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Release Date:
19 December 1980 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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It really is harder to Stay At the Top than to Reach the Top; just because Life has No Justice. See more (465 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Jake La Motta

Cathy Moriarty ... Vickie La Motta

Joe Pesci ... Joey

Frank Vincent ... Salvy

Nicholas Colasanto ... Tommy Como

Theresa Saldana ... Lenore
Mario Gallo ... Mario
Frank Adonis ... Patsy
Joseph Bono ... Guido
Frank Topham ... Toppy
Lori Anne Flax ... Irma

Charles Scorsese ... Charlie - Man with Como
Don Dunphy ... Himself - Radio Announcer for Dauthuille Fight
Bill Hanrahan ... Eddie Eagan
Rita Bennett ... Emma - Miss 48's
James V. Christy ... Dr. Pinto
Bernie Allen ... Comedian
Floyd Anderson ... Jimmy Reeves - Reeves Fight
Gene LeBell ... Ring Announcer - Reeves Fight (as Gene Lebell)
Harold Valan ... Referee - Reeves Fight
Victor Magnotta ... Fighting Soldier - Reeves Fight
Johnny Barnes ... Sugar Ray Robinson - First Robinson Fight
John Thomas ... Trainer - First Robinson Fight
Kenny Davis ... Referee - First Robinson Fight
Paul Carmello ... Ring Announcer - First Robinson Fight
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Ring Announcer - Second Robinson Fight and Dauthuille Fight (as Jimmy Lennon)
Bobby Rings ... Referee - Second Robinson Fight
Kevin Mahon ... Tony Janiro - Janiro Fight
Marty Denkin ... Referee - Janiro Fight (as Martin Denkin)

Shay Duffin ... Ring Announcer - Janiro Fight
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad ... Billy Fox - Fox Fight
Dick Whittington ... Ring Announcer - Fox Fight (as 'Sweet' Dick Whittington)

Jack Lotz ... Referee - Fox Fight

Kevin Breslin ... Heckler - Fox Fight
Louis Raftis ... Marcel Cerdan - Cerdan Fight
Frank Shain ... Ring Announcer - Cerdan Fight
Coley Wallace ... Joe Louis - Cerdan Fight
Fritzie Higgins ... Woman with Vickie - Cerdan Fight
George Latka ... Referee - Cerdan Fight
Fred Dennis ... Cornerman #1 - Cerdan Fight
Robert B. Loring ... Cornerman #2 - Cerdan Fight
Johnny Turner ... Laurent Dauthuille - Dauthuille Fight
Vern De Paul ... Dauthuille's Trainer - Dauthuille Fight
Chuck Hassett ... Referee - Dauthuille Fight
Ken Richards ... Reporter at Phone Booth - Dauthuille Fight
Peter Fain ... Dauthuille Corner Man - Dauthuille Fight
Billy Varga ... Ring announcer - Third Robinson Fight (as Count Billy Varga)
Harvey Parry ... Referee - Third Robinson Fight
Ted Husing ... Himself - Third Robinson Fight Announcer (voice) (archive footage)

Michael Badalucco ... Soda Fountain Clerk
Thomas Beansy Lobasso ... Beansy
Paul Forrest ... Monsignor
Peter Petrella ... Johnny
Sal Serafino Tomassetti ... Webster Hall Bouncer

Geraldine Smith ... Janet
Mardik Martin ... Copa Waiter
Maryjane Lauria ... Girl #1
Linda Artuso ... Girl #2

Peter Savage ... Jackie Curtie
Daniel P. Conte ... Detroit Promoter
Joe Malanga ... Bodyguard
Sabine Turco Jr. ... Bouncer at Copa
Steve Orlando ... Bouncer at Copa
Silvio García Jr. ... Bouncer at Copa
John Arceri ... Maitre 'D
Joseph A. Morale ... Man at Table #1
James Dimodica ... Man at Table #1
Robert Uricola ... Man Outside Cab
Andrea Orlando ... Woman in Cab
Allan Malamud ... Reporter at Jake's House
D.J. Blair ... State Attorney Bronson

