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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.


Robert Wise


Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Rocky Graziano (autobiography) | 1 more credit »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Did You Know?


Pro wrestler "Irish" Pat Barrett titled his autobiography, "Everybody Down Here Hates Me". See more »


When Rocky orders the black-and-white soda, a spoon suddenly appears as he's handing back the glass for more seltzer. See more »


Rocky: Hey, don't cry, will ya? Look, pa, I was just talkin'. Aw, you don't have to take everything I say. Aw, hey look. I ain't so tough. You wanna hit me? Come on, hit me, will ya? Look, pa. I was just talkin'. I mean, you couldn't help yourself. You had nothin' but bad breaks. Me? I've been lucky. Come on. What could I do for you, huh? Let me do somethin' for you.
Nick Barbella: Be a champ. Like I never was.
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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 »


Referenced in The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon (1994) See more »


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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Release Date:

4 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,920,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (Perspecta Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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