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Release Date:
6 November 1996 (USA) See more »
Deal with this. The only breaks you get are the ones you take. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jada Pinkett Smith ... Lida 'Stony' Newsom (as Jada Pinkett)

Queen Latifah ... Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims

Vivica A. Fox ... Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton

Kimberly Elise ... Tisean 'T.T.' Williams

John C. McGinley ... Detective Strode

Blair Underwood ... Keith Weston
Vincent Baum ... Jajuan
Van Baum ... Jajuan

Chaz Lamar Shepherd ... Stevie Newsom (as Chaz Lamar Shepard)

Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Luther (as Thom Byrd)

Charles Robinson ... Nate Andrews (as Charlie Robinson)

Ella Joyce ... Detective Waller

Anna Maria Horsford ... Ms. Wells
Samantha MacLachlan ... Ursula
Samuel Monroe Jr. ... Lorenz

WC ... Darnell
Edmund L. Shaff ... Mr. Zachery (as Edmund Shaff)

Natalie Desselle Reid ... Tanika (as Natalie Desselle)

Dr. Dre ... Black Sam
Bruce Williams ... Bruce
Gordon Embry ... Doctor
Charles Walker ... Captain Fredricks

Geoff Callan ... Nigel

Rosanna Iversen ... Patrice

Jeris Poindexter ... Pete Rodney

Tamara Clatterbuck ... Luther's Girlfriend
Tonia Rowe ... Waitress
Big Daddy Wayne ... B.B.
Mark Thompson ... TV Anchor

Darryl Gibson ... Bundy

Twain Taylor ... Detective

Walter Robles ... Homeless Man

George Fisher ... Cop
Brantley Bush ... Bank Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bronson ... Police Officer (uncredited)

F. Gary Gray ... Guy Driving Low Rider (uncredited)

Barbara Anne Klein ... Bank Manager (uncredited)

Francesca Poston ... (uncredited)

Byron Quiros ... LAPD Officer (uncredited)

George Marshall Ruge ... Undercover Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
F. Gary Gray 
Writing credits
Takashi Bufford (story)

Takashi Bufford (screenplay) and
Kate Lanier (screenplay)