Laura James ... Mrs. Bronson
Richard McMurray ... J.R.
Mary Albee ... Underage I.D. Girl
Lisa Katz ... Woman with I.D. Girl
Candy Moore ... Linda
Richard A. Berk ... Musician #1
Theodore Saunders ... Musician #2
Noah Young ... Musician #3
Nick Trisko ... Bartender Carlo
Lou Tiano ... Ricky
Bob Evan Collins ... Arresting Deputy #1
Wally K. Berns ... Arresting Deputy #2 (as Wally Berns)
Allen Joseph ... Jeweler (as Allan Joseph)
Bob Aaron ... Prison Guard #1
Glenn Leigh Marshall ... Prison Guard #2

Martin Scorsese ... Barbizon Stagehand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Barbi ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Joseph Bergmann ... Sailor at Ballroom (uncredited)
Scott Crawford ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Restaurant Doorman (uncredited)
Bruno DiGiorgi ... Soda Fountain Clerk #2 (uncredited)
Marty Farrell ... Heckler in Bar (uncredited)

Bobby Giordano ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Charles Guardino ... New Yorker (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Cornerman (uncredited)
Michael Charles Hill ... Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Leonard B. John ... New Yorker (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... Cornerman (uncredited)
Angelo Lamonea ... Cornerman (uncredited)
Tony Lip ... Patron at Nightclub (uncredited)
Bill Mazer ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mike Miles ... Sparring Partner (uncredited)
Thomas Murphy ... J.R.'s Friend (uncredited)

Dennis O'Neill ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Cornerman (uncredited)
Gene Allan Poe ... Audie Murphy (uncredited)

Jerry Schram ... Party Dancer (uncredited)
Glenn Stanton ... Bar Hand (uncredited)

John Turturro ... Man at Webster Hall Table (uncredited)

McKenzie Westmore ... Jake's Daughter (uncredited)

Jimmy Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
 
Writing credits
Jake LaMotta (based on the book by) (as Jake La Motta)

Joseph Carter (with) and
Peter Savage (with)

Paul Schrader (screenplay) and
Mardik Martin (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Hal W. Polaire .... associate producer
Peter Savage .... produced in association with
Irwin Winkler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Pietro Mascagni 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thelma Schoonmaker 
 
Casting by
Cis Corman 
 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson 
Frederic C. Weiler  (as Fred Weiler)
Carl Biddiscombe (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
John Boxer 
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Verne Caruso .... hairstylist
Mary Keats .... hairstylist
Mike Maggi .... makeup artist
Mona Orr .... hairstylist
Jean Burt Reilly .... hairstylist
Michael Westmore .... makeup creator
Allen Payne .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
James D. Brubaker .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... dga trainee
Elie Cohn .... second assistant director
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director
Joan Van Horn .... second assistant director (as Joan Feinstein)
Allan Wertheim .... first assistant director
Robert Barth .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Terry L. Adams .... assistant property master
Kirk Axtell .... art director: Los Angeles
Hank Bauer .... chief carpenter
Emily Ferry .... property master
Sheldon Haber .... art director: New York
William Lowry .... construction grip (as William J. Lowry Sr.)
Gene Ludvigsen .... construction foreman
Alan Manser .... art director: Los Angeles
Jack Mortellaro .... set dresser
Eugene Powell .... scenic artist
Gene Rudolf .... production designer: New York
Thomas Saccio .... property master (as Tom Saccio)
Hans Swanson .... assistant property master
Louis S. Toth Jr. .... head construction grip (as Lou Toth Jr.)
Linda Conaway-Parsloe .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Evje .... sound mixer
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editor
Walter A. Gest .... recordist (as Walter Gest)
Richard Guinness .... boom operator
David J. Kimball .... re-recording engineer
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Victoria Martin .... assistant sound effects editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording engineer
Bill Nicholson .... re-recording engineer
Gary Ritchie .... recordist
Robert Sciretta .... cableman
Murray Siegel .... cableman
Chester Slomka .... sound effects editor
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects supervising editor (as Frank Warner)
Bill Wylie .... sound effects editor (as William J. Wylie)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Raymond Klein .... special effects
Max E. Wood .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Nickerson)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
David Copeland .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
Konrad Sheehan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant cameraman
Peter J. Breen .... dolly grip
Robert Connors .... best boy (as Robert Conners)
Rick Fee .... second assistant cameraman (as Richard Fee)
Henry Fusco .... best boy
Tom Gilligan .... best boy
Edward Gold .... camera operator (as Eddie Gold)
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Bruce MacCallum .... second assistant cameraman (as Bruce Mc Callum)
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joe Marquette)
Ray Mendez .... gaffer
Robert Miller .... key grip
Barry Ping .... best boy
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Ed Quinn .... key grip
Eddie Ramirez .... first assistant cameraman (as Ed Ramirez)
Ricki-Ellen Brooke .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Vincent Donohue .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Don E. FauntLeRoy .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Kelly .... grip (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Gail Kaszynski .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Loger .... costumer (as Bill Loger)
Betty M. Nowell .... costumer
Marilyn Putnam .... costumer
Dean Skipworth .... costumer
Andrea E. Weaver .... costumer (as Andrea Weaver)
 
