Greene ...
Sonny
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Dora
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Aunt June
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Kiesha
Joyce Walker ...
Janet Woods (as Joyce Walker Joseph)
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Ice
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Wedge
Karen Andrew ...
Cakes
Pedro Salvín ...
Columbian Man #1 (as Pedro Salvin)
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Storyline

Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Via lucky breaks and solid interpersonal skills, Ace moves to the top of the Harlem drug world. Of course, unfaithful employees and/or rivals conspire to bring about Ace's fall. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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The American Dream... Their way.

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Drama | Action | Crime

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some strong sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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25 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Strassen Harlems  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,328,789 (USA) (25 October 2002)

Gross:

$3,042,188 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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Trivia

In interviews, Azie Faison Jr., the real life Ace, has repeatedly accused Damon Dash, the film's producer of massively altering and watering down the script for "Paid in Full". According to Faison, the original version presented to Dash was a cautionary anti-drugs tale and social commentary on the destruction drugs have wrought on the black community. Faison has stated that the end result was merely a marketing tool for Dash to promote Cam'Ron a (then) recent arrival to Dash's recording label, Rocafella Records. The rewritten script compresses over 7 years of events into 12 months. Ace is shown becoming a dealer in 1986 but this happened in 1983 after seeing Scarface (1983) and the later events which led to the downfall of all three major characters transpired between late 1989 and 1992. See more »

Goofs

When Mitch and Ace are talking in the red BMW if you look at the background as they are driving by you can see what appears to be a 90s model Ford Explorer and also a second generation Nissan Pathfinder in front of it. See more »

Quotes

Ace: I got shot in the head, baby!
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Features Scarface (1983) See more »

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In the Air Tonight
Written by Phil Collins
(EMI April Music Inc. ASCAP)
Performed by Phil Collins
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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21 January 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I am very happy that the life story of Alpo, Rich Porter and AZ has come out, I saw the movie and I was mezmerized. Mekhi Phifer(Rich Porter) and David Sherwin Harris(AZ)(Above The Rim, Remember The Titans) do great as the legendary drug kingpins AZ and the now deceased Rich Porter. It really tells how crack cocaine blew up the way it did in the 80's and how "REAL" the crack game really is- How the up can make you feel on top of the world and how fast one can hit rock bottom in the game. The surprise came from Cam'ron as the now incarcerated druglord Alpo. This was a great movie and I also recommend the street documentary "Game Over" hosted by AZ which is also based on the lives of Alpo, Rich Porter and AZ.

A street classic 10/10


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