Produced by
Allen Alsobrook .... co-producer
Takashi Bufford .... co-producer
Bob Degus .... associate producer (as Robert J. Degus)
F. Gary Gray .... executive producer
Oren Koules .... producer
Mary Parent .... executive producer
Dale Pollock .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Marc Reshovsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Carter 
Casting by
Robi Reed  (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
Set Decoration by
Lance Lombardo 
Costume Design by
Sylvia Vega-Vasquez 
Makeup Department
Paul Anthony .... hair stylist
Carol Brown .... makeup artist
Ora Green .... hair stylist
Rea Ann Silva .... makeup artist
Phyllis Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joe Fineman .... executive in charge of post-production
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Diana Kaufman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelangelo Csaba Bolla .... assistant director
Regina Gordon .... assistant director
Basil Grillo .... dga trainee
Sandra M. Middleton .... assistant director
Donald Sparks .... assistant director
Don Wilkerson .... assistant director
Art Department
Jimmy Adams .... set designer
George Atamian .... set dresser
John Paul 'J.P.' Jones .... property master
Dean B. Katz .... lead man
Tamara Murphy .... assistant property master
John 'Skip' Weaver .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... assistant dialogue editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Gabriel Cubos .... boom operator
Paul Curtis .... foley editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
David Farmer .... sound effects editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording assistant
Elisabeth Flaum .... sound effects editor
William Freesh .... sound re-recording mixer
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Lightstone .... sound
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Paul Menichini .... sound editor
Paul Menichini .... sound effects editor
Mike Moser .... sound effects editor
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Ann Scibelli .... supervising sound editor
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Rick St. Hilaire .... sound engineer
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Brandon Walker .... adr recordist
Harry Woolway .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects boy (as Charlie Belardinelli)
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... special effects (as Tom Bellissimo)
Joel P. Blanchard .... special effects technician
Frank Iudica .... special effects technician
Malia Thompson .... special effects assistant
George Zamora .... pyrotechnician
Chuck Aaron .... stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts (as Mike Adams)
Rick Avery .... stunts
LaFaye Baker .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Perry Barndt .... stunts
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunts (as Daniel Barringer)
Charles Belardinelli .... stunts
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... stunts (as Tommy L. Bellissimo)
John L. Bennett .... stunts (as John Lendale Bennett)
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Bob Bralver .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (as Anthony Brubaker)
Hal Burton .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (as Roydon Elwood Clark)
Jadie David .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts
Scott A. Dunley .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem .... stunts (as Rosine 'Ace' Hatem)
Glenn Hermans .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunts
Claudette James .... stunt double: Kimberlie Elise
Donna Keegan .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Kelsee King-Devoreaux .... stunt double: Stony
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunts (as Fred Learner)
Frank Lloyd .... stunts
Denver Mattson .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator
Bob Minor .... stunts
Rita Minor .... stunt double: Cleo
Roger Minor .... stunts (as Roger Minor Jr.)
Faith Minton .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Francine Morris .... stunt double: Frankie (as Francine 'Scene' Morris)
Chris Novicki .... stunt performer
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts
Alan D. Purwin .... stunts (as Alan Purwin)
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts (as Mike Sarna)
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Robair Sims .... stunts
Ben Skorstad .... stunts
John Tamburro .... helicopter stunt pilot
George P. Wilbur .... stunts
Gerard G. Williams .... stunts (as Gerard Williams)
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... stunts (as Robert 'Bobby Z.' Zajonc)
Kevin Beard .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Allen Brock .... stunt player (uncredited)
Kelsee King-Devoreaux .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... best boy grip
Kevin Garnett .... video assist operator
Steve Hassenpflug .... electrician
Jon Kranhouse .... aerial photographer
Duane Manwiller .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Juan Morse .... electrician
Karl Owens .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jon Philion .... assistant chief lighting technician
Steve Reinhardt .... electrician
D. Stevens .... still photographer
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam assistant
Henry Tirl .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Don Tomich .... rigging gaffer
Andy Waldron .... dolly grip
Richard Kelley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Darren Michaels .... additional unit photographer (uncredited)
David Rudd .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paulette E. Holmon .... costume supervisor
Monica Vasquez .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Mato .... color timer
Dirk Westervelt .... associate editor
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Anna Bonn .... score coordinator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Barry Eastmond .... composer: additional music
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Larry Mah .... score mixer
Pilar McCurry .... music supervisor
David Reynolds .... electronic score supervisor
Dana Sano .... music executive
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Melodee Sutton .... music coordinator
Joseph Warlick .... composer: additional music
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Richard Ziegler .... additional music editor
Richard Ziegler .... music editor
Joshua Winget .... music playback (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Russ Tolliver .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Anthony .... location manager
Matt Boatright-Simon .... production assistant
Keith Bohanan .... assistant location manager
Stanley Bennett Clay .... adr voice artist
David Crockett .... production accountant
Robert L. Dohan .... location manager
Andre Gaudry .... assistant location manager
Karen R. Jones .... unit publicist
Angie Lotto .... computer technician
Lance Mancuso .... key medic
Andrew Matthews .... consultant: risk management
Alan D. Purwin .... ground aerial coordinator: additional photography (as Alan Purwin)
Don Richardson .... production assistant
Lou Simon .... technical advisor
John Tamburro .... helicopter pilot
Lavern Whitt .... production assistant
Branko Wohlfahrt .... weapon specialist
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Pamella D'Pella .... location manager (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, pervasive language, some sex and drug use
123 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (w) | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:18 | Norway:15 | Philippines:X | Singapore:R(A) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | UK:15 (new rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | USA:R | USA:R (certificate #45339) (director's cut)

