Somebody up There Likes Me

Somebody up There Likes Me

DVD - 2006
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Inspiring tale about Rocky Graziano's rise from poverty and rage to the middleweight title.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2006
ISBN: 9781419842771
Branch Call Number: DVD SOMEBOD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Question: Is there such a thing as a boxing movie that isn't just a total cliché from start to finish? 'Cause if there is, then I'd sure like to know about it. I really would. ~~~ With that said, you have my personal guarantee that 1956's Somebody Up There Likes Me is such a predictable cliché-of-a-boxing-movie that, at times, it's almost too painful to endure. ~~~ On top of having this one major strike against it, this film also lost itself some significant points for its gross miscasting of Paul Newman in the lead role. Newman was totally unconvincing as a full-blooded Italian/American, and his annoying copy-catting of Marlon Brando's quirky mannerisms was absolutely laughable to watch at times. ~~~ Filmed in stark b&w, Somebody Up There Likes Me's story (which was set in NYC during the 1930s & 40s) was based on the autobiography written by real-life, middleweight, boxing champ, Rocky Graziano (whose birth-name was Rocco Barbella). ~~~ Of all the many boxing films that I've seen over the years this dud has certainly proved to be one of the weakest and most unsatisfactory, by far. ~~~ By the end of the movie I literally loathed Newman's Graziano character right to the very bone. My only wish was to see one of his opponents really clean his clock, but good. But, unfortunately, this never happened. So I was left totally unsatisfied.


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