The Set-Up
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The Set-Up is the memorable, brutal story of washed-up boxer Stoker (Robert Ryan) as he fights the last fight of his career, a fight he is intended to lose. Directed with grim intensity by Robert Wise, and featuring a masterful, nuanced performance by Robert Ryan, the audience is taken into a nightmarish world where Ryan must face his own personal emotional demons as he battles with his own fears and searches for meaning in his life and his own personal integrity. Reminiscent of Raging Bull because of the intense realism of the boxing sequences, Ryan here shows himself to be one of the finest… 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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