The Set-Up

May 6, 2017 - Comment

Over-the-hill boxer Stoker Thompson 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 from a tough gambler for having Stoker take a dive. Played out in real time.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA

Over-the-hill boxer Stoker Thompson 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 from a tough gambler for having Stoker take a dive. Played out in real time.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA UPC: 053939674828This riveting, gut-punching boxing picture plays out in something close to “real time.” We are locked in with an over-the-hill pug (Robert Ryan) as he arrives at an arena for a match against a younger opponent. What he doesn’t know yet is that his crooked manager has agreed to throw the fight for some gangsters–so Ryan has more than one battle on his hands as each bruising round goes by. At a lean, mean 72 minutes, The Set-Up manages to load the essential film noir themes into one potent package, excitingly delivered with no breathing room. Director Robert Wise would go on to make such mega-productions as The Sound of Music, which only makes you appreciate his economy here. And the movie’s a fine showcase for tall, craggy Robert Ryan, one of the great under-sung actors in American movies, who was a boxer himself before becoming an actor. –Robert Horton

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The Purple Heart says:

Robert Ryan at his best Having seen most ALL the ‘boxing’ movies, I have to say “The Set-Up” is the best. It shows the ‘craft’ for what it REALLY is – tough and not at all glamorous for the prizefighter. Since you have probably read about the plot already, and some w/ spoilers, let me elaborate:Ryan looks tough but not a cartoonish dumbbell like Stallone / Rocky.Little Boy is portrayed so hatefully well that “I’d” like to blind side the POS myself.The ringside patrons show their…

Tom Without Pity says:

A Five Star Knockout This is a review for THE SET-UP (1949) directed by Robert Wise.THE SET-UP was originally an RKO release but is now on a WB DVD.What really is a simple. basic boxing story in THE SET -UPis made into a life or death situation for at least a couple ofthe characters involved in the action.Stoker Thompson, played by Robert Ryan, is a just about overthe hill boxer who wants one more chance to prove to himself, as wellas just about everyone, that…

Jo says:

Terrific film noir classic Excellent film noir movie–one I had not heard of. Usually I don’t care for films with a boxing theme, but this is outstanding, with crisp direction by Robert Wise–and probably Robert Ryan’s finest screen performance. Audrey Totter, one of the Queens of Noir, plays well against type, as a supportive and loving wife. Although almost documentary in its vivid depiction of the honky tonk, carnival-like atmosphere of the low-rent boxing scene in post-WW2 America, the crowd scenes have, IMO, an…

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