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The Set-Up
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The Set-Up 1949

From Amazon: This 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,...

Directed By:
Robert WiseRobert Wise
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The Set-Up Movie Review by Derringer (11/1/2013)

Released in 1949 - If you, like me, enjoy a really ruff'n'tuff boxing film with realism so brutal and gritty that it plays out like a mean slice of Film Noir, then The Set-Up 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,...

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