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Set It Off (1996)

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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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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Deal with this. The only breaks you get are the ones you take. 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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6 November 1996 (USA)  »

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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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The Banker Party's Scene Was Film At The Biltmore Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

During the initial bank robbery, Darnell is holding a hostage in a headlock. He is to the right of the hostage and facing teller Frankie. He has his revolver pressed against the right temple of the hostage. He fires the gun and in the next scene, the hostage falls to the ground and a gunshot wound can be seen on the left temple of the hostage. The right temple can also be seen, but it is absent of any marks or wounds. See more »

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Cleo: Shit, we're ain't robbing stagecoaches, man! We need something to set it off with.
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Featured in Setting It Straight: Making 'Set It Off' (2009) See more »

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Phenomenal
21 April 2002 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

It is not often that a movie takes on race and gender issues with such bravery and force. They do it here and they succeed in a way that not many will ever be able to match. And by the way, it was a DISGRACE that the academy ever overlooked Kimberly Elise's AMAZING performance in this film.


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