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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The Movie's Soundtrack Was A Huge Hit It Reached Number 4 On The Billboard Chart And When The Movie Was Released On Pay Per View,New Line Cinema Gave Viewers The Soundtrack When They Ordererd The Long Kiss Goodnight Another Movie Made By New Line. See more »


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 »


Cleo: [refering to the cassette tapes] Shit,
[looks at another one]
Cleo: Shit,
[trows them out the car]
Cleo: [tells stony] Pass me a tape.
Lida 'Stony' Newsom: Lets go Cleo.
Cleo: [whining] I aint goin' no where 'til you pass me a tape!
Lida 'Stony' Newsom: [throws her a tape] TAKE THAT SHIT, LETS GO!
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this movie shows us the possibility of what we might do
2 July 1999 | by (W Palm Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

This movie gives us a graphic insight into the possibility of what people might do under certain circumstances and situations. These young ladies' misfortunes in life have driven them to do something that otherwise would not have entered their minds: robbing a bank. Their participation in this criminal activity is a crying-out against the evils of their society and environment. In other words, they are saying "because of what you did to me...this is how I will respond". Anyone who has seen this film honestly knows that what they're doing is just as morally wrong as what has happened to each of them, but, for some deep-seated reason, we find ourselves rooting for them - even hoping that they get away with it. Each character reveals a problematic area in our working society: unfair employment and termination practices, inadequate childcare options, hindrances and distractions of the ghetto and other social plights and dilemmas.

We may not agree with what these young ladies are doing but somehow we understand. (please see this movie...)

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