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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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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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He Might Have Ended Up In "The Chair" - But For One Girl's Enduring Love! See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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12 December 1956 (Japan)  »

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El estigma del arroyo  »

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$1,920,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (Perspecta Sound)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

James Dean was signed to play 'Rocky Graziano' but the part was given to Paul Newman after Dean was killed in an automobile accident on 30 September 1955. 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: [after hearing an actor in the movie say "i love you" on screen] You've been tellin' her for two hours ya creep!
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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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