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Paid in Full -- A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.
Paid in Full -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Azie Faison Jr. (earlier screenplay) &
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Release Date:
25 October 2002 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Wood Harris ... Ace

Mekhi Phifer ... Mitch

Kevin Carroll ... Calvin

Esai Morales ... Lulu

Chi McBride ... Pip

Cam'ron ... Rico
Remo Greene ... Sonny

Cynthia Martells ... Dora

Elise Neal ... Aunt June

Regina Hall ... Kiesha
Joyce Walker ... Janet Woods (as Joyce Walker Joseph)

Ron Cephas Jones ... Ice

Nelson Tynes ... Wedge
Karen Andrew ... Cakes
Pedro Salvín ... Columbian Man #1 (as Pedro Salvin)
Ramon Marroquin ... Columbian Man #2
The World Famous *BoB* ... The World Famous Brucie B (as Bruce Robinson)

Jonas Chernick ... Detective / Surgeon

Wes Williams ... Mitch's Friend (as Wes 'Maestro' Williams)

Rufus Crawford ... Tommy
Jason Burke ... Street Runner

K.C. Collins ... Kid #1 (as Chris Collins)
Geoffrey Antoine ... Kid #2

Arnold Pinnock ... Wiry Man

Tyson Hall ... Customer
Flash ... D.C. #1

Martin Roach ... D.C. #2
Noreaga ... Runner
Jess Mal Gibbons ... Antoine (as Jesse Gibbons)
Rohan Waugh ... Andre

Raven Dauda ... Donna
Eduardo Gómez ... Columbian #3 (as Eduardo Gomez)

Anthony Clark ... Rico's Buddy #1
Michael Pope ... Rico's Buddy #2
Busy Bee ... Himself

Doug E. Fresh ... Himself
Khalida Outlaw ... Homegirl on Street
Terrance Telfair ... Neutral Kid

Derrick Simmons ... Taunting Guy

Damon Dash ... Cruiser

Jamie Hector ... Dunn

Hassan Johnson ... Accomplice

Tobias Truvillion ... Runner
Jermaine Lloyd ... Money Counter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hakan Coskuner ... Laz

Shawn M. Richardz ... (voice)
Angie Martinez ... Girl in Calvin's Car (uncredited)

Robert Mauzell ... Sweatsuit guy on block watching fight (uncredited)

Charles Stone III ... Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Stone III 
Writing credits
Azie Faison Jr. (earlier screenplay) &
Austin Phillips (earlier screenplay)

Matthew Cirulnick (screenplay) and
Thulani Davis (screenplay)

