Somebody Up There Likes Me Reviews

  • Sep 20, 2020

    Worth watching. Cannot help but compare the movie to Sly Stallone's Rocky. Stallone's Rocky was fictional, based on Chuck Wepner, whereas Newman's was based on a real life story. Paul Newman, of course, is head and shoulders above Stallone in his performance. Scripts of both movies are very, very similar, almost identical. But the acting of Newman and his love interest is so much better, that it is almost an unfair comparison. Good movie.

    Worth watching. Cannot help but compare the movie to Sly Stallone's Rocky. Stallone's Rocky was fictional, based on Chuck Wepner, whereas Newman's was based on a real life story. Paul Newman, of course, is head and shoulders above Stallone in his performance. Scripts of both movies are very, very similar, almost identical. But the acting of Newman and his love interest is so much better, that it is almost an unfair comparison. Good movie.

  • Sep 11, 2020

    Paul Newman never made a bad movie, except for his first--The Silver chalice.

    Paul Newman never made a bad movie, except for his first--The Silver chalice.

  • Jan 08, 2020

    Somebody Up There Likes Me is an excellent. It is about the life of boxer Rocky Graziano. Paul Newman and Pier Angeli give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Robert Wise did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama.

    Somebody Up There Likes Me is an excellent. It is about the life of boxer Rocky Graziano. Paul Newman and Pier Angeli give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Robert Wise did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama.

  • Mar 02, 2019

    Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947. Paul Newman's talent is large and flexible, revealing an approach to the Graziano character that scores tremendously. 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. Pier Angeli plays Norma Graziano and she add so much to the film who always looks out for Graziano the man, as opposed to Graziano the boxer. Angeli plays the part well . Great film .

    Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947. Paul Newman's talent is large and flexible, revealing an approach to the Graziano character that scores tremendously. 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. Pier Angeli plays Norma Graziano and she add so much to the film who always looks out for Graziano the man, as opposed to Graziano the boxer. Angeli plays the part well . Great film .

  • Antonius B Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Apr 11, 2016

    Constant une histoire probablement très romancée de Rocky Graziano, Somebody Up There Likes Me est un très bon film de Robert Wise, une success story dans le monde de la boxe des années 50s, avec un Paul Newman absolument stellaire dans le rôle principal (prenant la suite d'un James Dean qui mourut juste avant le tournage) et un supporting cast extrêmement solide, Everett Sloane en tête. Très drôle et pourtant souvent émouvant, le film de Robert Wise est un film constamment divertissant, qui parvient à être très concis (le monteur Albert Akst s'est surpassé pour son dernier film) et à enchaîner, avec les moyens du bord, près de 20 ans d'une vie bien rempli, entre la délinquance, l'armée, la prison et le monde de la boxe professionnelle. Somebody Up There Likes Me est un excellent film, qui a clairement servi d'inspiration à Sly pour Rocky.

    Constant une histoire probablement très romancée de Rocky Graziano, Somebody Up There Likes Me est un très bon film de Robert Wise, une success story dans le monde de la boxe des années 50s, avec un Paul Newman absolument stellaire dans le rôle principal (prenant la suite d'un James Dean qui mourut juste avant le tournage) et un supporting cast extrêmement solide, Everett Sloane en tête. Très drôle et pourtant souvent émouvant, le film de Robert Wise est un film constamment divertissant, qui parvient à être très concis (le monteur Albert Akst s'est surpassé pour son dernier film) et à enchaîner, avec les moyens du bord, près de 20 ans d'une vie bien rempli, entre la délinquance, l'armée, la prison et le monde de la boxe professionnelle. Somebody Up There Likes Me est un excellent film, qui a clairement servi d'inspiration à Sly pour Rocky.

  • Jan 02, 2016

    1st time viewing. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    1st time viewing. Thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Jan 24, 2015

    I don't care about the fighting but the characters were interesting

    I don't care about the fighting but the characters were interesting

  • Dec 10, 2014

    Robert Wise has a lot to answer for - after all, he is responsible for editing The Magnificent Ambersons when it was taken away from Orson Welles (there is also The Sound of Music). But he does know how to craft a film - something he may have learned when he was part of Val Lewton's stable of directors doing low budget but effective horror films in the '40's. You can see this craft in films like Odds Against Tomorrow or The Haunting...and in this film which is based on boxer Rocky Graziano's autobiography (with a screenplay by Ernest "North by Northwest" Lehman). Paul Newman is young and hungry as Rocky - and once you get used to his cruddy Brooklyn accent, his performance is electrifying. Method acting probably but it works and everything hangs together just right. Wise creates a good sense of time and place and, although predictable, the story is punchy and compelling. You can see how this may have influenced Scorsese's Raging Bull. Won an Oscar for B&W cinematography and it shows.

    Robert Wise has a lot to answer for - after all, he is responsible for editing The Magnificent Ambersons when it was taken away from Orson Welles (there is also The Sound of Music). But he does know how to craft a film - something he may have learned when he was part of Val Lewton's stable of directors doing low budget but effective horror films in the '40's. You can see this craft in films like Odds Against Tomorrow or The Haunting...and in this film which is based on boxer Rocky Graziano's autobiography (with a screenplay by Ernest "North by Northwest" Lehman). Paul Newman is young and hungry as Rocky - and once you get used to his cruddy Brooklyn accent, his performance is electrifying. Method acting probably but it works and everything hangs together just right. Wise creates a good sense of time and place and, although predictable, the story is punchy and compelling. You can see how this may have influenced Scorsese's Raging Bull. Won an Oscar for B&W cinematography and it shows.

  • Aug 06, 2013

    Not a bad boxing movie, but there's plenty of melodrama.

    Not a bad boxing movie, but there's plenty of melodrama.