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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.

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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 ... 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:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jada Pinkett Smith and Vivica A Fox would later star together in Kingdom Come (2001). Although they play close friends in this movie they play family relatives in Kingdom Come. See more »

Goofs

When Cleo crashes through the bank with the SUV and picks up the girls, the tire marks can be seen already in the carpet before they reverse and crash into the adjacent restaurant. See more »

Quotes

Cleo: Countin all this money is harder than working for Luther! HA HA HA!
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Alternate Versions

In the Directors Cut, before Stoney goes on her first date with Keith, another scene is included in which the girls watch the news and hear about the bank robbery they committed earlier in the day. See more »


Soundtracks

The Heist
Performed by Da 5 Footaz
Written by Carthorn/Hollis/Martin/Savage/Hopson/Kluesner
Courtesy of G-Funk Music/Rush Associated Labels Recordings
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This shook me to my bones.
13 September 2002 | by luckygeorgeSee all my reviews

It's being along time since I've seen a film that really took my breath away, but this shook me to my bones. What seems to start off as a stereotypical film about racial injustice, ends as a story of the highest calibre. The 4 leading ladies act to perfection, making the tragedy and heartbreak so real. If you don't cry at the end of this, I suggest you get out in the sunshine and thaw!


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