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Once you get past the fact that handsome Paul Newman could never pass for plug-ugly boxer Rocky Graziano in real life, you will be able to accept Rocky Graziano as one of the more accomplished movie biopics of the 1950s. Based on Graziano's autobiography (co-written with Rowland Barber), the film accurately depicts the teen-aged Rocky as an unregenerate punk, evidently doomed by his slum environment, and his own lousy attitude, to a life of petty crime. Determining that the only way he'll make a living is with his fists, Rocky becomes a boxer, at first willing to participate in a series of fixed fights. Eventually, Rocky develops a conscience and sense of self-respect, no small thanks to his sweetheart (and later wife) Norma (Pier Angeli). The film ends on an optimistic note after Rocky wins a "clean" bout with Tony Zale (playing himself). Training extensively with Graziano prior to and during production, Newman is quite impressive in his first worthwhile film role (this was only his third film, following the execrable Pier Angeli and the forgettable outing The Rack). The title song in Pier Angeli was written by Bronislau Kaper and Sammy Cahn, and performed by Perry Como. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 3, 1956


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Keogh Gleason Best Black and White Art Direction 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph Ruttenberg Best Black and White Cinematography 1956 Winner
Directors Guild of America Robert Wise Best Director 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Black and White Art Direction 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Black and White Art Direction 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Akst Best Editing 1956 Nominee


Paul Newman
as Rocky Graziano
Anna Maria Pier Angeli
as Norma Graziano
Everett Sloane
as Irving Cohen
Eileen Heckart
as Ma Barbella
Sal Mineo
as Romolo
Robert Loggia
as Frankie Peppo
Harold J. Stone
as Nick Barbella
Sammy White
as Whitey Bimstein
Arch Johnson
as Heldon
Theodore Newton
as Commissioner Eddie Eagan
Patty Duke
Ray Walker
as Ring Announcer
Harry Wismer
as Himself
Clancy Cooper
as Capt. Lancheck
Russ Conway
as Capt. Grifton
Judson Pratt
as Johnny Hyland
Angela Cartwright
as Audrey at Age 3
Courtland Shepard
as Tony Zale
Robert Easton
as Corporal
Jackie Kelk
as George
Mart Crowley
as Lou Stillman
John Eldredge
as Warden Niles
Ray Stricklyn
as Bryson
Billy Nelson
as Commissioner
Terry Rangno
as Rocky at Age 8
John Rosser
Michael Dante
as Shorty
Steve McQueen
as Fidel
Dean Jones
as Private
Frank Campanella
as Detective


Robert Wise
Charles Schnee
Rocky Graziano
Book Author
Ernest Lehman
Rowland Barber
Book Author
Joseph Ruttenberg
Sammy Cahn
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Bronislau Kaper
Albert Akst
Edwin B. Willis
Production Designer
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director