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Somebody Up There Likes Me (3-Jul-1956)

Director: Robert Wise

Writer: Ernest Lehman

Based on a book: Somebody Up There Likes Me by Rocky Graziano with Rowland Barber (autobiography)

Music by: Bronislau Kaper

Producer: Charles Schnee

Keywords: Sports Drama, Boxing, Biography

Young petty criminal Rocky Barbella from the Lower East Side serves time in jail, get drafted by the Army, and goes AWOL before discovering his true calling as a middleweight boxer, under the name Rocky Graziano. Along the way he marries a Jewish girl, played by Pier Angeli. Paul Newman is superb in this role, originally intended for James Dean. Received Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Set Decoration, and a nomination for Best Editing.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Pier Angeli
19-Jun-1932 10-Sep-1971 Tomorrow Is Too Late
Joseph Buloff
20-Jan-1899 27-Feb-1985 Yiddish stage actor
Eileen Heckart
29-Mar-1919 31-Dec-2001 Butterflies Are Free
Sal Mineo
10-Jan-1939 12-Feb-1976 Dies in Rebel Without A Cause
Paul Newman
26-Jan-1925 26-Sep-2008 Salad dressing magnate
Theodore Newton
4-Aug-1904 28-Feb-1963 The Working Man
Everett Sloane
1-Oct-1909 6-Aug-1965 Patterns
Harold J. Stone
3-Mar-1911 18-Nov-2005 The Harder They Fall


Paul Newman   ...   Rocky Graziano
Pier Angeli   ...   Norma
Everett Sloane   ...   Irving Cohen
Eileen Heckart   ...   Ma Barbella
Sal Mineo   ...   Romolo
Harold J. Stone   ...   Nick Barbella
Joseph Buloff   ...   Benny
Sammy White   ...   Whitey Bimstein
Arch Johnson   ...   Heldon
Robert Lieb   ...   Interrogator
Theodore Newton   ...   Commissioner Eagan


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