The Set-Up Movie Review 1949

Information and Film Reviews for The Set-Up the Movie

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2.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Excellent, original if somewhat overwrought morality tale about integrity set in the world of boxing. Filmed as a continuous narrative covering only 72 minutes in the life of aging fighter Stoker Thompson (Ryan). His manager (Tobias) takes a gangster's bribe for Thompson to throw the fight (without informing him), never believing the washed-up boxer has a chance to win. Powerful, with fine performances, especially from Ryan in the lead. Inspired by Joseph Moncure March's narrative poem.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 72 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Boxing, Adapted from a Poem, Growing Older, Gangs, Film Noir
Art Cohn
Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, James Edwards, Wallace Ford
Milton Krasner
Robert Wise
Anglo-Amalgamated Film

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