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Raging Bull (1980)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  19 December 1980 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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The majority of the film with Jake LaMotta as a younger man - including the boxing scenes - were shot first. Then production shut down for several months, giving Robert De Niro enough time to bulk up for his role as the older and much fatter La Motta. In those months, De Niro gained 60 pounds and practically eating his way through Europe with big meals. DeNiro at one point, would eat a dinner heavy in pasta and drink it down with a vanilla milkshake before going to bed. It was De Niro's idea to do it this way. These scenes were generally shot with the minimum of takes as De Niro would become exhausted much more quickly. 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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Music by Al Hoffman (uncredited)
Lyrics by John Klenner (uncredited)
Performed by Ted Weems (1947)
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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It doesn't get much better than this
25 November 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Easily one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. I have watched it at least ten times, and it only gets better and better with each viewing. Martin Scorsese is absolutely the greatest filmmaker of the last quarter century, and this film is his best. The story of how boxer Jake LaMotta watched his career and marriage crumble under the weight of his violent temper and deep-rooted misogyny is told with no punches pulled (excuse the bad pun), as Deniro (in what may be his best performance) and Scorsese unflinchingly explore what drove this man over the edge, and what ultimately may have pulled him back. The boxing scenes easily rank with the most brutal and violent moments ever put on film, shot in stark, unadorned black and white and utilizing unlikely sounds including shattering windows and animal cries to great effect. Thelma Schoonmaker's jarring, discordant editing in these scenes also deserves special mention. The scenes of domestic violence are not for the faint of heart, but there is really no other way to tell this story. If there is a more perfect exploration of why as men we act the way we do, then I'd love to see it, because this movie made me re-evaluate my life. 10/10

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