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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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Cast

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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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Action | Crime | Drama

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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

Six people were actually held prisoner in the scene where Ace and a friend were bundled into the apartment by Calvin's accomplices who demanded the combination. All six were shot in the head when the extortion attempt failed and three died, including Faison's aunt. The real life Calvin, Kevin Clark was not murdered in a revenge killing by Rico, as is depicted in the film. Kevin Clark and his accomplices, Ronald Timmons and Henry Bolden were all arrested soon after the incident and are serving 112 years - to life sentences. See more »

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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 »

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Pip: Whooooo, that's a big ass bill.
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Referenced in Pieces Series (2015) See more »

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I Wanna Party
Written by Casey Conrad
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Performed by Zoe
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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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