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A superbly executed, touching little film that is more of a suspenseful drama than noir. Events play out in real time as an aging boxer fights a bout, unaware that he's supposed to take a dive in the third round. There's not a false note in the entire picture.
The Set-Up has perhaps the most straightforward plot I have ever actually seen, but the execution makes it worth the watchn
( And I was waiting for that last punch the whole movie :) )
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This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's Sport Top 50
This movie ranks #28 in IMDb's Film-noir Top 50
This movie ranks #61 in TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films
This movie ranks #61 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #682 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #767 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #797 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #1176 in Doubling the Canon