Somebody Up There Likes Me

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Based on boxer Rocky Graziano's autobiography, this film accurately depicts the teen-aged Rocky as an unregenerate punk, evidently doomed by his slum environment, and his 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.

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Paul Newman
as Rocky Graziano
Anna Maria Pier Angeli
as Norma Graziano
Everett Sloane
as Irving Cohen
Eileen Heckart
as Ma Barbella
Sal Mineo
as Romolo
Harold J. Stone
as Nick Barbella
Sammy White
as Whitey Bimstein
Robert P. Lieb
as Questioner
Theodore Newton
as Commissioner Eddie Eagan
Robert Easton
as Cpl. Quinburg
Ray Walker
as Ring Announcer
Billy Nelson
as Commissioner
Robert Loggia
as Frankie Peppo
Matt Crowley
as Lou Stillman
Judson Pratt
as Johnny Hyland
Donna Jo Gribble
as Yolanda Barbella
James Todd
as Colonel
Russ Conway
as Capt. Grifton
Harry Wismer
as Himself
Sam Taub
as Radio Announcer
Terry Rangno
as Rocky at Age 8
Jan Gillum
as Yolanda at Age 12
John Eldredge
as Warden Niles
Mart Crowley
as Lou Stillman
Clancy Cooper
as Capt. Lancheck
Dean Jones
as Private
Charles Green
as Curtis Hughtower
Angela Cartwright
as Audrey at Age 3
David Leonard
as Mr. Mueller
John Rosser
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Somebody Up There Likes Me

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

  • Paul Newman brings to awesome life the jungle qualities implicit in a slum childhood...

    Oct 1, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • Paul Newman's talent is large and flexible, revealing an approach to the Graziano character that scores tremendously.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • A disappointing biopic of Rocky Graziano, East Side delinquent turned World Middleweight Champion.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Robert Wise's direction is fast, aggressive and bright, and the picture is edited to give it a tremendous crispness and pace.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's money shot is the well-staged fight between Zale and Rocky.

    Sep 8, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Robert Wise's sports biopic of Rocky Graziano deservedly catapulted Paul Newman to major stardom; you can spot in small parts Steve McQueen, before he became a star, and Sal Mineo.

    Sep 27, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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