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Set It Off (1996)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  6 November 1996 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Lida 'Stony' Newsom (as Jada Pinkett)
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Vincent Baum ...
Jajuan
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Jajuan
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Stevie Newsom (as Chaz Lamar Shepard)
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Luther (as Thom Byrd)
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Nate Andrews (as Charlie Robinson)
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Detective Waller
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Ms. Wells
Samantha MacLachlan ...
Ursula
Samuel Monroe Jr. ...
Lorenz
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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 <robert.drake@index.com>

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


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

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$36,049,108 (USA) (28 February 1997)
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According To Former New Line Cinema Executive Helena Echegoyen She Had Seen Thelma&Louise And She Picture A idea To Screenwriter Takashi Bufford Who Wrote a 40 Page Screenplay. See more »

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When Cleo crashes through the bank with the SUV and picks up the girls, the tire marks can be seen already in the carpet before they reverse and crash into the adjacent restaurant. See more »

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Lida 'Stony' Newsom: [singing on the roof] Frankie wanna blow-up a bank, UH! Frankie wanna rob a bank, UH!
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Spoofs The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Love Theme From The Godfather
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A Well Done Sleeper
30 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Set it Off" is another brilliant little B sleeper by the talented F. Gary Gray. What sets this film apart from your routine crime caper/heist flick is that it features some very impressive and strong performances by Jada Pinkett-Smith (one of her very best roles) and Quen Latifah. Vivica Fox, Kimberly Elise and the underrated John C. McGinty were also quite effective in supporting roles. Blair Underwood, who I lilke, was sort of wasted as reverse eye candy. The love story sub plot was a bit if a distraction, only in a minor way. But at the core of this film was the bond between these ladies, all driven to rob banks for various reasons. What they all shared was their desperation. Instead of cliched cardboard characters, we are served pretty well fleshed out characters with as much depth as time allows. Some have mentioned they didn't like the ending, but I rather did. Queen Latifah was outstanding as a hardened career criminal. There is one scene where Jada's character stands up to her and it's tasty.

All in all, a pretty dang good thriller film that should be seen. The performances are what elevates it above the norm for this genre.


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