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Release Date: October 25th, 2002

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2003

R|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
In the late 1980s, Ace (Wood Harris) is a young man employed by a Harlem dry cleaning shop, working hard to stay out of the drug business. While making deliveries, he meets Lulu (Esai Morales), a drug dealer who convinces Ace to join him. Ace recruits his friends Mitch (Mekhi Phifer) and Rico (Cam'ron), and the trio become major players in the Harlem drug underworld, a violent business that will test the friends' loyalty and wits as the money rolls in and the dangers grow beyond their control.

Cast: Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Kevin Carroll, Esai Morales, Chi McBride, Cam'ron , Remo Green, Cynthia Martells

Director: Charles Stone III

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Miramax Films, Dimension Films

Distributors: Miramax Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The movie is ambitious, has good energy and is well-acted, but tells a familiar story in a familiar way. The parallels to Brian De Palma's "Scarface" are underlined by scenes from that movie which are watched by the characters in this one. show more

  • It's good, hard-edged stuff, violent and a bit exploitative but also nicely done, morally alert and street-smart. show more

  • An intelligent crime drama, not because of the criminal activity it dramatizes but because of its powerful examination of the forces that drive criminals. show more

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