The Set-Up

Synopsis: Over-the-hill boxer Bill 'Stoker' Thompson insists he can still win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit. But his manager Tiny is so confident he will lose, he takes money for a "dive" from tough gambler Little Boy...without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to "take" Tiger Nelson, unaware of what will happen to him if he does.
Director(s): Robert Wise
Production: RKO Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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73 min

no more! After Middletown the other night...

That was different!

I was off at Middletown!

Off? Two hours after the fight,

you still didn't know who I was!

Look, Julie, I can take this kid

like I told you! I can feel it!

If I can belt him solid just once!

- What will he be doing in the meantime?

- You don't understand!

I understand that he's 23,

and you're 35, Bill!

Thirty-five in this business,

you're an old man!

Look, Julie, they're building this kid up,

feeding him a lot of pushovers!

If I get over him tonight,

that'll mean a rematch!

That's a semi wind-up, 150 guarantee!

Maybe a top spot even!

Top spot!

Yeah, a top spot,

and I'm just one punch away!

I remember the first time

you told me that!

You were just one punch away

from the title shot then!

Don't you see, Bill? You'll always be

just one punch away!

Oh, Bill, it ain't I wanna hurt you!

But what kind of a life is this?

Springfield, Middletown,

Unionville, Paradise City!

How many more beatings

do you have to take?

Yeah, but if I get a top spot again,

we'll get 500 bucks, maybe six!

Bill, it's been good a long time

between us!

I want to keep what we've got!

Don't you see what we could

do with 500 bucks?

I could get a piece of Tony Martinez!

Best-looking middleweight I seen

since Harry Greb! I'll train him myself!

Or we could get a beer joint or maybe that

cigar stand I told you about in Union City!

I don't care about Martinez

or cigar stands or anything else!

It makes no difference to me if you go back

to the docks or drive a garbage truck!

- Or go on relief even!

- Julie!

It's better than having you

with your brains knocked out!

It's better than having you dead!

Stop it, Julie! Stop it!

Oh, Bill!

Maybe you can go on taking the beatings,

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Art Cohn

Art Cohn (April 5, 1909 – March 22, 1958) was an American sportswriter, screenwriter and author. Cohn and Hollywood producer Mike Todd died in a plane crash in New Mexico in 1958. more…

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