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Setup (2011)

A group of friends become involved in a potentially deadly diamond heist.


Mike Gunther





Cast overview, first billed only:
50 Cent ... Sonny (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Ryan Phillippe ... Vincent Long
Bruce Willis ... Biggs
Rory Markham ... Markus
Jenna Dewan ... Mia
Brett Granstaff ... Dave Hall
Randy Couture ... Petey
Susie Abromeit ... Valerie
Ron Turner Ron Turner ... Tony
James Remar ... William Long
Jay Karnes ... Russell
Shaun Toub ... Roth
Will Yun Lee ... Joey
Ralph Lister ... Professor
Alex Safi ... Frank


A group of friends plan out a detailed heist that turns deadly when one betrays the other by taking off with the goods. Taking matters into his own hands, Sonny seeks out his revenge teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town to get back what is rightfully his. When he finally comes face to face with his longtime friend he will be forced to make a life changing choice. Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager

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shotgun | kiss | hood | heist | diamond | See All (22) »


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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Setup (2011) is the first film to star both Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Bruce Willis, with Fire with Fire (2012) being the second and The Prince (2014) being the third. While they share scenes together in this film, they do not share scenes together in Fire with Fire or The Prince. See more »


The Butcher states there are 207 bones in the body, when there are in fact only 206 bones. See more »


[first lines]
Sonny: When I was younger I wanted to be a priest. I was going into the battle to save men's souls from the evil of the world. But as I got older, I saw the world for what it really was. It wasn't so much who I was going to save, but what was going to save the world from me.
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Another Weak Rip-off of Guy Ritchie's Style
28 January 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Detroit, Sonny (50 Cent), Vincent Long (Ryan Phillippe) and Dave Hall (Brett Granstaff) are friends since high-school. They reunite to successfully heist 5 million dollars in diamonds in a daring operation. However, Sonny and Dave are betrayed by Vincent that shots them and steel the diamonds.

Sonny miraculously saves and seeks revenge against Vincent. Meanwhile the owner of the diamonds sends a hit-man to find Sonny and Vincent while the powerful mobster Biggs (Bruce Willis) forces Sonny to steal 2 million dollars from a Russian mafia. Sonny seeks out Vincent not only to revenge, but also to get rid off Biggs and his gangsters.

"Setup" is a disappointing film with a poor screenplay. Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe and James Remar have minor participations and the character of 50 Cent is not well developed with an ambiguous personality. The director Mike Gunther makes another weak rip-off of Guy Ritchie's style and this comedy-action movie does not work. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Sem Lei" ("Without Law")

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Release Date:

13 October 2011 (Russia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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