Somebody Up There Likes Me

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A disappointing biopic of Rocky Graziano, East Side delinquent turned World Middleweight Champion. The trouble is that Wise forsakes the terse economy and unpretentious naturalism of The Set-Up for a rather straggling narrative which spends far too long throwing up mildly socially-conscious observations about poverty, and trying to turn the whole thing into a movie with a message about hope and determination. It's still not that bad a film, however. Newman's performance, though inflected by Method mannerisms, is powerful, and Joseph Ruttenberg's photography keeps the atmosphere sleazy and strong. Perhaps the main problem is the fact that it is a biopic, thus demanding an uplifting ending which seems to go against the grain of the romantic pessimism that governs the boxing genre.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Wise
Screenwriter: Ernest Lehman
Cast: Paul Newman
Pier Angeli
Everett Sloane
Sal Mineo
Eileen Heckart
Robert Loggia
Harold J Stone
Steve McQueen
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