Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  12 December 1956 (Japan)
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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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Release Date:

12 December 1956 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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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Film debut of Frank Campanella See more »


Much of the location shoots in New York show the tenement where Rocky grew up next to the Manhattan Bridge, but his address on East 10th Street is over a mile north of the bridge. See more »


Rocky Graziano: It's not my fault that she's pregnant!
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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »


Played by a bugler
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One of the best movies about boxing
25 January 2006 | by (Uruguay) – See all my reviews

I am a Paul Newman's fan I think he is one of the best actors of the last four decades This movie reflects the life of a great boxer as no other. The fact that the movie has been filmed in black and white captures the essence of a decade where the values were more than money for the American society. All the performances are excellent, and the Perry Como's song Somebody up there likes me is a plus. I want to mention Everett Sloane and Sal Mineo performances because they really help to show the boxer's life. Although there are many good Paul Newman's movies this is a masterpiece to me.To summarize,this is one of the best movies about boxing that you can find and is also a biography

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