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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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Lida 'Stony' Newsom (as Jada Pinkett)
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Vincent Baum ...
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Van Baum ...
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
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Samuel Monroe Jr. ...
Lorenz
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Storyline

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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6 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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F.Gary Gray Ask Vivica A Fox To Read And Audition For Part Of Frankie. See more »

Goofs

While having dinner with Keith, Stony says she's never been to New York. Later when the women meeting the Godfather parody scene it's said that Stony is from the Bronx, this is because in true fashion of the mob each of the women are given nicknames. T.T is "T.T. from Detorit", Stony is "Stony from the Bronx", Cleo is "Cleomensa" and Frankie is the Don. See more »

Quotes

Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: The only way we gonna see cash is if we take a bank.
Cleo: Now see I'm with that shit!
Lida 'Stony' Newsom: Ya'll niggas done lost ya'll mind. We might as well not even tak about this shit no more.
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: Well I'm talkin' 'bout it. And ain't nobody gon stop me from talkin bout it.
Lida 'Stony' Newsom: Well talk is cheap... NIGGA!
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Featured in Setting It Straight: Making 'Set It Off' (2009) See more »

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I'll Be Missing You
Written by Brandy Norwood
Performed by Brandy Norwood, Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight
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It has its flaws, but when it works, wow.
30 March 2003 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Here's a movie that bombed because nobody had any idea how to advertise it. It turns out that "Set it Off" is the devastatingly sad story behind a string of unusual bank robberies. I highly recommend it as you really grow to care about the characters, which makes the final act all the more harrowing. My only problem is that the romantic subplot seems out of place. Other then that, make sure you have a box of tissues ready.


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