Set in the early 1980s, this entry in the African-American urban gangster genre puts character development in the front seat for a change as it rolls through the Harlem streets on its usual rise-and-fall route. Ace (Wood Harris) starts out a laundry delivery guy, but thanks to a chance encounter with a Latin coke dealer (Esai Morales), he quickly works his way to the top of a drug empire. Mitch (Mekhi Phifer) is his more extroverted, colorful pal, the "born hustler" whose bravado hides a tragic family life. For a while the money just keeps rolling in and everyone's happy, but then comes the inevitable turn to tragedy, heralded by the arrival of the brash, trigger-happy Rico (rapper Cam'ron in his screen debut). A sensitive script and moody direction by Charles Stone III allows PAID IN FULL to sidestep a lot of the cliched glamour of similar films. The violence is realistically depicted, and the ultimate emptiness and paranoia of the lifestyle is allowed to manifest slowly through a nice, low-key performance by Harris. Roc-a-Fella mogul Damon Dash produced, based on the true story of Harlem drug lords he remembers from his childhood, one of whom even served as a technical advisor.
Brett Ratner - Director, RUSH HOUR series/X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
Vernon Reid - COMPOSER\"FRESH KILL"
Cam'ron - Actor, PAID IN FULL (2002)
Regina Hall - Actress
Frank Fitzpatrick - MUSIC SUPERVISOR
Jay-Z - Rapper
Jay Z - Rapper
Jay Z - Rapper
Shawn Carter - Rapper
Austin Phillips - Screenwriter, PAID IN FULL (2002)
Chi McBride - Television actor, PUSHING DAISIES
Damon Dash - Actor, STATE PROPERTY (2001)
Elise Neal - Star, PLAYAS BALL (2003)
Thulani Davis - Screenwriter, PAID IN FULL (2002)
Mekhi Phifer - Actor, CLOCKERS
Charles Stone III - Director and Star of TRUE short film... "Whazzup?!"
Paul Sarossy - Director of Photography
Kevin Carroll - Actor
Azie Faison Jr. - Screenwriter, PAID IN FULL (2002)
Esai Morales - Puerto Rican American actor, LA BAMBA, NYPD BLUE
Matthew Cirulnick - Screenwriter, PAID IN FULL (2002)
Wood Harris - REMEMBER THE TITANS