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Paid in Full (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Action, Crime  |  25 October 2002 (USA)
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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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Dora
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Aunt June
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Kiesha
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Janet Woods (as Joyce Walker Joseph)
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Ice (as Ron Cephas Jones)
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Wedge
Karen Andrew ...
Cakes
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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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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some strong sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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25 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Die Strassen Harlems  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$25,657 (South Africa) (7 May 2004)
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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 »

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Yellow Light
Written by Gary Haase & Brett Laurence
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Performed by Brett Laurence (as Brett 'Dig' Laurence)
Courtesy of ACM Records
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this one shines....
6 February 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I saw this one a while back in the end of 2001, and I was very interested as it was the true story of the drug game in the mid eighties. This movie is actually AZ's side of the story(AZ is Ace played by Wood Harris[Above The Rim, Remember The Titans, The wire]). well, it tells the story of drug kingpins AZ(Ace), Rich Porter(Mitch)and Alberto "Alpo" Martinez(Rico). Cam'ron really displays some actin' skills in his part as the trigger-happy, O-Dog reminiscent Rico("alpo"), Wood Harris gives a very different performance from his previous roles in Above The Rim and The Wire as the laid back Ace. but this one belonged to Mekhi Phifer(8-Mile, Clockers) as Mitch(Rich Porter) he really came out and busted out Rich to a "T"! the certain flare that was necessary was there... And havin' DJ Brucie B all in the movie really put the icing on the cake for a rugged street feel, VERY Authentic...

underrated movie - this needs to be seen

10/10


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