Editorial Department
Craig Bassett .... assistant editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Mellissa Bretherton .... assistant editor
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... assistant editor (as Lisa Churgin)
Jeffrey Friedman .... assistant editor (as Jeff Friedman)
Jim Henry .... timer: black and white
Yoshio Kishi .... associate editor
John Mavros .... assistant editor
Michael R. Miller .... assistant editor (as Michael Miller)
Susan E. Morse .... associate editor
Sonya Polonsky .... first assistant editor
Erik T. Ramberg .... associate editor
Mary Scott .... assistant editor
Karen I. Stern .... assistant editor (as Karen Stern)
George Trirogoff .... associate editor
Mark Warner .... associate editor
William Chartoff .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna .... musician
 
Transportation Department
George Alden .... transportation captain
Ed Arter .... transportation captain (as Edward D. Arter)
Tom O'Brien .... transportation captain
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tim Athan .... production assistant
Dale Benson .... location manager
Marion Billings .... publicist
William Chartoff .... production assistant (as Billy Chartoff)
Bud Conley .... craft service
Christopher Cronyn .... location manager (as Chris Cronyn)
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producers
Jean De Niro .... production assistant
Lenay Drucker .... assistant to associate producer
Donna Gigliotti .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
June Rachel Guterman .... production assistant (as June Guterman)
Mary Hickey .... production assistant
Rob Hummel .... special assistance
Lori Imbler .... assistant to producers
Moira Kelly .... production office coordinator
Jake LaMotta .... consultant (as Jake La Motta)
Kyle McCarthy .... assistant to associate producer (as Kyle Mc Carthy)
Emmet Murphy .... special assistance
Gloria Norris .... research
Dan Perri .... title designer
Janice M. Pieroni .... production assistant (as Janice Pieroni)
Lydia Resurreccion .... production accountant
Mark Rubin .... production assistant
Gene Rudolf .... visual consultant: Los Angeles
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
Deborah Schindler .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Steve Schottenfeld .... production assistant
Meryle Selinger .... production accountant
Al Silvani .... boxing technical advisor
Shawn Slovo .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Donna Smith .... production office coordinator
Marie Sorell .... first aid
Helene Spinner .... production office coordinator
David Ticotin .... production assistant
Rachel Ticotin .... production assistant
Johanne Todd .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Frank Topham .... technical advisor
Charles Winkler .... production assistant
Todd Coleman .... personal assistant: Mr. De Niro (uncredited)
Doby Daenger .... gofer (uncredited)
Mark Del Costello .... personal assistant: Mr. Scorsese (uncredited)
Michael Neale .... location manager (uncredited)
Marty Eli Schwartz .... location manager (uncredited)
Michael Uslan .... production attorney (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Haig Manoogian .... acknowledgement: remembering teacher, May 23, 1916 - May 26, 1980, with love and resolution, Marty. (as Haig P. Manoogian)
Budd Schulberg .... acknowledgement: excerpts taken from the screenplay of "On the Waterfront"
 
