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Set It Off (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 November 1996 (USA)
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Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lida 'Stony' Newsom (as Jada Pinkett)
Vincent Baum ...
Van Baum ...
Stevie Newsom (as Chaz Lamar Shepard)
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ...
Luther (as Thom Byrd)
Nate Andrews (as Charlie Robinson)
Detective Waller
Ms. Wells
Samantha MacLachlan ...
Samuel Monroe Jr. ...


Four Black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, their tastes and interests begin to change and their suspicions of each other increase on the way to a climactic robbery. Written by Robert Drake <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's about crime. It's about payback. It's about survival. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, pervasive language, some sex and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy dobás  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,807,451 (USA) (8 November 1996)


$36,049,108 (USA) (28 February 1997)

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Jada Pinkett Smith Wanted To Play The Part Of Cleo But The Producers Wanted Her For The Role Of Stoney. See more »


When Stony's brother is murdered the same police officers on the scene are the same officers investigating the bank robberies. The murder was a State crime, bank robbery is a Federal crime. The same officers would not be investigating both of those crimes. See more »


Luther: [shouts] What the hell? Cleo, I know you ain't come to work. Ain't been to work and don't call nobody!
Cleo: I'm broke, Luther! Now I know you gonna give me my old job back cos nobody can take shit the way I take shit. Now shut up before I stick that mop up your ass, Luther.
Luther: You better save that for your little girlfriend. Well,
Luther: Get to work, ladies... and gentlemen!
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This Movie Will Blow You Away
17 October 1998 | by (Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie expecting to see just another average gang related film about the Ghetto, but I was proved wrong. It ended with my eyes wide opened and my mouth to the floor. Set It Off is a very Dramatic film and the performances by the four women were done perfectly. Set It Off reached my heart and all my emotions. It starts off light, but ends deep and touching. There is no possible way you could leave from watching this movie without your eyes being flooded. -A heart-filled film that deserved more publicity than it received.

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