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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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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.

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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cu varf si indesat See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,328,789, 27 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,042,188, 17 November 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the true story of Azie Faison Jr., Alberto Martinez and Richard Porter. The trio controlled much of the drug trade in New York City in the 1980's. 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: l'm out, Rico. You understand what l'm saying? Look at me. l've been shot in the head, baby. My body different. l'm breathing different. You understand what l'm saying? The doctor said l wasn't gonna walk the same. You understand what l'm saying? l'm out.
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Referenced in The Last O.G.: Paid In Full (2018) See more »

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I Wanna Party
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this one shines....
6 February 2003 | by whoTheFuqRyouSee 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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