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129 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Israel:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Spain:18 (1st DVD Edition) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2000) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (certificate #26171) | West Germany:16 (bw)

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Executives at United Artists were very reluctant to finance the film as they were perturbed by the extreme profanity and violence in the screenplay. With some justification, as it transpired: at one point it was doubtful whether the film would be released in the UK at all due to its extreme nature.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Jake LaMotta is portrayed deliberately throwing a fight against the "still undefeated" Billy Fox on November 1947. Fox had actually lost one professional match only a few months before: on February 1947 against Gus Lesnevich (by TKO at 10th round).See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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30 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
It really is harder to Stay At the Top than to Reach the Top; just because Life has No Justice., 24 September 2008
Author: Cihan Sean Victorydawn Vercan (CihanVercan) from Ottawa, Canada

Whoever is dissatisfied by Raging Bull, I'm sure they watched it with expectations of watching a sports movie, like Rocky. Despite the AFI chose Raging Bull as the #1 sports movie of all time, you can't expect to see the most breathtaking boxing match nor to witness the best crochet of boxing history. Raging Bull can only be classified as a drama/biography. Director Scorsese chose to go with black&white cinematography only to keep the young viewers away from this masterpiece of art. It's not fair to compare Rocky with Raging Bull. Rocky was a populist movie mostly for young viewers, and Raging Bull is a cinematic masterpiece. From a wide point of view, for instance, if you look at one of the Michelangelo's paintings; at first you see a nude woman, if you look longer and deeper you realize that her nudity expresses some thought, if you look continuously and give a life to it in your imagination you discover that the women are not just their bodies. Accordingly, like it is not enough looking once to a painting to understand what opinion does it defend; it is not reasonable and not fair to watch Raging Bull so as to see a sports movie. Also it is not reasonable to see Raging Bull only once. Raging Bull is one movie that, every time you watch it you get a better taste, every time you watch it you discover something new.

Raging Bull taught us that even if you are the best at some skill, even if you are the best of all; you need to create witnesses, admirers and supporters of your skill. It's the only way to reach the top. Moreover, it is harder to stay at the top than to reach the top. Not because someone better than you can defeat you, it's just because of the need to be accepted on every authority; like the Council of Judges, the Media and the Admiration of People. Director Scorsese draws benefit from the hypocrisy of fame. He empowers Raging Bull to make people ask to their conscience if the popular values that people choose can really cherish their values.

In Raging Bull, Jake La Motta was the best boxer of all, but people didn't like him. He was disrespectful, he was uncivilized, he was very ugly, he was arrogant, he was irritable and he didn't care; 'cause he believed himself. Despite the fact that he is the best, everybody disliked him. Soon, he was left alone; and in a very short time he lost everything he possessed. When he opened his eyes back to life, he found himself in prison. The scene that he is punching and butting the wall facing him is one of the most heart rending memorable scenes of the whole cinema history.

At the end, he finally throws in the towel of believing himself, he loses his faith and becomes to learn what he never wanted to learn: The Fame. He starts running his own business at a night club under his name, working as a stand-up comedian at the stage. People laugh at him for the jokes he made out of his memories, the jokes paraphrasing the bitter facts of life; including the very famous joke of the British King Richard-III which he said in the year 1485 just before dying: "A horse, a horse... My kingdom for a horse!". There we understand truly: For every joke there lies a share of a fact underneath.

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