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Raging Bull (1980)

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The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Jake LaMotta (based on the book by) (as Jake La Motta), Joseph Carter (with) | 3 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #146 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Joseph Bono ... Guido
Frank Topham Frank Topham ... Toppy
Lori Anne Flax Lori Anne Flax ... Irma
Charles Scorsese ... Charlie - Man with Como
Don Dunphy Don Dunphy ... Self - Radio Announcer for Dauthuille Fight
Bill Hanrahan Bill Hanrahan ... Eddie Eagan
Rita Bennett Rita Bennett ... Emma - Miss 48's
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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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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The On the Waterfront (1954) monologue, recited by Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, was originally spoken in its respective film by Marlon Brando. Brando and De Niro are the two actors to have portrayed Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). See more »

Goofs

Jake is shown knocking out Tony Janiro. Jake is then announced the winner by "unanimous decision." 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... 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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Crazy Credits

The film is in black and white, but during the opening credits, the title is in red letters. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several years ago, the cable channel, Turner Classic Movies showed a very skillfully edited print of Raging Bull, removing all the profanity. Turner Classic Movies no longer edits its films, so if Raging Bull is ever shown again on that channel, it will be the uncut "R" rated version. See more »


Soundtracks

Stornelli fiorentini
(1949)
Music and Lyrics by Cesare A. Bixio (uncredited)
Performed by Carlo Buti
Recording by EMI Italiana
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Bovine Pugilist & Paranoid Misogynist...
30 September 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

There's very little to like about the character portrayed here by Robert De Niro, other than to acknowledge that he took advantage of one of the few things he was good at i.e. thumping anyone who enraged him regardless of whether they were in the boxing ring or not.

The power of the movie comes from De Niro under the direction of Martin Scorsese, providing a wholly convincing performance of the furious, bitter, bovine pugilist with serious psychological issues. It is one of the truly great performances of that decade, perhaps of all time, nailing the establishment of a character it's genuinely difficult to have any empathy or sympathy with. If you dig deeper, you will not be surprised to find a serial misogynist who married seven times and who beat all of his wives. If this is your type of hero you might like to reconsider how you got there. If De Nero, Scorsese and cinema are your heroes, not too many will disagree with that.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Raging Bull See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,590, 16 November 1980

Gross USA:

$23,383,987

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,402,427
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Black and White | Color (home movies)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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