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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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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Raging Bull  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

According to DP Michael Chapman, the actual fight scenes were filmed at the normal 24fps rate. For scenes where Jake retires to his corner between rounds, Chapman gradually overcranked his camera by 'ear' from 24fps up to 48fps as Jake walked away (simultaneously adjusting the diaphragm to maintain exposure consistency), and then reversed procedure as Jake emerged from his corner to resume fighting - all in one shot. For the scene where Jake is doused with water in his corner, Chapman overcranked anywhere from 96fps to 120fps. See more »

Goofs

When Vicki) is sitting in the car outside Jake's club, telling him she's divorcing him, Jake, standing outside the car, puts a lit cigar in his mouth. The shot immediately switches to a point-of-view from inside the car, and Jake's mouth is empty. He then puts an unlit cigar in his mouth. The POV changes to back outside the car, then back to inside the car. Now Jake's cigar is lit, although he never lit it. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Night Court: Razing Bull (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Drum Boogie
(1941)
Music by Gene Krupa (uncredited) and Roy Eldridge (uncredited)
Performed by Gene Krupa
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Classic examination of masculinity
16 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story of boxer Jake La Motta from his rising star in the 1940's through to his own downfall and his eventual living on the cabaret circuit in the present day.

Scorsese and De Niro – nobody needs say any more. Whether it be media satire (King of Comedy), small time thugs (Mean Streets) or real gangsta s**t (Goodfellas), the two rarely miss. This was one of their best to date (and probably for ever). The story is fascinating in itself but as an examination of masculinity it excels. The film allows us to watch a man who goes along with all the things he thinks make him a man – even when those characteristics and habits begin to destroy everything he has – his marriage, his realtionships and his career. Combine this with the gripping boxing tale of ups and downs and you have a film that never outstays it's welcome.

Scorsese is on top form – the use of black and white any have been a quality issue, but he uses it well. The fight scenes are other worldly – exaggerated to the extent that it is breathtaking and more shocking than previous boxing scenes in other movies. My favourite effect is the sound editing in the fights where silence and calm seem to descend just before key moments…..amazing. The relationship stuff is also gripping and Scorsese handles he human cost just as well as he shows us the physical beatings.

De Niro is amazing – the method stuff alone is great, but his whole performance is intense. Similarly Moriaty, Pesci and Frank Vincent are excellent – however they all stand in De Niro's shadow.

Overall – an excellent film on so many levels, as a story, as a examination of masculinity, as a sports film, as a lesson in direction and editing…..this excels in so many ways – may it never drop out of the top ten from the twentieth century!


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