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The Set-Up (1995 film)

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The Set-Up
Directed byStrathford Hamilton
Produced byJulia Verdin
StarringBilly Zane
Mia Sara
James Russo
James Coburn
Louis Mandylor
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister
Mark Rolston
Margaret Avery
Lisa Collins
Vince Deadrick Jr.
Shannon Wilcox
Paula O'Hara
Ed Wasser
Brent Morris
Tom Muzila
Stephen Lofaro
Roy Jenson
Kevin McLaughlin
Scott L. Schwartz
Music byConrad Pope
CinematographyDavid Lewis
Edited byMarcy Hamilton
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States

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The Set-Up is a 1995 American crime thriller film directed by Strathford Hamilton and starring Billy Zane. It was based on the 1977 novel My Laugh Comes Last by James Hadley Chase


Charlie Thorpe (Billy Zane), a security systems expert, is caught during a robbery. When he get released from prison, a bank owner hires him to design a fool-proof system during the refurbishing of his bank. After he has completed the system, he begins getting blackmailed, to break his system.[1][2]


  • Billy Zane as Charles Thorpe
  • Mia Sara as Gina Sands
  • James Russo as Kliff
  • James Coburn as Jeremiah Cole
  • Louis Mandylor as Pauly
  • Tommy 'Tiny' Lister as Leon (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
  • Mark Rolston as Ray Harris
  • Margaret Avery as Olivia Dubois
  • Lisa Collins as Elizabeth
  • Vince Deadrick Jr. as Officer Jones
  • Shannon Wilcox as Mrs. Cole
  • Paula O'Hara as Julia (as Paula Coburn)
  • Ed Wasser as Cop #1
  • Brent Morris as Cop #2
  • Tom Muzila as Boxer
  • Stephen Lofaro as Manager
  • Roy Jenson as Older Guard
  • Kevin McLaughlin as Young Guard
  • Scott L. Schwartz as Maniac (uncredited)


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