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Set It Off (1996)

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Learn more about Set It Off:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40115082
UPC: 794043478727
UPC 14: 00794043478727
Rating: Game Rating Code
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It's about crime. It's about payback. It's about survival.
In this powerful story of friendship, desperation and vengeance, four women decide to take on the system and try to get some payback by robbing the biggest banks in the city. As the money starts to flow however, they discover that life is still as stressful as ever. Features: original theatrical trailer and more.

"Butt-kicking action scenes...   VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
"Extravagantly action packed...  Stephen Holden, New York Times

Editor's Note
After a lifetime of being exploited by unscrupulous employers, pushed around by sleazy boyfriends, persecuted by the police, and unable to escape from the undertow of ghetto life by socially approved means, a quartet of Angelina women arm themselves to the teeth and bust up banks in this provocative and intriguing social drama.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Original, Trailers, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/23/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 4787
Video UPC UPC: 00794043478727
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jada Pinkett
Video Cast Info Kimberly Elise
Video Cast Info Vivica A. Fox
Video Cast Info Queen Latifah
Video Cast Info F. Gary Gray - Director
Video Cast Info Marc Reshovsky - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Christopher Young - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Kate Lanier - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Takashi Bufford - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Frankie's been unjustly fired from her bank-teller job. Stony's brother was wrongly killed by the police. A misunderstanding results in Tisean's baby being taken from her. Cleo just wants to get out of the 'hood. These are the desperate situations of four female best friends, who jointly take a drastic measure to improve their lives...| The women decide to rob a bank, an experience that gives them an emotional rush in addition to easy money. Hooked, the quartet continue (and escalate) their crime sprees, attracting the attention of the authorities. As a result, the foursome learn a violent -- and tragic -- version of the adage "crime does not pay."


Independent Spirit Awards (1997)
   Video Award Name Queen Latifah, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress

Professional Reviews

"...Boosted by some really cool heist sequences and an excellent performance by Queen Latifah..." 12/01/1996 p.29

Entertainment Weekly
"...Very particular, very engaging....[A] fresh piece of work..." -- Rating: B 11/08/1996 p.48

"...A well-crafted girls-n-the-hood actioner, with an acute social conscience and plenty of soul....A tale of female bonding and empowerment, this relevant film boasts a terrific cast..." 11/04/1996

Los Angeles Times
"...A heist film with more than guns and ammo on its mind....A project worth paying attention to..." 11/06/1996 p.F1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...The action sequences -- the robberies, the close calls, the shootouts -- are all well-handled....What makes the film special is the way it shows the motivations of its four women..." 11/06/1996 p.51

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 0 of 10
[A] lethal Waiting To Exhale finds four female friends in Los Angeles pushed over the edge and taking up bank robbery to escape poverty and strike a blow against "the man." The felonious, funky divas of crime include Stony (Jada Pinkett Smith, who seem to be having fun with this role) and [Queen] Latifah as Cleo, in a powerhouse performance. Butt-kicking action scenes are most entertaining combined with a soundtrack, including Seal, En Vogue, the Fugees and Brandy, to match.

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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