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Set It Off (1996)

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Desperation drives four inner-city women to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting each other.

Director:

F. Gary Gray

Writers:

Takashi Bufford (story), Takashi Bufford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Stony (as Jada Pinkett)
Queen Latifah ... Cleo
Vivica A. Fox ... Frankie
Kimberly Elise ... Tisean
John C. McGinley ... Detective Strode
Blair Underwood ... Keith
Vincent Baum Vincent Baum ... Jajuan
Van Baum Van Baum ... Jajuan
Chaz Lamar Shepherd ... Stevie (as Chaz Lamar Shepard)
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Luther (as Thom Byrd)
Charles Robinson ... Nate (as Charlie Robinson)
Ella Joyce ... Detective Waller
Anna Maria Horsford ... Ms. Wells
Samantha MacLachlan ... Ursula
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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This was F. Gary Gray's second feature film. New Line Cinema selected him as the director following the success of his previous film Friday (1995). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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: You pull ...
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Alternate Versions

When Stoney arrives at Keith's house in her colourful attire, he goes upstairs. In the Directors Cut, a scene is added in which Stoney opens the door to two police men enquiring residents of the area about the recent car theft in the area. Stoney panics, but Keith calms her down. See more »


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Feel So High
Performed by Des'ree (as Des'Ree)
Written by Des'ree (as Des'Ree)/Graves
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The S.W.A. (Sistaz With Attitude)
18 December 2001 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

"Set It Off" is about four African-American women(Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise) who decide to go out and rob a few banks. They don't rob banks for sheer enjoyment or because they have nothing better to do. No, they rob them because they are getting back at "the system" that they feel has screwed them over in their lives. Here are the reasons: in the opening bank robbery sequence, Frankie(Fox), who was at the time a teller, was fired simply because she knew the suspect who robbed it; Stony's(Smith) younger brother, Stevie was killed by police after being mistaken for the robbery suspect; Cleo(Latifah) joins them simply because she is p***ed off at society; Tisean(Elise) is a single mother who is barely able to support her son and when he is accidently poisoned and taken away by child services, decides she has no other choice. I feel I must point out that up until that point, she is reluctant to join the other three women.

This is a really good movie that is definitely Oscar-worthy material. Maybe not for the Best Picture category, but definitely Oscar-worthy. The performances are excellent especially from all four of our young stars. Queen Latifah should definitely should have gotten an Oscar or Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her portrayal of a fiery lesbian is right on key. F. Gary Gray, who also directed Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in "Friday", is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. I don't think you should really call "Set It Off" an action movie since there isn't really action until the ending.

A line from the movie, "if that crackhead Darnell can rob a bank, then so can we." This quote outlines the main message that the movie is trying to tell: the social standing of women in our society, saying that they have rights too. The movie says that women can basically do anything men can do (and probably better) and they must be applauded for their efforts. Now I'm not saying that women should all go out and round up their friends and start robbing banks. Director F. Gary Gray definitely should be praised for his smart casting choices.

10/10

P.S.: Now from the sound of this review, I've probably got you thinking I'm a woman. Wrong! I'm just a 16 year-old boy from Virginia.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,812,105, 10 November 1996

Gross USA:

$36,461,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,590,886
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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