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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

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filming began between March and April 1996 See more »

Goofs

In the bank robbery scene there are signs at the teller windows for FIDC. It should be FDIC, which stands for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. See more »

Quotes

Lida 'Stony' Newsom: [while talking in a parking lot] Frankie, please! Please, ain't nobody here gonna rob no bank!
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton: No, lets just go in'er and BLOW IT THE FUCK UP!
Cleo: [laughs loudly]
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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 »

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Featured in Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: The Heist (2018) See more »

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All Blues
Performed by Miles Davis
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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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