Set It Off

Synopsis: 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).
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Production: New Line Home Entertainment
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

Thank you, sir.

Have a nice day.

Next in line, please.

Ooh, a week in Hawaii.

- All right, I'll fill in for you.

- Are you sure?

Yeah. You take your little honeymoon

before I change my mind, all right?

Oh, thank you.

- There you go, sir.

- Thank you very much.

Have a nice day, sir.

Next in line, please.

Hey, Darnell, I didn't know

you had an account here.

As a matter of fact,

I never even saw you out of the projects.

Shut the f*** up.

Empty the f***ing drawer.

Empty the drawer.

Next in line, please.

I just have a straight...

Uh-uh, Darnell.

Darnell, don't do this.

- Now, come on, Darnell. Stop playing.

- What?

What playing? It's not a f***ing game.

Empty the f***ing drawer.

Hell no.

I want nothing to do with this.

Everybody, get on the f***ing floor, now!

Get the f*** on the floor.

- Sit down. Don't stand up!

- Give me the money!

- Get your ass down!

- Give him the money!

- Let's get this money, baby.

- Now!

Get your...

Give him the money.

Lay your ass down. Lay down!

Hurry up!

No. No.


Now fill it up!

Give him the money!

And hurry up, goddamn it!

I said, hurry up!

Fill up everything!

- Oh, my God. DARNELL: Everything.

Hurry up!

- Come on, man. Don't cry now.

- Hurry up!

Here, here, take it.

Oh, my God. No.

Come on, man!

All right, stay down!

Is everyone okay?

It's all right now.

Okay. Okay.

Why don't, uh...?

Why don't we take it from the top?

- I thought we covered everything.

- How well did you know the perpetrator?

I've just known Darnell

from around the way, is all.

We live in the same projects.

Frankie, will you do me a favor?

Just tell me one thing,

and we'll get out of here.


What's the procedure

when you're being robbed?

Look, sir.

- I'm aware that I did. I'm aware...

- Stop, stop. Stop now!

What's the procedure

when you're being robbed?

You pull the money clip...

...from your right-hand drawer.

- And then you signal with the left...

- You signal with the left.

So you know the procedure?

Yes, like I said, the procedure

has been told to me over a million times.

But why is it

if that procedure's been told to you...

...why didn't you follow the procedure?

Because he had a gun.

And I went for my clip, but he shot her.

He shot her right in front of me.

I'm afraid, Miss Sutton,

we're gonna have to let you go.

The fact you knew the perpetrator

doesn't sit well with us.

Wait, wait. That's not right.

I haven't done anything wrong.

I can't help who I know.

Mr. Zachery...

...just last week you gave me a promotion,

and now you're gonna take my job away?

What happens the next time

one of your friends robs the bank?

How do we know you're not in collusion?


Let me tell you something.

I am here at 8:
20 sharp every morning.

I work my ass off until quitting time.

Yesterday I counted $240,000

by hand for you.

That's how you should know.

I mean, come on, this is just not right.

I nearly got blown away

in your tired-ass f***ing bank!

And you're gonna fire me?

- Calm down.

- You couldn't even wait.

You didn't even bother to ask me

if I was thirsty, sister.

She's involved.

I want everything you have on her.

I thought I said a '70s graduation party.

'70s, Halloween, what's the difference?

You the only one in the neighborhood

who'd give a '70s graduation party.

Anyway, T.T., Jajuan,

y'all look awfully groovy tonight.

- You like it, girl?

- Thank you for following directions.

Simple directions.

Would you look at him? Ain't he fine?

- Handsome as he wants to be.

- I know.

Can you believe he's going to college?

Man, I remember

when you was just a little scrub...

...always trying to follow us around

and sh*t.

On that tricycle.

Y'all always trying

to mess up somebody game.


What game?


You got a 10 I can borrow?

We need more chips. Stuff running out.

Come on, you're the one

that's gonna be making all the loot.

- Yeah, college boy.

- You got to stop spoiling that boy.

Taking care of him

ever since your mama and daddy died.

- What you got?

- You ain't drinking none of this sh*t.

Stevie, what's the problem?

I'm not going.

I ain't going to college.


All right, look, don't start tripping.

Okay, you cannot change your mind. We

got into UCLA, that's where we're going.

I ain't changed my mind.

I just didn't get a scholarship.

- They didn't give you a scholarship?

- No.

- We told them, only way we could apply...

- I know.

All right, well don't worry about it.

I'll take care of it.

It's probably just because

I'm a January graduate.

How you gonna take care of it?

You can barely pay the bills around here.

I'll just get a job.

- I'll just help around here until I can just...

- No.

Wrong, we gonna stick to the plan...

...and we are definitely getting you

up out of here.

- I ain't here with this fool.

- Good afternoon, ladies...

...and gentleman.

All right, listen up.

Now, these good white folks...

...are out here trying to recycle

all of their glasses, plastics and aluminum.

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Takashi Bufford

Takashi Bufford was born on August 15, 1952 as Takashi A. Bufford. He is a producer and writer, more…

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