The Set-Up
The Set-Up (1949)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1949
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

Robert Wise's virtuosically squalid microcosm

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Its boilerplate fatalism undone by overbearing moralizing and the fact that Ryan's boxer is too one-dimensionally good to register as tragic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is one of the top boxing films ever made, along with Raging Bull and Body and Soul.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
this film is TIGHT.
Stella Dallas
a terrific stripped down boxing picture made in real time. robert ryan plays a fighter facing the end of his career. incredible fight scenes and beautifully… More
Randy Tippy
Playing in real time, <i>The Set-Up</i> is the story of a washed up prizefighter looking for one last shot at glory. According to IMDb, the… More
Ken Stachnik
Wow... A perfectly crafted film. Possibly the best boxing movie ever made. Better than Cinderella Man Better than Rocky Better than Body and Soul Almost… More
jay nixon
Tough tight little noir. Lean in the best sense, not one shot is wasted.
Michael Gildea
So well done. I'm pretty sure this is done in real time too.