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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Deal with this. The only breaks you get are the ones you take. 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Cleo: Countin all this money is harder than working for Luther! HA HA HA!
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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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