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''Paid in Full'' is a 2002 crime drama film starring Creator/WoodHarris, Creator/MekhiPhifer and Creator/CamRon. Based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez (portrayed in the film as Ace, Mitch, and Rico, respectively), the film chronicles their rise and fall as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.

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''Paid in Full'' is a 2002 crime drama film starring Creator/WoodHarris, Creator/MekhiPhifer and Creator/CamRon.Music/CamRon. Based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez (portrayed in the film as Ace, Mitch, and Rico, respectively), the film chronicles their rise and fall as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.



* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Played straight with Mitch and Rico, who deliberately seek fame and glory, indulging heavily in flashy cars, clothes, and jewellery. Subverted with Ace, who prefers to keep a lower profile, and who at one point chides Rico for drawing too much attention with his antics.

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* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Played straight with Mitch and Rico, who deliberately seek fame and glory, indulging heavily in flashy cars, clothes, and jewellery. jewelry. Subverted with Ace, who prefers to keep a lower profile, and who at one point chides Rico for drawing too much attention with his antics.antics.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The introduction perfectly portrays each main character's personalities. Doubles as {{Foreshadowing}}. Ace is pretty quiet and mostly lets Mitch and Rico do the talking. When Mitch needs some money, he's more than happy to give it to him. Mitch is smug and flashy until he ends up taking a bet he flubs, and has to turn to Ace for money to recoup. Rico is being as obnoxious as possible and peer pressures Mitch into doing something he probably shouldn't, namely the trashketball bet, and is a bit aggressive about getting his money from Mitch. When he doesn't easily get it, he takes away all of Mitch's food.


''Paid in Full'' is a 2002 crime drama film starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. Based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez (portrayed in the film as Ace, Mitch, and Rico, respectively), the film chronicles their rise and fall as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.

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''Paid in Full'' is a 2002 crime drama film starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer Creator/WoodHarris, Creator/MekhiPhifer and Cam'ron.Creator/CamRon. Based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez (portrayed in the film as Ace, Mitch, and Rico, respectively), the film chronicles their rise and fall as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.

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* CaptainErsatz: Many of the characters’ names are slight spins on the names of the people they’re based on.
** Azie Faison: “Ace Boogie”
** Rich Porter: “Mitch”
** Alpo Martinez: “Rico”


* WouldHurtAChild: To show they're serious, Sonny's kidnappers cut off one of his fingers and send it to Mitch. And when they don't get the ransom they were promised [[spoiler: (on account of Mitch's death), they kill Sonny.]]

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* WouldHurtAChild: To show they're serious, Sonny's kidnappers cut off one of his fingers and send it to Mitch. And when they don't get the ransom they were promised [[spoiler: (on account of Mitch's death), they kill Sonny.]]]]
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Paid in Full is a 2002 crime drama film starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. It is based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez, who are portrayed in the film as Ace (AZ), Mitch (Rich) and Rico (Alpo), respectively. The film chronicles their rise and fall as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.

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in Full Full'' is a 2002 crime drama film starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. It is based Based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez, who are portrayed Martinez (portrayed in the film as Ace (AZ), Mitch (Rich) Ace, Mitch, and Rico (Alpo), respectively. The Rico, respectively), the film chronicles their rise and fall as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.



* HowWeGotHere: The film opens with Ace opening the door to an apartment, only to be violently dragged inside. The first two acts of the film show all the events up to that point.

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** Rico also qualifies as someone willing to work with Ace and Mitch, [[spoiler: but who kills Mitch to keep all the money from the sale Mitch was using to raise Sonny's ransom.]]
* GanglandDriveby: Rico kills [[spoiler: Calvin]] in this way, in retaliation for [[spoiler: Calvin shooting Ace.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ace gets revenge on Rico by giving him the "out of town connects", [[spoiler: who turn out to be the undercover cops that tried to entrap Ace earlier in the film, thus using Rico's own greed against him.]]
* HowWeGotHere: The film opens with Ace opening the door to an apartment, only to be violently dragged inside. The first two acts of the film show all the events are what leads up to that point.



* RevealingInjury: After Mitch's death, Ace is talking to Rico when he notices an injury on Rico's face. [[spoiler: It's how he deduces that Rico killed Mitch, because Mitch told him that he was meeting Rico but Rico lied about not having seen Mitch all day.]]

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* RevealingInjury: [[spoiler: After Mitch's death, death]], Ace is talking to Rico when he notices an injury on Rico's face. Rico claims that he got it from rough sex. [[spoiler: It's how he deduces that Rico killed He also lies about not having seen Mitch, because even though Mitch told him Ace that he was meeting Rico but to raise the ransom money, which allows Ace to conclude that Rico lied about not having seen Mitch all day.killed Mitch.]]


