Set It OffNovember 6, 1996
Four Black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks…
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 6.3/10 (5,610 voted)
F. Gary Gray
Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox
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.
Writers: Takashi Bufford, Takashi Bufford
Jada Pinkett Smith
Lida 'Stony' Newsom
(as Jada Pinkett)
Cleopatra 'Cleo' Sims
Vivica A. Fox
Francesca 'Frankie' Sutton
Tisean 'T.T.' Williams
John C. McGinley
Chaz Lamar Shepherd
(as Chaz Lamar Shepard)
Thomas Jefferson Byrd
(as Thom Byrd)
(as Charlie Robinson)
Anna Maria Horsford
Samuel Monroe Jr.
Deal with this. The only breaks you get are the ones you take.
Release Date: 6 November 1996
Filming Locations: Biltmore Hotel – 506 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,807,451
(10 November 1996)
(2 March 1997)
Did You Know?
Kimberly Elise was discovered by producer Dale Pollock at a restaurant where she waitressed at the start of her career.
When T.T has just died and Stony is kissing her forehead to leave her in the SUV, you can see her still breathing as the door is being closed.
Lida 'Stony' Newsom:
[singing on the roof]
Frankie wanna blow-up a bank, UH! Frankie wanna rob a bank, UH!
A Well Done Sleeper
"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.