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To prepare for the role of Detective Strode, John C. Mcginley worked with a retired Detective from the LAPD.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When T.T has just died and Stony is kissing her forehead to leave her in the SUV, you can see her still breathing as the door is being closed.See more »
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton:Cleo, you go to survey the line for the COW.
Cleo:COW? There's gonna be a cow up in there?
Lida 'Stony' Newsom:[sighs] ... Stop smoking weed.
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the top ten action flicks of 1996, 11 February 2005
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A formula caper film,but not in the style of Ridley Scott's "Thelma and Louise",the film "Set It Off",offers the novelty of a quartet of young black working-class girls from South Central Los Angeles who turn to bank robbing when times get tough. Although the characters are well played with some of great and intense action scenes makes for an uneven mix of social drama and exploitation film,from which the likes haven't see since the days of the 1970's action blaxploitation films. Bank teller Frankie Scott(Vivica A. Fox)is fired from her job and joins three friends in working for a late-night cleaning service. Complaining about the work,she suggests in jest that they rob a bank. Cleo(Queen Latifah),a hard-drinking tough-as-nails female,and the only one in the group with a criminal record,is seriously interested. Both Stony(Jada Pinkett-Smith),a young woman trying to put here brother through college,and Tisean(Kimberly Elise),a single mother,dismiss the motion out of hand.

Events take a turn for the worst when Stony's brother,Stevie(Chaz Lamar Shepard),is killed by the police in a case of mistaken identity,and Tisean's son is taken away from her by Child Protective Services after he accidentally swallows cleaning fluid at the girls' workplace. Frankie insists that,with her knowledge of banks,they can plan a foolproof job,and she and Cleo convince the other two that they can get out of South Central Los Angeles for good with enough cash. Stony,is sent to case Downtown Federal,where she catches the eye of Keith,a handsome,well-educated bank manager(Blair Underwood),who gives her his phone number. They soon began dating.

The four girls execute their first bank job wearing wigs and sunglasses and make off with $12,000. A second robbery nets them $300,000,enough for them to leave L.A. They hide the loot inside an air vent in the cleaning office. They decide to wait three days before leaving town,until after Tisean's court date to get her child back. Meanwhile, Detective Strode(John C. McGinley)and his female partner Detective Waller(Ella Joyce) doggedly pursue all leads and identify Stony,Frankie and Cleo as suspects. Learning that their boss,Luther(Thom Byrd),has fled with the stolen money,the girls enlist the aid of an notorious gunrunner,Black Sam(Andre "Dr. Dre" Young),who is also a local gang leader,to track Luther to a seedy motel. When Luther pulls a gun out on Cleo,Tisean shoots and kills him. But they are unable to find the money.

The girls pull one last bank job-at Downtown Federal,where Keith works. In order to get Keith out of the bank during the robbery,Stony calls him and tells him to meet her. Strode and his partner interrupt the robbery and get the drop on all four girls. In the ensuing confrontation,a bank guard fires and wounds Tisean and is then shot by Stony. The girls flee with the money and manage to elude the police for several hours. Before the night is over,Tisean dies from her wounds,and Cleo and Frankie are both killed by police bullets in separate incidents. Stony manages to get on a bus to Mexico and freedom. She calls Keith and thanks him.

The motion picture,"Set It Off" offers the audience four intriguing young black female characters,a rare grouping in any Hollywood movie and from the strength of this film went on to become one of the top ten best action films of 1996. Three of the group who stars in "Set It Off",constitute the hottest young black female actresses of their day. You have Jada Pinkett-Smith("The Nutty Professor","Menace II Society", "Jason's Lyric","Collateral"),Vivica A. Fox("Independence Day","Soul Food"),rapper-sitcom-singer star Queen Latifah(from the television series "Living Single","Chicago"),not to mention at the time newcomer Kimberly Elise("John Q","Diary of a Angry Black Woman"). What made this film so very riveting to watch was the electrifying performance of actress Queen Latifah,in one of the most surprising roles ever accompanish by a actress,is a thrill to watch as Cleo. No one else but Latifah can bring this riveting and pulsating character to life with her outlandish style of gun-toting and sometimes extremely foul mouthed criminal flair. Instead,"Set It Off" is fast paced and very well-acted.

The director F. Gary Gray,most notably for the original comedy "Friday",with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker,and the fast paced crime thriller "The Negotiator",with Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson makes imaginative use of L.A. landscape,but still will leave a feeling of social conscience,especially when it touches the issue concerning the explosive rage inside the angry black woman,and the harsh realities of trying to survive in a rugged landscape.

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