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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$3,090,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,116,526
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Rico: Hey Ace, pull your skirt down B, dudes get shot everyday.
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Connections

Referenced in The Last O.G.: Paid In Full (2018) See more »

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Don't Turn Your Back on Love
Written by Gary Haase
(Headmu Music ASCAP/Rebekah M. Music ASCAP)
Courtesy of ACM Records
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I was waiting for this...
21 January 2002 | by Bring Da RuckusSee all my reviews

I am very happy that the life story of Alpo, Rich Porter and AZ has come out, I saw the movie and I was mezmerized. Mekhi Phifer(Rich Porter) and David Sherwin Harris(AZ)(Above The Rim, Remember The Titans) do great as the legendary drug kingpins AZ and the now deceased Rich Porter. It really tells how crack cocaine blew up the way it did in the 80's and how "REAL" the crack game really is- How the up can make you feel on top of the world and how fast one can hit rock bottom in the game. The surprise came from Cam'ron as the now incarcerated druglord Alpo. This was a great movie and I also recommend the street documentary "Game Over" hosted by AZ which is also based on the lives of Alpo, Rich Porter and AZ.

A street classic 10/10


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