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Set It Off [VHS] (1996)

Jada Pinkett Smith , Queen Latifah , F. Gary Gray  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, John C. McGinley
  • Directors: F. Gary Gray
  • Writers: Kate Lanier, Takashi Bufford
  • Producers: F. Gary Gray, Allen Alsobrook, Bob Degus, Dale Pollock, Mary Parent
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 21, 1997
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780613880
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 young ladies with a plan.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jada,Vivica,Kimberly and Queen set this thing off!! September 20, 2001
Four Black women struggling with trying to keep afloat and fighting off the biting sharks of poverty: One a single mother, another a single woman raising her only sibling: a brother, another who was wrongfully terminated from her position as a bank teller after a robbery-gone-bad, and another just fed up with her position working for Luther, the foul-mouthed owner of his own janitorial company. For each of their own individual reason, they all band together and decide to pull their own bank heist. Disguised in wigs and clear masks, they coolly and calmly walk into banks and demand money. To make matters more complicated, Stoney {Pinkett} meets and begins to fall for a branch manager played by Blair Underwood. While working for Luther, the discover he runs out with their money, and now they have to "hit" the bank one more time. With the police hot on their trail, the ill-conceived robberies fly out of control. This movie is filled with emotion, honesty, and a tragic ending. Guest appearances by Dr Dre as Black Sam and Dub-C as one of the bank robbers. This movie is a real crowd pleaser!!!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DISTURBING BUT POWERFUL October 19, 2000
F. Gary Gray is one of the most talented directors today (not black directors, but director, period!) A film major, I look forward to the day I meet him.
I can't watch this movie when I am down, because it will make me think life just ain't worth living. It has a very very depressing ending. But overall, the narrative was excellent. Each one of the girls had a motive, whether it was directly indicated or not. Black intellects trash this movie because they see it as trapping African Americans in the Boyz N the Hood genre (which was also an excellent film). But they fail to see there are so many stories within the inner cities of African Americans. It is not just about robbing banks, gangs, or drugs, it is out survival, loyalty and frienship. Which I think mainstream America really does not understand and why I think so many black women go to jail for protecting their men involved in illegal activities.
Not to veer off the subject, but set it off is about loyalty and true friendship, (just like waiting to exhale, just a different neighborhood) with a fresh twist. Hats off to F. Gary Gray!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is positivly THE movie of the '90s! July 7, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I thought that the movie would be another 'Waiting to Exhale' and a friend of mine said to me "This movie is great, you have to watch it!" I thought that I would give it a try. Watching it one night the movie made such an impact on me that I was crying from almost the begining credits. I think that the charactors are ones that people can identify with and feel sorry for... I especially thought that Jada Pinkett Smith played her role with brillience and Queen LaTefa played her role stunningly. I was quite moved by Cleo, she had real class. All in all a great movie... a must for all people with hearts!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Good To Love Money Too Much November 27, 2008
The issue with the story is that greed is bad. It's also a story about love, a universal subject. There are two different types of love here: heterosexual and homosexual, which is great because people should be true to themselves not just so they'll sleep well at nights, but so that they'll attract people who'll love them the way they are. I love that Blair Underwood and Jada Pinket-Smith have great chemistry. It's so beautiful to watch. I love that they talk about trying different delicacies, which is great because diversity is a great thing. I also love that they talk about their accomplishments because we should all have positive goals. Queen Latifah's character and her partner were great together. I took out a star because a major theme of the film is about robbing banks, which is a very bad idea. It's also a film about stereotyping people, which is a bad thing to do. So in a nutshell, diversity is amazing, different types of love are amazing, stereotyping people is wrong and don't rob banks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie I've ever seen October 22, 2007
A great movie with a great cast, this movie shows what can happen when you push a black woman to her last straw. From the beginning to the end this movie shows how easily one can be profiled as a criminal just by the company she keeps. Like how one of the characters were surrounded and killed by the SWAT team just because he had the same hair cut as one of the bank robbers. And he was a soon-to-be college student. There is a lot of emotions shown in this movie when the it takes you into each characters personal life and thier reasons for robbing the bank. Don't get me wrong there are no reasons for committing a crime like a bank robbery but their stories are compelling. The ending is sad, even though there was a bright side to the ending. It kind've teaches you a lesson about friendship and material things.

The acting was fantastic, you almost felt like the characters were real individuals(of course that is the point of acting). Queen, Jada, Kimberly, and Vivic really make this movie come to life. I would watch this movie all day everyday, just because it's so great.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set It Off Review August 7, 2005
The is the best movie I have ever seen dealing with the following themes: Friendship, Loyalty and Trust. Even though the movie is about crime, these themes dominate the plot. The girls' commitment to each other and loyalty to their cause is very impressive. Also the director of the movie deals with these themes in a easy, playful and humourous manner, even though the girls' couse is a risky and dangerous one. This keeps the audience interested. There is no dull moment or lousy scene in this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie i enjoyed watching it
good movie i enjoyed watching it. The story is kinda sad in the end but cool at the same time.
Published 2 days ago by silver-moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Received movie fast and love it!!
Published 6 days ago by Veronica Red Feather
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great movie. great acting especially by queen latifah. good story, plot, and camera action. great movie all-around. you should buy it.
Published 29 days ago by stayone
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed and emotionaly charged
This movie is probably one of the best "women showing it's not just a mans' world" films.
The characters are compelling, the storyline is great, and the action is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mario madrid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
My favorite movie! it is a must see action drama that will never get old! Came fast, and in good condition
Published 1 month ago by amber
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
came on time. all time favorite movie and i was glad to finally find it on dvd. i would recommend this movie to anyone.
Published 1 month ago by gbfroggin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Classic. Great movie. Happy to have this DVD on hard copy. Will be watched over and over.. Excellent actresses .
Published 1 month ago by Stormy
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great movie! This is one of my favorites of all time such a classic. This a popcorn and candy on a Saturday night 😊 movie
Published 1 month ago by Candace Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Set It Off
Of course, I've seen this movie before back in the day. I just ordered to watch it again and share it with my niece and nephew. Read more
Published 1 month ago by nacherylremidee
4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfied Customer
This one is not as old as the rest of them I've order but I enjoyed it just the same! Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Hattie Soil
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