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The story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.
The story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.
Paul Newman Pier Angeli Everett Sloane Eileen Heckart Sal Mineo Harold J. Stone Arch Johnson Joseph Buloff Sammy White Steve McQueen Robert P. Lieb Theodore Newton Stanley Adams Fred Aldrich Leon Alton William Boyett Bart Braverman John Breen Frank Campanella Walter Cartier Angela Cartwright George Cisar Russ Clark Tom Coleman Russ Conway Gene Coogan Clancy Cooper Matt Crowley Michael Dante Show All…
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I like it. Packs an emotional punch. Performances are a force to be reckoned with. Those striking visuals will beat you below the belt. The story though... it’s not that it’s bad. It's just a little Rocky.
robert wise TRULY is the king of opening shots...anyway this was so surprisingly pure n good (plus you get to see paul newman boxing and bb steve mcqueen), I immediately checked out rocky's wikipedia page and someone went to the trouble of saying how stable and happy his and norma's marriage was! thank you!!
Paul Newman's prolific screen career was sparked exactly as Sylvester Stallone's prolific screen career was:
Playing a fringe deadbeat boxer with a quirky accent named Rocky who conquers hardship, goes the distance, and falls in love with a shy woman.
(noted blink-and-you'll-miss-it roles: Steve McQueen, Sal Mineo, and Robert Loggia! A Greek-sculptured Robert Loggia.)
(Robert Wise is a very fine director. Ranked list pending.)
A young, Brando-ish Paul Newman is the inarticulate, brutalised inner-city middleweight Rocky Graziano - definitely - in this bruising boxing biopic.
While the star doesn't unfailingly convince as a thick, Italian-American New Yorker, he does bring a compulsive dynamism to the part, while anticipating a trio of his most indelible creations: Fast Eddie Felson, Hud and Cool Hand Luke.
The rest of the film is interesting too, its clichés and the disjointed coupling of its various elements offset by frequent Hitchcock screenwriter Ernest Lehman's smart decision to frame this as a story of poor immigrant communities trying (hopelessly?) to make something of themselves - without being stitched up by the establishment.
It lacks the myth-making cohesion of Body and Soul,…
this is such a disappointment, and it's not the filmmakers' faults. rocky is so clearly a james dean part, and while paul newman's performance isn't bad, it's just so hard to watch this without thinking that he's just not right for the role. he does this hard brooklyn accent and has this slouched delinquent posture, and perhaps it's just because it's his first ever leading role and second ever movie, but the whole thing comes off as forced, whereas if james dean had lived to play this part he would have brought a more natural, fluid energy with a wider range of physicality and expression. again, there's nothing anyone involved with making this can do about the fact that paul…
Starring Paul Newman in one of his most interesting performances, Robert Wise's Somebody Up There Likes Me is a haunting piece of cinema.
Newman wasn't the first choice for the career-making part of the rash and real-life champion Rocky Graziano. It's just impossible to think of James Dean as a more suitable actor, though. Come to think of it, perhaps not even Brando himself had pulled it off better than Newman, who made Somebody Up There Likes Me in Brando's shadow.
The picture also showcases the gift of director Wise for social commentary and, ultimately, human comedy. Good boxing movies are always gritty and noirish, but not nearly often as sensitive as this one. Featuring a rare mixture of well-balanced…
The film which catapulted Paul Newman to stardom after the untimely death of James Dean. Robert Wise directs, with Pier Angeli in support. You can see Newman's star quality shine through in this story about the life of boxer Rocky Graziano. And if you pay attention, you'll see another movie legend making his first appearance, in a checked shirt, wielding a knife. He isn't credited, but he's recognisably Steve McQueen.
I ain’t no good, I never will be. Everybody knows it. Why don’t you give up on me, will you?
Rocky, a young man turned hard by a cruel childhood and a difficult life, grows to utilise his fiery emotions into a talent with boxing. Based on a real boxer, this is, essentially, the first real ‘Rocky’ film, and it’s damn good too. While Newman’s Italian accent is none at all the best and sometimes just slips entirely and his constant swaggering might seem hammy at times, he really gives such a passionate performance that it’s hard not to enjoy watching him explode in every other scene. The movie is long and in depth and shows many different times in…
I really, really wonder how James Dean would have pulled this role off. Not that he couldn't, Dean could act, but it demanded so much more physicality than his other roles had up to that point. The emotional similarities would have definitely been there -- characters struggling to please people, struggling to connect with an absent father. It would have been something to see, no doubt.