* FaceHeelTurn: In the beginning, neighborhood dealer Calvin is friendly to Ace, dating his sister, and giving him large tips at the dry cleaners. His arrest creates the opening for Ace to become a successful dealer and to repay the favour, Ace gives Calvin some territory upon his release. However, Calvin quickly grows dissatisfied with starting so low on the ladder and decides to strike out on his own again. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that it's he and an accomplice who are the ones that drag Ace into the apartment in the film's opening in order to rob him.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: In the beginning, neighborhood dealer Calvin is friendly to Ace, dating his sister, and giving him large tips at the dry cleaners. His arrest creates the opening for Ace to become a successful dealer and to repay the favour, Ace gives Calvin some territory upon his release. However, Calvin quickly grows dissatisfied with starting so low on the ladder and decides to strike out on his own again. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that it's he and an accomplice who are the ones that drag dragged Ace into the apartment in the film's opening in order to rob him.]]



* JustAGangster: [[spoiler: While recovering from being shot,]] Ace decides he wants to leave the drug game. Mitch, on the other hand, chooses to stay because, in his words, "I love the game".
* RevealingInjury: After Mitch's death, Ace is talking to Rico when he notices an injury on Rico's face. [[spoiler: It's how he deduces that Rico killed Mitch, because Mitch gave him that injury.]]

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* JustAGangster: [[spoiler: While recovering from being shot,]] Ace decides he wants to leave the drug game. Mitch, on the other hand, chooses to stay because, in his words, "I love the game".
* RevealingInjury: After Mitch's death, Ace is talking to Rico when he notices an injury on Rico's face. [[spoiler: It's how he deduces that Rico killed Mitch, because Mitch gave told him that injury.he was meeting Rico but Rico lied about not having seen Mitch all day.]]


* RevealingInjury: After Mitch's death, Ace is talking to Rico when he notices an injury on his face. [[spoiler: It's how he deduces that Rico killed Mitch, because Mitch gave him that injury.]]

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* RevealingInjury: After Mitch's death, Ace is talking to Rico when he notices an injury on his Rico's face. [[spoiler: It's how he deduces that Rico killed Mitch, because Mitch gave him that injury.]]


Paid in Full is a 2002 crime drama film starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. It is based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez, who are portrayed in the film as Ace (AZ), Mitch (Rich) and Rico (Alpo), respectively. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Ace, Mitch and Rico as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.

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Paid in Full is a 2002 crime drama film starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. It is based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez, who are portrayed in the film as Ace (AZ), Mitch (Rich) and Rico (Alpo), respectively. The film chronicles the their rise and fall of Ace, Mitch and Rico as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.


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* RevealingInjury: After Mitch's death, Ace is talking to Rico when he notices an injury on his face. [[spoiler: It's how he deduces that Rico killed Mitch, because Mitch gave him that injury.]]


* RetroactiveRecognition: Wood Harris AKA [[TheWire Avon Barksdale]] as Ace.

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Paid in Full is a 2002 crime drama film starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer and Cam'ron. It is based on the lives of real-life Harlem drug dealers Azie "AZ" Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez, who are portrayed in the film as Ace (AZ), Mitch (Rich) and Rico (Alpo), respectively. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Ace, Mitch and Rico as cocaine dealers in Harlem during the 1980s.

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* AdultFear: Near the end of the film, Mitch's kid brother Sonny is kidnapped for ransom.
* CoolCar: Every successful drug dealer in the film has one, whether it's a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Rico, in particular, loves motorcycles.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Played straight with Mitch and Rico, who deliberately seek fame and glory, indulging heavily in flashy cars, clothes, and jewellery. Subverted with Ace, who prefers to keep a lower profile, and who at one point chides Rico for drawing too much attention with his antics.
* EtTuBrute: In order to pay Sonny's ransom, Mitch enlists Rico's help to quickly sell some cocaine. [[spoiler: Instead, Rico kills Mitch and [[GoldFever steals his money and drugs]].]]
** Sonny's kidnapping turns out to have been [[spoiler: orchestrated by his uncle Ice, who resented Mitch for not providing him any money and for kicking him out of his mother's apartment.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: In the beginning, neighborhood dealer Calvin is friendly to Ace, dating his sister, and giving him large tips at the dry cleaners. His arrest creates the opening for Ace to become a successful dealer and to repay the favour, Ace gives Calvin some territory upon his release. However, Calvin quickly grows dissatisfied with starting so low on the ladder and decides to strike out on his own again. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that it's he and an accomplice who are the ones that drag Ace into the apartment in the film's opening in order to rob him.]]
* HowWeGotHere: The film opens with Ace opening the door to an apartment, only to be violently dragged inside. The first two acts of the film show all the events up to that point.
* JustAGangster: [[spoiler: While recovering from being shot,]] Ace decides he wants to leave the drug game. Mitch, on the other hand, chooses to stay because, in his words, "I love the game".
* RetroactiveRecognition: Wood Harris AKA [[TheWire Avon Barksdale]] as Ace.
* TheStoolPigeon: Rico becomes a Betrayer Barry when he's arrested by the undercover FBI agents that were originally trying to catch Ace. He agrees to "snitch" on his "connects" (drug dealing connections), but refuses to give up anyone in Harlem in the hopes that he'll reclaim his position when he's released.
* WouldHurtAChild: To show they're serious, Sonny's kidnappers cut off one of his fingers and send it to Mitch. And when they don't get the ransom they were promised [[spoiler: (on account of Mitch's death), they kill Sonny.]]

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