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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)
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 <>

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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:

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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Detective Strode: [after Frankie is unexpectedly thrust into a bank robbery while working] Okay, okay. Let's take this from the top.
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: I thought we covered everything.
Detective Strode: How well did you know the perpetrator?
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: I've just known Darnell from around the way, is all. We live in the same projects.
Detective Strode: Frankie, will you do me a favor? Just tell me one thing, and we'll get out of here.
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: Sure.
Detective Strode: What's the procedure when you're being robbed?
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: Look, sir, I kn...
Detective Strode: Stop! Stop! Stop! Now... what's the procedure when you're being robbed?
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: ...
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very good but very sad too...
24 April 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I thought this was great. I am not being biased because of the fact that F. Gary Gray directed this but this was actually a very good movie. There is so much in this movie that really made me feel bad for the female quartet of bank robbers: (1. Stony degrades herself in order to put her brother through college only to find out he didn't get in and to see him shot dead minutes later (2. T.T., a single mom gets her pay docked, and is forced to bring her son to work who is hospitalized there as well (3. Frankie is robbed at gunpoint by some rockheads from her hood and loses her job because she didn't follow the procedure, and knowin' the game you're not supposed to snitch on someone from your own block 'cause that puts you at risk and (4. Cleo, the trigger happy, dyked out robber of the bunch has led a life of crime and has no one to turn to but her girlfriend and best friends.

This was such a wonderful movie because the action was definitely present here and the acting(especially Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah) was great! Not only was the action there but the sentiment of the girls and what they've been through and what they go through shows how unfortunate they were and even worse, I damn near almost started crying at the ending 'cause it made me feel so bad. Christopher Young score well with the BGM of this flick to put the cherry on top.

very wonderful movie with a conscience 10/10

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