But of course he died and Newman was cast. And Newman is brilliant and probably makes for a better boxer than Dean would have. The sheer rage in Newman's flying fists kept me spellbound during the boxing scenes, particularly the desperate ones.
The rest of the movie is fairly melodramatic, though Pier Angeli is…
Another terrific work from Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Haunting). It the film's opening moments a young Rocky (later expertly played by Paul Newman) is relentlesly bullied by his father. It's the first indication that the will not attempt to polish the grit of its characters and its world. In many ways Somebody Up There Likes Me feels like a precursor to the rage and emotions displayed decades later in, Raging Bull.
This films should be in the conversation as one of the great sports-dramas.
While Paul Newman had done work in plays, TV, and even a screen debut with "The Silver Challice" (also starring Pier Angeli) but it was "Somebody Up There Likes Me" that served as his proper introduction to film audiences a boxing tale that will feel familiar to anyone who has watched the "Rocky" movies. Newman's "Italian" accent is less than credible but his already superb screen presence and likability make it a non issue.
"Rocky" added the workout montage and "Raging Bull" added the brutality but other than that its surprising how little has changed in terms of the general arc of the boxing movie set out here.
This was directed by Robert Wise who had one of the most…
This film is Rocky meets Raging Bull... but over 20 years before either of them.
A well worthy breakthrough for Paul Newman. An amazing line up of the prolific director Robert Wise, the versatile writer Ernest Lehman, and inspirational cinematography of Joseph Ruttenberg.
This is the boxing biopic that started it all. Recommended!
I have no idea what I just watched.
My year of Paul Newman continues. His accent can be tough sometimes, but he’s still great. Nice early Steve McQueen appearance.
It was supposed to be a vehicle for James Dean, but it wasn't meant to be. This is the movie that made Paul Newman a star and deservedly so. His New York accent is so spot on that I sometimes thought it was somebody else. He really did his best, together with the rest of the cast, led by Dean's fiancee, Pier Angeli, a phenomenal character actor Everett Sloane and Sal Mineo, another tragic Hollywood figure. They all did a great job, but this is primarily a Paul Newman's film, and he does Rocky Graziano justice properly. I couldn't find any enormous flaws, everything is OK, however it is not a top-notch biopic, for it delivers everything one would expect,…
originally written as a blog essay
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (Robert Wise, USA, 1956) — 8
I’m not exactly shy about loving certain films more than I “should,” or about the fact I’m a huge real-boxing fan and will watch boxing films even when they’re not good. But this film actually is very good, practically the Platonic form Boxing Biopic.
I know when I saw this movie the first time (this is about my 4th viewing), I was resistant to Paul Newman’s performance, thinking of it as a mannered caricature of a lower-class “guido” from someone who I knew from his life and later icongraphy was the very opposite and also didn’t look terribly like Graziano.
I'm not a boxing fan and I know nothing about the man the movie was about but the performances were very strong and overall the picture was very good so I'm basing my score on those factors.
A total blast. Newman is great as always, awesome fight scenes, corny yet also sort of atypical romance plot. The first half is better than the second though.
Vannak apró hibái, de csodálatos mozi. Az eleje tiszta Volt egyszer egy Amerika. Marty és Francis is bírhatta. (10/10 - od)
Rocky Graziano was right, Paul Newman was too pretty to play him in a movie. But so was James Dean. I guess this was the era before they cast real Italian-Americans in lead Italian-American roles.
Extremely unique, great voice, surprisingly deep and emotionally effective
There's a James Dean sized crater at the center of this film. To make matters worse, Paul Newman's trying his hardest to squeeze into it. He clearly doesn't fit, and despite being taller and leaner than said crater, he looks like a dwarf when compared to it.
There's just some holes you can't fill.
Good movie for Paul Newman - accent was a bit dodgy though
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