The Set-up

The Set-up

DVD - 2004
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An over-the-hill boxer thinks he can still win a bout, despite doubts from his wife and his manager. He goes into his next fight determined to beat his opponent, not realizing his manager has taken money for a 'dive' from a tough gambler.
Publisher: [United States] : Turner Home Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004]
ISBN: 9780780646384
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (72 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 13, 2018

Terrific screenplay, acting, cinematography, direction. Gritty and poignant.

May 20, 2016

Robert Ryan is outstanding, as always, but the film doesn't hold up well. Most characters are cliched and/or uninteresting, and the stakes are laughably low. Probably the most interesting aspect is the 'real time' timeline.

Commentary track with Scorsese and Wise (recorded seperately) is worthwhile, but Scorsese here as elsewhere has a tendency to overpraise obscure films because they're obscure.

7duffy Oct 02, 2015

Hard-hitting (literally) film noir of the seedy side of boxing, which is, in itself, an expression of life in the underbelly of society. Great camera work. Robert Ryan is perfect for the role, as is the supporting cast of 1940's-50's character actors.

C20T11 Aug 15, 2015

Wonderful Movie, Robert Ryan did a Outstanding Job.

Oct 25, 2013

If you, like me, enjoy a real rock'em/sock'em boxing film with realism so brutal and gritty that it plays out like a slice of Film Noir, then The Set-Up (from 1949) is your ringside seat to 4 hard-hitting rounds of pulverizing action, non-stop._____ Filmed in its entirety on an indoor set that represented a grubby, downtown section of the fictional Paradise City, The Set-Up is an overlooked gem that is truly rough, mean and rugged filmmaking at one of its finest hours._____ Washed-up boxer "Stoker" Thompson, who, at 35, still believes that he can lick his opponent, is unknowingly set-up by his unethical manager to take a dive. During the 4 rounds of sweaty, face-smashing action, "Stoker" earns the unanimous vocal support of the blood-thirsty spectators who at first had rooted against him._____ Filmed in stark b&w, The Set-Up has a running time of only 72 minutes._____ This savage and unsparing look at the delusional dreams of one palooka's world of boxing was masterfully directed by Robert Wise whose other notable films include The Day The Earth Stood Still (the original) and West Side Story.

Dec 01, 2012

A poignant boxing noir directed by the great Robert Wise. I was rapt in the nostalgia; the snapshot in time of a seedier side of the '40s. Robert Ryan was an ideal choice for the role being that he really was an inter-collegiate heavyweight champion.


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Dec 01, 2012

Stoker: "...Yeah, top spot. And I'm just one punch away." Julie: "I remember the first time you told me that. You were just one punch away from the title shot then. Don't you see, Bill, you'll always be just one punch away."


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