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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

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 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, pervasive language, some sex and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the first drafts of the script, the character of Stoney (Jada Pinkett) was addicted to crack. This was later written out of the script. See more »

Goofs

During the initial bank robbery, Darnell is holding a hostage in a headlock. He is to the right of the hostage and facing teller Frankie. He has his revolver pressed against the right temple of the hostage. He fires the gun and in the next scene, the hostage falls to the ground and a gunshot wound can be seen on the left temple of the hostage. The right temple can also be seen, but it is absent of any marks or wounds. See more »

Quotes

Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: [after Stony gives T.T. her share] T.T.? She ain't gettin a cut!
Lida 'Stony' Newsom: Look, Frankie I ain't for your shit tonight all right? T.T. needs it more than any of us.
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: Look, she didn't do anything. She walked out!
Cleo: Who the fuck cares? She was there.
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: [shouts] No, fuck that! She didn't do nothin' so she ain't gettin nothin!
Tisean 'T.T.' Williams: Forget it! Frankie I don't want your money. Now if you wanna kick my ass then come on let's just get it over with cuz I am sick of your *shit*! I need that money.
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: It ain't you I'm mad at.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the Directors Cut, after Stoney attacks Detective Strode, a scene is inserted where Cleo, Frankie & Tisean comfort a grieving Stoney in her house. See more »

Connections

References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Volume 10
Written by Hawkins/Nick Vidal (as N. Vidal)/Eric Vidal (as E. Vidal)/Roger Troutman (as Troutman)
Courtesy of Immortal Records
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very good but very sad too...
24 April 2003 | by whoTheFuqRyouSee all my reviews

I thought this was great. I am not being biased because of the fact that F. Gary Gray directed this but this was actually a very good movie. There is so much in this movie that really made me feel bad for the female quartet of bank robbers: (1. Stony degrades herself in order to put her brother through college only to find out he didn't get in and to see him shot dead minutes later (2. T.T., a single mom gets her pay docked, and is forced to bring her son to work who is hospitalized there as well (3. Frankie is robbed at gunpoint by some rockheads from her hood and loses her job because she didn't follow the procedure, and knowin' the game you're not supposed to snitch on someone from your own block 'cause that puts you at risk and (4. Cleo, the trigger happy, dyked out robber of the bunch has led a life of crime and has no one to turn to but her girlfriend and best friends.

This was such a wonderful movie because the action was definitely present here and the acting(especially Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah) was great! Not only was the action there but the sentiment of the girls and what they've been through and what they go through shows how unfortunate they were and even worse, I damn near almost started crying at the ending 'cause it made me feel so bad. Christopher Young score well with the BGM of this flick to put the cherry on top.

very wonderful movie with a conscience 10/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Set It Off 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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