The Set-Up

1949

Crime / Film-Noir

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IMDb Rating 7.9

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by darryn.mcatee 8

Boldly filmed in 'real time', the actual boxing match takes up one third of the film and is photographed and edited to nail-biting effect. In its own way, as good as raging bull. However, it is debatable if these films actually denounce boxing as some claim. Whatever exploitative practices go on, and however brutal it is, the sense of beauty, pride and dignity provided in victory is always strongly conveyed.

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Reviewed by Infofreak 7

I've always like Robert Ryan since I saw 'The Wild Bunch' many, many years ago, but after recently watching his performances in 'Crossfire' and this movie he's rapidly becoming one of my favourite actors. Ryan is absolutely brilliant in 'The Set-Up' playing Stoker, a tough but compassionate aging boxer, who has been sold out by his manager Tiny (wonderfully played by George Tobias - a very different role than he played in 'Bewitched'!) who has assured a local mobster Little Boy (Alan Baxter, who I recognized from Hitchcock's 'Saboteur') that he will throw the fight. The only problem is Tiny hasn't told Stoker this plan, and despite the pleas of Stoker's wife (Audrey Trotter - 'The Lady In The lake, 'The Postman Always Rings Twice') Stoker wants to WIN. Director Robert Wise made all kinds of movies from horror ('Curse Of The Cat People', 'The Haunting') to musicals ('The Sound Of Music') to science fiction ('The Day The Earth Stood Still', 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture') but he really excelled at Noir, and 'The Set-Up' is one of his very best. I think it ranks alongside 'Raging Bull' and 'Fat City' as the best movie about boxing I've ever seen.

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Reviewed by ptb-8 9

Please read the other views on this comments page as they all fully explain how and why this astonishing and powerful Robert Wise boxing drama is genuinely one of the great films of the 20th century. Even bit actors playing the sm?rg?sbord of characters and faces make a perfectly realized mosaic of seedy and grimy 4th rate city fringe life. Viewers might be also interested to recognize 1940s teen star Darryl Hickman, the (more) handsome brother to Dobie Gillis TV star Dwayne Hickman as a young fighter on his first outing; noble black actor James Edwards (later seen in PATTON) in a superb spotlight of warrior-like dignity as Luthor the lithe college keen biff merchant, and Hal Fieberling, blond German he-man who had an incredible film career even from ROBIN HOOD in the 30s right up to the 80s. Fieberling's haircut and 'look' as he slugs it mercilessly with Robert Ryan has such a modern image, he is almost as if he has been transported via CGI from today. The young lead actor in the new (2005) Nazi boxing school film NAPOLA looks exactly like him. Audrey Totter is the film's only weakness and one wonders how much better her role would have been if played by the always available and ever superb Ida Lupino who even looks like her. She was the film's only criticism even in the 1949 reviews which I found last year. Ryan and Lupino acted together in ON DANGEROUS GROUND from RKO in 1952, with its nebulous Bernard Hermann score (that was recycled into NORTH BY NORTHWEST and later TAXI DRIVER) The Set-Up DVD now available has an audio commentary by the late great Mr Wise...BUT be prepared for a tedious and irritating chatter of almost brain-busting proportions from Martin Scorsese.....he just will not shut up, rattling on about anything and everything adnauseum, like Steve Guttenberg in CANT STOP THE MUSIC. It is a great pity Scorsese was allowed to dominate this soundtrack as he is truly annoying. He is not even with Wise when watching the film, the two comments tracks are edited together. Robert Wise, when heard actually ads to the film whereas Scorsese babbles! At the end, Wise thanks us for listening. Scorsese actually then says nothing. Jeezzz.

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