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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Rocky Graziano (autobiography) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Rocky
Pier Angeli ... Norma
Everett Sloane ... Irving Cohen
Eileen Heckart ... Ma Barbella
Sal Mineo ... Romolo
Harold J. Stone ... Nick Barbella
Joseph Buloff ... Benny
Sammy White Sammy White ... Whitey Bimstein
Arch Johnson ... Heldon
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... District Attorney Hogan (as Robert Lieb)
Theodore Newton ... Athletic Commissioner Edward Eagan
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Storyline

The abuse Rocky Barbella endures at the hand of his father and subsequent run-ins with the law lead him in and out of detention centers and prisons. When it seems he has it together, Rocky is drafted but, refusing to adhere to Army rules, goes AWOL. He takes up boxing to earn quick money, but when he discovers he has a natural talent in the ring, he builds the confidence to pursue his love interest, Norma, and fulfill his potential as a fighter. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

A Girl Can Lift A Fellow To The Skies! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1958 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El estigma del arroyo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,920,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,915,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,360,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright time)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (Perspecta Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eileen Heckart, who played Rocky Graciano's mother was only six years older than Paul Newman. She was born in 1919, and he, in 1925. See more »

Goofs

In the final fight against Tony Zale - Zale steps forward and takes off his robe twice. See more »

Quotes

Irving Cohen: I never should have left the lingerie business. I was the happiest man in women's underwear.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the following on-screen quote before the title and opening credits: This is the way I remember it... _definitely_. -Rocky Graziano. See more »

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Referenced in Justified: Slaughterhouse (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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Played by a bugler
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James and Paul
4 January 2003 | by harry-76See all my reviews

It's interesting to note the career relationship of James Dean and Paul Newman.

Both were leading contenders for the starring role in "East of Eden." Dean's moving screen test landed him the part over Newman.

Then, upon Dean's sudden demise, Newman was awarded the role Dean was to play in "Somebody Up There Likes Me." Fortunately, Newman was up to the task.

His Rocky was most effectively limned, with Newman in top physical form as well as in the acting department. He assumed a "New York hood" accent, which enhanced his portrayal, and executed the challenging fight scenes with conviction.

Perhaps young Newman's burning ambition at the time to greatly succeed in his craft provided extra stamina to smash through this meaty part for a "knockout punch." Fresh from Actors Studio training, Mr. Newman was fortunate to be surrounded by a quartet of fine "method" artists.

Eileen Heckart was particularly fine as Mrs. Barbella, Everett Sloane as a concerned Manager, Sal Mineo as dependable pal Romolo, and Pier Angeli as sensitive Norma Graziano.

Rocky's hard-hitting life was given a realistic black and white production, doing justice to the middle weight champ's biography. Robert Wise directed with his usual skill and confidence.


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