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Set It Off (1996)

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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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F. Gary Gray

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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 ... 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy dobás See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,807,451, 10 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,049,108, 2 March 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema,Peak Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

When Stony's brother is murdered the same police officers on the scene are the same officers investigating the bank robberies. The murder was a State crime, bank robbery is a Federal crime. The same officers would not be investigating both of those crimes. See more »

Quotes

Cleo: Shit, we're ain't robbing stagecoaches, man! We need something to set it off with.
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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 »


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Point Of No Return
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A Well Done Sleeper
30 April 2003 | by Lexuses71See all my reviews

"Set it Off" is another brilliant little B sleeper by the talented F. Gary Gray. What sets this film apart from your routine crime caper/heist flick is that it features some very impressive and strong performances by Jada Pinkett-Smith (one of her very best roles) and Quen Latifah. Vivica Fox, Kimberly Elise and the underrated John C. McGinty were also quite effective in supporting roles. Blair Underwood, who I lilke, was sort of wasted as reverse eye candy. The love story sub plot was a bit if a distraction, only in a minor way. But at the core of this film was the bond between these ladies, all driven to rob banks for various reasons. What they all shared was their desperation. Instead of cliched cardboard characters, we are served pretty well fleshed out characters with as much depth as time allows. Some have mentioned they didn't like the ending, but I rather did. Queen Latifah was outstanding as a hardened career criminal. There is one scene where Jada's character stands up to her and it's tasty.

All in all, a pretty dang good thriller film that should be seen. The performances are what elevates it above the norm for this genre.


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