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Thu, 29 Feb


Watershed, Bristol

The Set-Up (1949): Film Noir UK

Tension builds in this classic film noir harsh reality of the sport known as the ‘sweet science’, boxing.

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The Set-Up (1949): Film Noir UK
The Set-Up (1949): Film Noir UK

Time & Location

29 Feb 2024, 18:00

Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK

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Tickets on sale soon via Watershed Box Office.

The Set-Up (1949)

Director: Robert Wise

Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias

USA / 72 min / PG

Classed by many as one of the greatest boxing films of all time. Film noir classic The Set-Up (1949) tells the story of Stoker Thompson (Robert Ryan) a boxer with 20 years’ experience in the ring and yet, a veteran who still dreams of hitting the big time. 

What should be a routine fight night for Stoker turns into a living nightmare as, unbeknownst to Stoker, his manager has agreed with a local gangster to take a dive in that night’s fight. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to beat his opponent, unaware that he has already been bought to lose.

Directed by Robert Wise (editor of Citizen Kane, The Devil and Daniel Webster and The Magnificent Ambersons) and co-starring film noir regular Audrey Totter (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Lady in the Lake) The Set-Up is a tense tale which takes us through the harsh reality of the sport known as the ‘sweet science’.

Presented in collaboration with BFI Audience Network and Film Noir UK 

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