Paid in Full

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Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'RonCharles Stone III in Paid in FullWood Harris and Regina HallWood Harris and Mekhi Phifer with director Charles Stone III Still of Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron in Paid in FullExecutive producer Ron Rotholz, Jay Black, producer Damon Dash and Cam'Ron on the set.


A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.5/10 (2,965 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Charles Stone III

Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, Chi McBride

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.

Writers: Azie Faison Jr., Austin Phillips


Wood Harris


Mekhi Phifer


Kevin Carroll


Esai Morales


Chi McBride




Remo Greene


Cynthia Martells


Elise Neal

Aunt June

Regina Hall


Joyce Walker

Janet Woods

(as Joyce Walker Joseph)

Ron C. Jones


(as Ron Cephas Jones)

Nelson Tynes


Karen Andrew


Pedro Salvín

Columbian Man #1

(as Pedro Salvin)

The American Dream… Their way.

Release Date: 25 October 2002

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $1,328,789
(27 October 2002)
(268 Screens)

Gross: $3,042,188
(17 November 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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.


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User Review

this one shines….

Rating: 10/10

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