Paid in FullDirector: Charles Stone III
Paid in Full marks the feature debut of director Charles Stone III, who rose to fame after creating Budweiser's "Wassup" commercials. The urban gangster drama is loosely based on the true story of 1980s Harlem drug kingpins AZ, Rich Porter, and Alpo. (This story was also the basis for a documentary, Game Over (Part 1).) Ace (Wood Harris) works at a laundromat, struggling to get by, while his friend Mitch (Mekhi Phifer) lives the high life selling heroin. His sister's boyfriend, Calvin (Kevin Carroll) also sells drugs, and looks down on Ace for struggling to earn a living. Out delivering laundry one day, Ace meets Lulu (Esai Morales), a big time coke dealer, who lives better than anyone Ace has ever known. When Lulu leaves some coke in the pocket of a coat he's having cleaned, Ace returns it to him, and Lulu rewards him for his honesty by letting him keep the drugs. When Calvin gets busted, Ace hesitantly takes his place in the neighborhood, and starts working for Lulu. As the crack business takes off, Ace finds himself making more money than he knows what to do with. Mitch goes to jail for a short time, where another inmate, Rico (rapper Cam'ron in his acting debut), defends him in a fight. By the time Mitch gets out of prison, Ace is running the neighborhood. Ace makes Mitch his right-hand man, and when Rico gets out of jail, he joins the crew. The drugs and money flow, and Ace tries to keep everyone happy, but there are some who want what's his, and will stop at nothing to get it. Paid in Full was shown at the 2002 Urbanworld Film Festival.
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Cast & Crew
|Elise Neal||Aunt Jane|
|Angie Martinez||Girl in Car|
|Maher Ahmad||Production Designer|
|World Famous Brucie B||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Brucie B.||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Jesse Berdinka||Executive Producer|
|Suzette Daigle||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Rich Dickerson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Jermaine Dupri||Score Composer|
|Steven Essam||Set Decoration/Design|
|Frank Fitzpatrick||Score Composer|
|Brandt Gordon||Art Director|
|Ao Loo||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Cha-Ka Pilgrim||Associate Producer|
|Vernon Reid||Score Composer|
|Ron Rotholz||Executive Producer|
|David Schulhof||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|David Vaughan||Asst. Director|
|Abram Waterhouse||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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In a mood that deemphasizes the sex and violence in favor of the moral cost of the drug trade, this film has the easygoing persona of a soap opera with a bite that hits you afterwards.
I grew up in New York in the mid80's and if you were there like I was you know the film is very accurate.This is a true story and everything from the wardrobe to the cars to the dialogue are very accurate.Wood Harris is a very underated actor that silently dominates the screen with his presence.For producer Dame Dash this film is a great improvement from a terrible garbage film''State Property''starring rapper Beanie Seagal that features some of the worst acting and writing ever seen in the history of modern film.I give this movie a B- or 3 stars.
I enjoyed this movie a lot it's the best movue i've ever seen since scarface. If i could i would give this movie six or seven stars.
This movie was good from beginning to the end. It described the urban community and their neighborhoods. It also shows what can happen for the love of the almighty dollar !!!
Paid In Full is the best movie since Scarface. This movie is beatifully wrote and directed. Cam'Ron, making his acting debut, brings the best performance from rapper ever. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat with numerous twist and turns in the plot. This based on a true story film is a must have for anyone who is a fan of a good drug trade movie.
'It's the best movie i seen ina long time.'