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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.



(based on the book by) (as Jake La Motta), (with) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frank Topham ...
Lori Anne Flax ...
Charlie - Man with Como
Don Dunphy ...
Himself - Radio Announcer for Dauthuille Fight
Bill Hanrahan ...
Eddie Eagan
Rita Bennett ...
Emma - Miss 48's


When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Raging Bull  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,568 (USA) (28 January 2005)


$45,250 (USA) (11 February 2005)

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Did You Know?


Thelma Schoonmaker's husband, director Michael Powell, was consulted about the weight gain scenes. In Powell's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), the lead character gets significantly bigger during the course of the movie. Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro were curious how the actor Roger Livesey had achieved that effect. Powell informed them that Livesay had gotten bigger through careful use of camera angles, shaving his hair to make his head appear larger and judicious use of padding. Scorsese and De Niro felt that the film was too realistic to get away with that kind of effect so the decision was made for De Niro to physically bulk up through overeating. See more »


Tommy Como's hand position changes between shots when he has his arm around Jake when sitting at Tommy's table at the night club. See more »


[first lines]
Jake La Motta: I remember those cheers / They still ring in my ears / After years, they remain in my thoughts. / Go to one night / I took off my robe, and what'd I do? I forgot to wear shorts. / I recall every fall / Every hook, every jab / The worst way a guy can get rid of his flab. / As you know, my life wasn't drab. / Though I'd much... Though I'd rather hear you cheer / When you delve... Though I'd rather hear you cheer / When I delve into Shakespeare / "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a ...
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The film is in black and white, but during the opening credits, the title is in red letters. See more »


Referenced in Luck by Chance (2009) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Cesare A. Bixio (uncredited)
Performed by Carlo Buti
Recording by EMI Italiana
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The most important "boxing-movie" of all times
9 February 2000 | by (Brescia, Italy) – See all my reviews

Jake La Motta's story is no doubt the best movie about boxing of all times together with Robert Wise's The Set-Up. Besides the legendary performance of Robert De Niro, there are many things in this film that will remain in my heart forever: the splendid black & white, the contrast between the slow moving scenes and the frenetic ones, the choice of the music and the sense of loss which entangles the whole movie. De Niro faces another "born loser" role (after Travis Bickle, John Rubin, Johnny Boy) and strikes again; Martin Scorsese is the most poetic director of the last 30 years.

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