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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
73 min

Daily paper! Get your evening paper

with the complete fight card! Evening paper!

Daily paper! Get your evening paper

with the complete fight card! Evening paper!

City paper! Read all about it!

Evening paper with the complete fight card!

Get your Knockout here!

All the fight news and pictures!

Evening paper! Get your evening paper!

Complete fight card!

- Hey, kid! Hey, kid!

- Evening paper!

- I gotta make a buck too!

- Go take a walk!

Evening paper! Evening paper!

Get your Knockout here!

All the fight news and pictures!

Hurry it up, won't you?

The first fight's on already!

They put us back

in the eighth row!

Get your Knockout here!

All the fight news and pictures!

I couldn't find them anyplace!

Let's go on in!

Well, we'll give them five more minutes!

All right?

- All right!

- I don't know!

why I let George

talk me into coming!

Why, Harriet, I thought you liked

the fights!

Like them? Last time I kept my hands

over my eyes the whole time!

- Who do you like?

- Hawkins, for a sawbuck!

- You got a bet! How about the semi?

- I'll take Lopez! Even money!

Are you kidding? They're laying 3-to-1 !

- Even money by a KO!

- Forget it!

- How about Nelson and Thompson?

- Stoker Thompson? Is he still fighting?

- I remember him when I was a kid!

- Don't tell me you're that old!

- Where's Stoker?

- He's in the hotel getting some shut-eye!

Don't that guy get enough sleep

in the ring?

You ought to know!

You're his manager!

You wait here!

Come on, baby, and cough up!

I got it! I got it!

He'll give you an apple for an orchard

anytime! Hey, put a head on this!

- Hi, Danny!

- Hi, Tiny!

Everything's taken care of, Danny!

If it's all the same to you, Danny!

How do I know you'll deliver?

You and me has done business

a long time, Danny!

Yeah! But this deal ain't

between you and me!

It's between you and Little Boy!

It's his dough you're taking, not mine!

- I know it, Danny!

- Little Boy's got a lot of plans!

for young Nelson!

Little Boy don't like nothing

to interfere with his plans!

- You said yourself Stoker ain't got a chance!

- Yeah, that's what I tell Little Boy!

But he likes insurance

against accidents!

And when Little Boy buys insurance

- he gets his money's worth!

- My guy will deliver it, Danny!


Now you got the set-up?

Nelson will carry your guy two heats!

Anytime after that,

Stoker can go down for the count!

Eggs in the coffee!

Well, it's getting late!

I got to blow!

It's all there, 50!

Come on! Let's go!

I said, let's go!

- Did you get it?

- Yeah!

- How much?

- Thirty!

- Thirty? I thought you said 50!

- You know Danny!

- Only a fin?

- Don't you want it?

- What about Stoker?

- What about him?

- He's all set, ain't he? You told him?

- Why cut him in?

I don't like it, Tiny!

Stoker can still punch!

- Lf anything goes wrong, Little Boy's gonna...

- Don't be a meathead!

- Nelson will butcher him! It's 100-to-1 !

- That's it! There's always the one!

You gotta tell Stoker!

You give me a bellyache! He's blown

100 fights without anybody's help!

And he ain't gonna need none tonight!



- Did you sleep good?

- Like a top!

Yeah! I was watching you!

Wanna know something?

I'll take that kid tonight!

I can feel it!

- It's getting kind of late!

- Everything's packed!


Let's get going, then!

Come on! What's the matter?

I ain't going tonight, Bill!

I got a headache!

Well, they gave me a good seat

for you!

- Row four, section C!

- I told you, Bill, I got a headache!

I'll be here when you get back!

Julie, you always go!

Don't you understand, Bill? I don't wanna go

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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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