Crime rhyme

Robert Wise’s The Set-Up is probably the only noir boxing film based on a poem. It’s a story about a fixed boxing match, starring legendary tough guy Robert Ryan as the fighter who’s supposed to take the dive. His manager, thinking he’d lose anyway, didn’t let him in on the deal, which leads to problems. The film has a lot going for it, but one thing that stood out to me was the audience for the fight – people who range from gross to creepy to bloodthirsty.

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