Somebody Up There Likes Me

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The abuse Rocky Barbella (Paul Newman) 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 (Pier Angeli), and fulfill his potential as a fighter.

Cast & Crew

Everett Sloane
Irving Cohen
Harold J. Stone
Nick Barbella
Sammy White
Whitey Bimstein
Robert P. Lieb
District Attorney Hogan
Ernest Lehman
Screenwriter
Bronislau Kaper
Original Music
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Albert Akst
Film Editor
Malcolm Brown
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
F. Keogh Gleason
Set Decoration
Edwin B. Willis
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Critic Reviews for Somebody Up There Likes Me

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  • Mar 24, 2018
    This was Paul Newman's second film, and because his first was so poor, it was the one that launched his career. He got the role of Rocky Graziano after James Dean, who was originally cast, tragically died. Graziano is shown for a good portion of the film as an out of control young man, stealing things, running rackets, and defying authority - even that of the US Army. Newman plays the part reasonably well, and though he was a little over-the-top at times, his presence and charisma more than make up for it. While the story is somewhat predictable, since we know Graziano will someday be a world champion boxer, it's well told by director Robert Wise, and not shy about showing us his shortcomings (with the real Graziano's full approval). His relationship with his father (Harold J. Stone), who had his own boxing dreams frustrated, is very touching. The real hero of the story is his wife (Pier Angeli), who always looks out for Graziano the man, as opposed to Graziano the boxer. Angeli plays the part well, playing her supportive scenes without being cloying, getting tough when she needs to be, and having a couple of very cute scenes with their daughter (Angela Cartwright) besides. "Baby, your father is the champ," exclaims mom. "I have to go to the bathroom," the little one replies. It's in human moments like these that make the film, and the action in the final boxing match is pretty good as well.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2011
    One of the best sports bio movies ever done. But, the highlight of the film is Pier Angeli. The under appreciated Italian actor plays the long-suffering wife of boxer Rocky Graziano, Norma.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2010
    A flawless movie on all accounts, it's one of the best boxing movies to ever be made. Its longstanding reputation is well warranted and I feel like it should be praised even more. Paul Newman is both charming and determined, he plays a character that has truly had nothing to his name since he was born and been treated as though he is worthless and stupid. It's so powerful and inspiring when he turns his whole life around and gets everything he goes for. The visual style of this is downright scary, there is not one shot that doesn't look hand crafted and meticulously planned out. Robert Wise created a film that is both a great piece of entertainment and an unforgettable piece of cinema.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2009
    barring butch cassidy and the sundance kid i think this is now my favourite paul newman performance. i know only a few days ago it was the left handed gun but y'know... i'm working my way through a newman boxset... so that's my excuse! aside from arguing with myself over which is paul newmans best performance this is the best boxing film i've seen apart from possibly clints million dollar baby, but it's better than raging bull or any of the rocky flicks. high drama and high octane
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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