Somebody Up There Likes Me

Starring: PN, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Sal Mineo, Eileen Heckart, Robert Loggia, Steve McQueen

Directed by: Robert Wise

Summary: PN plays Rocky (Barbella) Graziano in the autobiographical pictoral of the boxer's life. Through his days as a street hood, to prison, going AWOL from the army, his entrance into professional boxing, his capture and return to prison, his release and ultimate conquering of the heavyweight championship of the world.

Quote: "That's okay mister, I don't need a cup, I'll just drink straight from the bottle."

Trivia: Newman studied the real Graziano for weeks before shooting to master his way of speaking and body movements.

The Newman Factor: Paul spends the majority of the film fight scenes with his shirt off, showing his finely honed physique. Acting is top notch, critics compared him to Brando and Dean (Pier Angeli, Dean's real life love played Norma, Graziano's wife). Easily a 9.

Rating: 8 out of 10, the movie is beautifully shot and edited, the story is inspiring. This movie is often overlooked for Stallone's Rocky, but offers the same heartwarming message.

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