The Set-Up
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As shown by the clock face that opens and closes the film, The Set-Up takes place within a compact 72 minutes, with the action played out in "real time." Robert Ryan plays Bill "Stoker" Thompson, a washed-up boxer who refuses to give up his career despite the pleas of his wife Julie (Audrey Totter). There's little chance that he's going to win this evening's bout; still, Stoker's manager Tiny (George Tobias) has secretly made a deal with a crooked gambler (Alan Baxter). Stoker is to take a dive, a fact withheld from him until the fight is well under way. His… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its boilerplate fatalism undone by overbearing moralizing and the fact that Ryan's boxer is too one-dimensionally good to register as tragic."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"This is one of the top boxing films ever made, along with Raging Bull and Body and Soul."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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