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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Rocky
... Norma
... Irving Cohen
... Ma Barbella
... Romolo
... Nick Barbella
... Benny
Sammy White ... Whitey Bimstein
... Heldon
Robert P. Lieb ... District Attorney Hogan (as Robert Lieb)
... 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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Passed | See all certifications »
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12 December 1956 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

El estigma del arroyo  »

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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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(Westrex Recording System) (Perspecta Sound)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift was the first choice for the lead role, but he turned it down. See more »

Goofs

Graziano's second fight with Tony Zale took place on July 16, 1947. Like many 1950s movies that depicted earlier decades, they were a little sloppy about women's fashions. In scenes just before the climaxing fight, Pier Angeli is definitely wearing a 1950s-style sheath dress. See more »

Quotes

Rocky: Don't worry 'bout a thing
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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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Soundtracks

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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One of the best movies about boxing
25 January 2006 | by 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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