Given a punchy performance from Douglas and skilful direction, this tale of a boxer's ruthless drive to the top is flashily effective. But it's mostly wind and piss, with the vicious hero of Ring Lardner's story now conventionally excused (he stomps on people because he had an underprivileged childhood and wants to take care of ma). The Set-Up, made the same year, is infinitely superior.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mark Robson
Screenwriter: Carl Foreman
Cast: Kirk Douglas
Marilyn Maxwell
Arthur Kennedy
Ruth Roman
Lola Albright
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