Somebody Up There Likes Me

1956

Biography / Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.5

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113 min
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Reviewed by alfiefamily 8

This is the movie that made Paul Newman a star. And with good reason. Although James Dean was signed to play the great Rocky Graziano, his death in a car crash made the role available for Paul Newman to step into. Newman who up to this point had made only a handful of forgettable pictures,turns in a marvelous portrayal of a man who is so filled with rage that everything he touches turns into trouble.<br/><br/>Newman&#39;s performance is layered with anger, humor, and fear. Rocky Graziano was by means the brightest guy in the world, and Newman to his credit does not try to make this an endearing quality of Rocky&#39;s.<br/><br/>The story does a nice job of not glossing over Rocky&#39;s troublesome youth. It shows a lot of the trouble and bad decision&#39;s that he made that led to being thrown out of schools, reformatories, and later into prison. This is not a sanitized bio-style film that you would have seen in the thirties or forties.<br/><br/>The rest of the acting is also first rate. Especially from Eileen Heckart and Everett Sloane as his mother and trainer, respectively. Lots of actors making their film debuts in this movie also. Look for Robert Loggia, Steve McQueen, George C. Scott and Dean Jones.<br/><br/>Robert Wise has done a wonderful job of bringing NYC to life in this picture. Watching Newman walk down the street with all of the people jeering him at first, and then rooting for him as he starts to gain some fame is the work of a top notch director. Wise would later exploit the scenery of New York to better use a few years later in &quot;West Side Story&quot;. He also did an excellent job with the fight sequences.<br/><br/>It&#39;s easy to see where Sylvester Stallone got his inspiration for his &quot;Rocky&quot;. In fact, you might say that he not only borrowed the development of his character, but that of Adrian, as well.<br/><br/>&quot;Somebody Up There Likes Me&quot; is well worth a look.<br/><br/>9 out of 10

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Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 10

This was excellent! I think it is one of the most underrated and under-discussed movies of the 1950s. It was interesting from start-to-finish and had drama, humor, suspense, action, romance.....and it&#39;s all true. The story was approved by the man it was about: boxer Rocky Graziano. Thus, you know it&#39;s not &quot;based on a true story&quot; in which 90 percent of it turns out to be fiction, just for dramatic purposes. No, this was Graziano&#39;s story and Paul Newman - despite not looking Italian - did a superb job playing him. This movie put Newman &quot;on the map&quot; as an actor. He was fascinating in here and dominated most of the scenes.<br/><br/>The film&#39;s direction by Robert Wise and the cinematography also took center stage. Apparently, the &quot;powers that be&quot; agreed as this film won an Oscar for its photography.<br/><br/>Newfane&#39;s portrayal of the juvenile delinquent-turned-championship boxer may have dominated the story but all the characters left strong impressions, beginning with this parents played by the great character actors Harold Stone and Eileen Heckart . Pier Angeli is well- cast as Graziano&#39;s sweetheart-turned wife. Her Italian accent fits in perfectly as does her character as the soft and frail--but tough female complement to Rocky. Too bad we didn&#39;t see much of this actress in the USA.<br/><br/>The rest of the supporting cast is top-notch, from Everett Sloane as the fight manager to &#39;50s star/teen idol Sal Mineo as a neighborhood pal to Graziano. Also good was Robert Loggia as the bad- influence hood. This was Loggia&#39;s first role on screen. Speaking of first roles, did anyone catch Steve McQueen in here?? I did a double-take when they had a quick gang-fight rumble on top of a roof and there&#39;s McQueen! The camera put a closeup shot on him and there was no doubt it was him! He had no lines, unfortunately, but that apparently was his film debut.<br/><br/>This movie is finally going to be released on DVD sometime in November of 2006. I hope more people get the opportunity to discover this fantastic movie which, by the way, reminded me quite a bit of another fantastic film in this era: On The Waterfront.

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Reviewed by blanche-2 8

Paul Newman stars as Rocky Graziano in the middleweight champion&#39;s life story, &quot;Somebody Up There Likes Me,&quot; directed with spirit by Robert Wise. The film covers Rocky Barbella&#39;s young life on the mean streets of New York, made all the meaner by his juvenile delinquent presence and that of his friends. Totally out of control, Barbella steals, runs, and punches his way through his home life, reform school, and prison, including his army stint where he knocks out a corporal and goes AWOL, then assuming the name Graziano. It&#39;s not long before his talent is put to good use in the ring. The respectability and success he gains is short-lived, however, when he refuses to take a dive but then fails to report it to the boxing commission or identify the criminals.<br/><br/>The film covers Graziano&#39;s marriage to his wife of 47 years, Norma, and his historic fight with Tony Zale. Pier Angeli plays the petite but tough Norma, who knows just how to handle her husband; Eileen Heckert is marvelous as Rocky&#39;s mother. Harold Stone, as Rocky&#39;s disillusioned father, is very good in the difficult role of an unlikeable man with an uneasy relationship with his son. Sal Mineo is effective as Romolo, Rocky&#39;s friend from the neighborhood.<br/><br/>James Dean was to play Graziano but after his death, the role went to Paul Newman. Words are not really adequate to describe the young Newman&#39;s work in this film. He totally inhabits the character of Graziano and loses what one thinks of as &quot;Paul Newman&quot; in the bargain. One of the hardest accents to do without making it sound phony is a New York one, yet Newman pulls it off with no problem. Though Dean would have been excellent, Newman&#39;s portrayal is a treasure. He&#39;s angry, sympathetic, scrappy, vulnerable and caring - in short, a flawed human being. It&#39;s one of the finest performances on film.

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