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Raging Bull (1980)

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The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside of it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake La Motta
... Vickie La Motta
... Joey
... Salvy
... Tommy Como
... Lenore
... Mario
Frank Adonis ... Patsy
Joseph Bono ... Guido
Frank Topham ... Toppy
Lori Anne Flax ... Irma
... Charlie - Man with Como
Don Dunphy ... Himself - Radio Announcer for Dauthuille Fight
Bill Hanrahan ... Eddie Eagan
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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Raging Bull  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,590, 16 November 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,034, 17 February 2005
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Trivia

The first of three movies where Editor Thelma Schoonmaker won an Oscar for a Martin Scorsese movie. The others being The Aviator (2004) and The Departed (2006). See more »

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When Joey and Salvy are told to shake hands (after the fight), their hands are interlocked in one shot, but in the next, they are back in their respective laps. 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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The film is in black and white, but during the opening credits, the title is in red letters. See more »


Soundtracks

Blue Velvet
(1951)
Music by Lee Morris (uncredited)
Lyrics by Bernie Wayne (uncredited)
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of CBS Records
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The most important "boxing-movie" of all times
9 February 2000 | by 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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