Set It Off 1996

Set It Off

Critics Consensus

It may not boast an original plot, but Set It Off is a satisfying, socially conscious heist film thanks largely to fine performances from its leads.

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After being fired from her job as a bank teller, Frankie (Vivica A. Fox) begins working at a janitorial service with her friends Tisean (Kimberly Elise), a single mother; Cleo (Queen Latifah), a boisterous lesbian; and Stony (Jada Pinkett), who is dealing with the recent death of her brother. The women are struggling with their finances, so they decide to start robbing banks. At first the group is successful, but they soon attract the attention of an obsessive detective (John C. McGinley).

Cast & Crew

Jada Pinkett Smith
Lida "Stony" Newsom
Vivica A. Fox
Frankie Sutton
Blair Underwood
Keith Weston
John C. McGinley
Detective Strode
Kimberly Elise
Tisean "T.T." Williams
Vincent Baum
Jajuan
Van Baum
Jajuan
Mary Parent
Executive Producer
F. Gary Gray
Executive Producer
Takashi Bufford
Screenwriter
Kate Lanier
Screenwriter
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Critic Reviews for Set It Off

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Audience Reviews for Set It Off

  • Feb 16, 2011
    The Only Breaks You Get Are the Ones You Take. Stoney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Cleo (Queen Latifah), Frankie (Vivica A. Fox) and Tisean (Kimberly Elise) have been close friends for years living in the Los Angeles ghetto; each of them struggles with economic and emotional hardships. Fed-up with how life has knocked them around, and desperate to escape the ghetto, the four friends decide to resort to robbing banks. But what begins as a daring plan to make some extra cash soon grows out of control, as the four of them test the limits of their friendship with the police hot on their trail. There were some great moments in this film, particularly among the four principal characters culminating into a nice finale. <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=acsosy" target="_blank"><img src="http://i52.tinypic.com/acsosy.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>
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  • Aug 30, 2009
    Surprisingly good film - fast-paced, emotional and with highly likeable female characters and cast.
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2009
    (1996 Director: F. Gary Fray) This was a hard movie to watch! (More to follow)
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2008
    this movie was hardcore. really emotional and with lots of gunplay. the story is very well written and the last sequence is like wow.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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