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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.

Director:

Charles Stone III

Writers:

Azie Faison Jr. (earlier screenplay), Austin Phillips (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wood Harris ... Ace
Mekhi Phifer ... Mitch
Kevin Carroll ... Calvin
Esai Morales ... Lulu
Chi McBride ... Pip
Cam'ron ... Rico
Remo Greene Remo Greene ... Sonny
Cynthia Martells ... Dora
Elise Neal ... Aunt June
Regina Hall ... Kiesha
Joyce Walker Joyce Walker ... Janet Woods (as Joyce Walker Joseph)
Ron Cephas Jones ... Ice
Nelson Tynes ... Wedge
Karen Andrew Karen Andrew ... Cakes
Pedro Salvín 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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Taglines:

The American Dream... Their way.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Mitch: A nigga like me man, I love the game. I love the hustle. Man I be feeling like one of them ball player niggas, you know? Like Bird, Magic or something. Yeah you know a nigga got dough, a nigga can leave the league... But if I leave... the fans still gon' love me man? I get love out here in Harlem man, I done sold coke on these streets, man, hash, weed, heroine. As long as niggas is feelin' it, a nigga like me can hustle it. That's my gift in life A... you know?
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Hood Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Blaze
Written by Melle Mel (as Melvin Glover) & Michael Breunig
(Giant Size Music BMI/Zulu King Ent. BMI/Phoenix Cloak Sounds BMI)
Performed by Melle Mel
Courtesy of ACM Records
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I Smell A Rat(ner)
9 November 2002 | by robtadrianSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to this film..the debut of one of the 3 geniuses of music video who released films this year...Michel Gondry (Human Nature), Kevin Bray (All About the Benjamins) and Charles Stone (Paid In Full). Stone's videos for Public Enemy (911 Is A Joke), The Roots (The Next Movement, You Got Me) and Living Colour (Elvis Is Dead, Funny Vibe) are some of the most vibrant, clever, adventurous and colorful promos to ever be seen, as well as his commercial work and other videos. The answer to why I was so disappointed in Paid In Full's averageness came when I realized that one of the producers was NYU hack Brett Ratner; famous for his generic hits such as Rush Hour as well as his proclamation that "I know what black people want" (in reference to filmmaking and attracting a black audience). Therefore Ratner probably used his clout to smother Stone's genius. The performances and story are fine but it could have been a TV movie. So I'll look for Stone's true genius when Drumline is released later this year.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,328,789, 27 October 2002

Gross USA:

$3,090,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,116,526
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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