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The Set-Up


4.5 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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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: 053939674828

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, 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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  • Actors: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, Wallace Ford
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Writers: Art Cohn, Joseph Moncure March
  • Producers: Dore Schary, Richard Goldstone
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000244EZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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