DIRECTOR: ROBERT WISE
CAST: ROBERT RYAN, AUDREY TOTTER, GEORGE TOBIAS
The boxing movie is a time-honored cinematic tradition, but precious few actors have ever been able to convincingly look like they could last a round in the ring. The Set-Up star Robert Ryan was a gifted college pugilist, however, and his punch-drunk-pug-at-the-end-of-his-career goes the distance in Wise’s rib-cracking real-time noir. With fabulous, bruising ringside footage, and worried wife Audrey Totter taking a night stroll that seems to anticipate Antonioni.