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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lida 'Stony' Newsom (as Jada Pinkett)
... Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims
... Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton
... Tisean 'T.T.' Williams
... Detective Strode
... Keith Weston
Vincent Baum ... Jajuan
Van Baum ... Jajuan
... Stevie Newsom (as Chaz Lamar Shepard)
... Luther (as Thom Byrd)
... Nate Andrews (as Charlie Robinson)
... Detective Waller
... Ms. Wells
... Ursula
... 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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Deal with this. The only breaks you get are the ones you take. 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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6 November 1996 (USA)  »

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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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The female characters' full names are: Lida "Stoney" Newsome, Cleopatra "Cleo" Sims, Francesca "Frankie" Sutton and Tisean "T.T." Williams. 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

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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It has its flaws, but when it works, wow.
30 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Here's a movie that bombed because nobody had any idea how to advertise it. It turns out that "Set it Off" is the devastatingly sad story behind a string of unusual bank robberies. I highly recommend it as you really grow to care about the characters, which makes the final act all the more harrowing. My only problem is that the romantic subplot seems out of place. Other then that, make sure you have a box of tissues ready.


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