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Somebody Up There Likes Me

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Original title
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Running time
113 min.
United States United States
Ernest Lehman
Bronislau Kaper
Joseph Ruttenberg (B&W)
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Drama | Biography. Sports. Boxing
Synopsis / Plot
Robert Wise, who directed the classic boxing noir The Set-Up in 1948, also made this 1956 biopic about the life of Rocky Graziano, a one-time juvenile delinquent from New York's back streets who became World Middleweight Champion. Paul Newman, though in the thick of his mannered, Method approach to acting in those days, is wonderful as the impoverished young Graziano, who finds success in the ring through a combination of talent, hope, and tenacity. The script by Ernest Lehman is layered with well-meaning social-consciousness and observations about the effects of poverty, but that is less impressive than cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg's outstanding footage of fight scenes. Steve McQueen and Robert Loggia made their screen debuts with this film.
1956: 2 Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Cinematography B&W. 3 Nominations
1956: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
1956: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1956: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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