Produced by
Jesse Berdinka .... executive producer
Damon Dash .... producer
Jay Z .... producer (as Shawn Carter)
Lisa Niedenthal .... co-producer
Cha-Ka Pilgrim .... associate producer
Brett Ratner .... producer
Ron Rotholz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Frank Fitzpatrick 
Vernon Reid 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patricia Bowers 
Bill Pankow 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Maher Ahmad 
Art Direction by
Brandt Gordon 
Set Decoration by
Steven Essam 
Costume Design by
Suzette Daigle 
Abram Waterhouse 
Makeup Department
Lisa Hazell .... key hair stylist
Bradley Stenson .... makeup assistant: New York
Adenike Wright .... hair stylist
Production Management
Andrea Boyd .... production manager
Callum Greene .... unit production manager: New York
Keri Weisblum .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avra Fein .... second assistant director
Carrie Fix .... second assistant director: New York
Andra Laine Hardt .... second second assistant director: New York (as Andra Hardt)
Michael Tassie .... third assistant director
Doug Torres .... first assistant director: New York
David Vaughan .... first assistant director
Neil Winemaker .... third assistant director
Karen Young .... trainee assistant director
Stewart Young .... second assistant director (as Stewart A. Young)
Art Department
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Robert Currie .... assistant property master
Alexandra Hooper .... set decoration buyer
Akeo Ihara .... props
Kathleen Jenkins-Gray .... assistant property master (as Kathy Altman)
Fred Mendelson .... construction coordinator
Paul Roer .... props
Belinda Struminger .... art department production assistant
Colin Woods .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Stephen Barden .... supervising sound editor
Todd Beckett .... re-recording mixer
Lee de Lang .... sound effects editor
Keith Elliott .... re-recording mixer
Nelson Ferreira .... dialogue editor
J.R. Fountain .... second assistant sound editor
Jamie Gould .... re-recording assistant
Rose Gregoris .... first assistant sound editor
Ao Loo .... production sound mixer
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Jill Purdy .... sound editor
Alan Zielonko .... boom operator
Mark Zsifkovits .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Tony Kenny .... special effects coordinator
Mark Rice .... special effects technician
Dean Stewart .... special effects office administrator
Visual Effects by
Stanley Monahan .... optical effects
Roy T. Anderson .... stunt coordinator: Toronto
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator: New York
Nicole Callender .... stunts
Errol G. Farquharson .... stunts
Don Gough .... stunts
Howard Green .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts (as Jerry Hewitt)
Chad Keens-Douglas .... stunts (as Chad Keens Douglas)
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts (as Jay Lynch)
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts
Robert Reece .... stunts
Kerron Schullere .... stunt performer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator: New York (as Manny Silverio)
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator: New York
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
Eli Aronoff .... film loader: second unit
Russel Bowie .... a camera
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Sam Chase .... gaffer: second unit
Alisa M. Colley .... camera loader: New York
James Edmiston .... grip: New York
Richard Emerson .... key grip
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer: USA
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
David Knox .... camera operator
Marcus Paletta .... grip
Tom Prate .... key grip: New York
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Mark Willis .... camera operator: "a" camera
Hugh Young .... generator operator
Lance Mayer .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Irapaul Turner .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Tuffy Questell .... extras casting
Ra-Ra Taylor .... extras casting assistant
Traci Runcie Williams .... casting associate (as Traci Runcie)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pattie J. Barbosa .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Christine Celander .... wardrobe
Gerri Gillan .... assistant costume designer
Aissatou Parks .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Gershon Hinkson .... assistant editor: avid
Paul Rubenstein .... first assistant editor: Toronto
Location Management
Drazen Baric .... assistant location manager
Alex Borys .... location assistant: New York
Duane Evans .... location production assistant: New York
Jonathan Matthews .... location manager
Music Department
Rich Dickerson .... music supervisor
James Flatto .... music editor
Lisle Leete .... scoring mixer
David Schulhof .... music supervisor
Randy Spendlove .... executive in charge of music
Mike Welker .... additional music effects
The World Famous *BoB* .... music supervisor
Kevin Banks .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Di Venanzo .... head driver
Evan Siegel .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Anthony Carovillano .... craft service (as Anthony Carvalino)
Linda Darras .... first assistant production accountant: Toronto
Robyn J. Davis .... production coordinator: New York (as Robyn Davis)
Clarence Ford .... choreographer: dance
Clarence Ford .... choreographer: rollerskating
Leah Jaunzems .... production assistant
Carol Nesker .... tutor
Carol Pears .... script supervisor
Basil Person .... assistant production coordinator
Corinna Schmitt-Porsia .... production coordinator
Mark Sonoda .... production executive
Beverly Sutton .... production coordinator
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor: New York
Jennifer L. Thompson .... assistant production coordinator (as Jennifer Lyn Thompson)
Karen Tyrell .... unit publicist
Jaime Wilson .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Scott Wouda .... production assistant
Tara Ziemba .... craft service
Michelle Carvalho .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some strong sexuality and drug content
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Rico:Hey Ace, pull your skirt down B, dudes get shot everyday.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I was hoping for this..., 23 January 2002
Author: Bring Da Ruckus from NY City

I am glad that there is a movie based on the lives of legendary Harlem kingpins Alpo, AZ and Rich Porter coming out. I saw this movie and it really went back to the old school w/ music from Rakim("Paid In Full" which is the theme of the movie). It shows the ups and downs of the drug game and is focused mainly on AZ(David Sherwin(Wood) Harris). The surprise came from rapper Cam'ron as Alpo(but is called Rico). I don't want to give it away but for those people who checked the street documentary, "Game Over" would really understand this movie as well as those who knew AZ, Rich and Alpo personally and those who know the legacy of these hustlers.

It gets a 9 from me, I loved it

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