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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.

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Rocky Graziano is building a career in crime, when he's finally caught and arrested. In jail, he is undisciplined, always getting into trouble. When he gets out after many years he has decided to start a new life. However, he is immediately drafted to the army. But they can't keep him and he goes AWOL. Rocky discovers boxing as a way of earning quick money, and is discovered as a new talent. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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12 December 1956 (Japan)  »

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$1,920,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Paul Newman was not felt to be believable playing an Italian-American. See more »

Goofs

When Norma asks Benny for directions how to get home after meeting Rocky in the early 1940s, he tells her to take a Subway route that did not exist until 1954. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Graziano: Don't worry 'bout a thing
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Somebody Up There Likes Me
(1956)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics By Sammy Cahn
Sung by Perry Como during the opening and closing credits
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"Kill The Bum!"
30 May 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Question: Is there such a thing as a boxing movie that isn't just a total cliché from start to finish? 'Cause if there is, then I'd sure like to know about it. I really would.

With that said, you have my personal guarantee that 1956's Somebody Up There Likes Me is such a predictable cliché-of-a-boxing-movie that, at times, it's almost too painful to endure.

On top of having this one major strike against it, this film also lost itself some significant points for its gross miscasting of Paul Newman in the lead role.

Not only did Newman never, ever come anywhere near to being at all convincing as a full-blooded American/Italian, but his goofy performance as boxing champ, Rocky Graziano, was, by far, one of the most absurd and annoying examples of copy-catting Marlon Brando's quirky mannerisms that I've ever seen.

Believe me, Newman's ridiculous portrayal was absolutely laughable to watch at times.

Filmed in stark b&w, Somebody Up There Likes Me's story (which was set in NYC during the 1930s & 40s) was based on the autobiography written by real-life, middleweight, boxing champ, Rocky Graziano (whose birth-name was Rocco Barbella).

Of all the many boxing films that I've seen over the years this dud has certainly proved to be one of the weakest and most unsatisfactory, by far.

By the end of the movie I literally loathed Newman's Graziano character right to the very bone. My only wish was to see one of his opponents really clean his clock, but good. But, unfortunately, this never happened. So I was left totally unsatisfied.


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