The Set Up (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  23 July 1995 (USA)
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Charlie Thorpe, a security systems expert, gets caught during a robbery. When he is released from jail he is hired by a bank owner to design a fool proof system during the refurbishing of a... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
Lisa Collins ...
Vince Deadrick Jr. ...
Julia (as Paula Coburn)
Cop #1
Cop #2
Tom Muzila ...


Charlie Thorpe, a security systems expert, gets caught during a robbery. When he is released from jail he is hired by a bank owner to design a fool proof system during the refurbishing of a bank. But shortly after it's finished he is blackmailed into cracking the security. Written by Brian W Martz <>

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The perfect set up for fans of electrifying thrillers!


Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexuality and violent action, and for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 July 1995 (USA)  »

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A Armadilha  »

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The Set Up aired on the television channel Showtime on July 23, 1995 in the USA. See more »

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Will Make You Sick to Your Stomach
20 July 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

I wonder why are there so few reviews and so little discussion about this movie? At first, it's seems like a typical 1995 b-movie with the exact feel from that era. It started off great. Nicely filmed, starring Billy Zane (normally an excellent actor), James 'freaken' Coburn! How can it go wrong? Oh, man does it go wrong.

I caught it for free on Amazon Prime and I should have been paid to watch it. I suggest that you get together with a group of friends with your remote handy. Every time someone in the cast does something that is completely foreign to what a normal human who lives on earth would do, take a shot of beer. By the end of the movie, you and all your friends will be rip- roaring drunk and projective vomiting on each other between fits of laughter. For extra credit, have a bottle of jack Daniels handy. Every time one of the characters makes an unfulfilled threat such as: "You have (fill in blank) seconds to (fill in blank) or I'm going to (fill in blank)" and then doesn't do ANYTHING, please take a shot. It will add to the the hilarity. Examples: "If I don't see her in five seconds, I am going to kill you!" 1-2-3-4-5. Nothing. "If you ever touch me again, I'll kill you!" The guy touches him again, and doesn't get killed. This happens over and over and over again. All kidding aside, who is the writer of this movie? There is no way he has ever written a movie.

Horrific writing, truly absurd plot twists, a serious gem of stupidity and cliché movie-making. Should most definitely be part of any bad movie aficionado arsenal!

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