Somebody Up There Likes Me

Somebody Up There Likes Me


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Once you get past the fact that handsome Paul Newman could never pass for plug-ugly boxer Rocky Graziano in real life, you will be able to accept Somebody Up Their Likes Me as one of the more accomplished movie biopics of the 1950s. Based on Graziano's autobiography (co-written with Rowland Barber), the film accurately depicts the teen-aged Rocky as an unregenerate punk, evidently doomed by his slum environment, and his own lousy attitude, to a life of petty crime. Determining that the only way he'll make a living is with his fists, Rocky becomes a boxer, at first willing to participate in a series of fixed fights. Eventually, Rocky develops a conscience and sense of self-respect, no small thanks to his sweetheart (and later wife) Norma (Pier Angeli). The film ends on an optimistic note after Rocky wins a "clean" bout with Tony Zale (playing himself). Training extensively with Graziano prior to and during production, Newman is quite impressive in his first worthwhile film role (this was only his third film, following the execrable The Silver Chalice and the forgettable outing The Rack). The title song in Somebody Up There Likes Me was written by Bronislau Kaper and Sammy Cahn, and performed by Perry Como.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2018
UPC: 0888574627027
Original Release: 1956
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 1,353

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Rocky Graziano
Anna Maria Pier Angeli Norma Graziano
Everett Sloane Irving Cohen
Eileen Heckart Ma Barbella
Sal Mineo Romolo
Robert Loggia Frankie Peppo
Harold J. Stone Nick Barbella
Joseph Buloff Benny
Sammy White Whitey Bimstein
Arch Johnson Heldon
Robert Lieb Questioner
Theodore Newton Commissioner Eddie Eagan
Patty Duke Actor
Frank Campanella Detective
Angela Cartwright Audrey at Age 3
Russ Conway Capt. Grifton
Clancy Cooper Capt. Lancheck
John Eldredge Warden Niles
Charles Green Curtis Hughtower
Donna Jo Gribble Yolanda Barbella
Jackie Kelk George
David Leonard Mr. Mueller
Billy Nelson Commissioner
Judson Pratt Johnny Hyland
Courtland Shepard Tony Zale
Ray Stricklyn Bryson
James Todd Colonel
Michael Dante Shorty
Harry Wismer Himself
Terry Rangno Rocky at Age 8
John Rosser Actor
Mart Crowley Lou Stillman
Robert Easton Corporal
Dean Jones Private
Steve McQueen Fidel
Ray Walker Ring Announcer

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Albert Akst Editor
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
F. Keogh Gleason Production Designer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer,Songwriter
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
James Newcom Associate Producer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Robert Saunders Asst. Director
Charles Schnee Producer
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Somebody Up There Likes Me
1. Credits.
2. No Place For A Crybaby.
3. Neighbor-Hood Heist.
4. Back In Stir.
5. Give Me An Excuse.
6. Visitor At Rikers.
7. Army Strife.
8. Stillman's Gym.
9. Army Audience.
10. Sent To Leavenworth.
11. Prison Brawl.
12. Be A Fighter.
13. Good Luck, Bad Luck.
14. Meeting Norma.
15. Making Her Understand.
16. The Utz He Needs.
17. It's Only Daddy.
18. Wait 'Til Next Time.
19. Frankie's Proposition.
20. Fix Fracas.
21. Second Chance.
22. Norma Means Every Word.
23. Pay The check.
24. Guys Like Us.
25. A Father's Wish.
26. Graziano Vs. Zale.
27. Fighting His Way Back.
28. Champion.
29. Up There And Down Here.
30. Cast List.

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