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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 4 July 1956 (USA)
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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Punk Hoodlum! - Jailbird! - Alley Fighter! - He Brawled His Way From the Gutter All the Way to the Top! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Trivia

Many people compared Paul Newman's performance to imitating Marlon Brando. Newman was told that Brando had shadowed Rocky Graziano to prepare for appearing on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Norma: He has got a past, you know, and it's time he learned to live with it. And it's time you and I stopped looking the other way every time he gets mad at the world for the trouble he gets into. It was Rocky who broke the regulation -- not the Commissioner, not the District Attorney. To listen to him you'd think he was just an innocent bystander.
Irving Cohen: Please, Norma. I thought you were gonna help us. I thought you wanted Rocky to win the fight.
Norma: Alright. So what about all the fights after that one? What ...
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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 »

Connections

Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars: The Lion in Winter (1992) See more »

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Played by a bugler
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Excellent sports movie
8 November 2003 | by stevenmavenSee all my reviews

Picture is more about the people than the sport.At first you don't like the main character and this is not a good thing.That begins to change in the latter part of the film and by the end you are happy to see things finally work out for him.I wouldn't be surprised if Stallone used this as an inspiration for his"Rocky" movie.Non-stop plot changes culminate in Graziano's (Newman's) change of character.Angeli provides a great presence;reminds me of an Italian Audrey Hepburn.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Somebody Up There Likes Me See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,920,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,528
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (Perspecta Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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