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Robert Wise, the director of The Sound of Music and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, gives us the most unlikely film in his career: a 72-minute noir set at a rigged boxing match.

Based on a poem, this spare film is consumed almost completely by a boxing match, filmed in real time. Between rounds, the scheming occurs -- our hero's manager wants him to take a dive, while the boxer's wife stands by her man. Whoops, the manager thinks his fighter's going to lose, so he doesn't bother to tell him that he's taken a payoff.

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