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.


Martin Scorsese


Jake LaMotta (based on the book by) (as Jake La Motta), Joseph Carter (with) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... 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


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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Was voted the third greatest sports movie of all time after Rocky (1976) and Bull Durham (1988) by ESPN. See more »


In the entrance to the last fight as Jake makes his way to the ring you can hear the ring announcer but as Jake passes the bottom of the ring the announcer has his hand by his side holding the microphone, therefore not able to be broadcasting. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »


Referenced in Sports Night: Smoky (1999) See more »


Music by Al Hoffman (uncredited)
Lyrics by John Klenner (uncredited)
Performed by Ted Weems (1947)
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Not about boxing but about rage and
21 September 2002 | by szenterSee all my reviews

Robert Deniro as Jake La Motta in Raging bull is a boxer who's violence in the ring spills out into his home life. This not a boxing movie per se but a character study of a near pshcotic pugilist. THis guy is just overflowing with testosterone and has a severly unbalanced mental state. Any thing that gets in his way he promptly smashes. Raging bull is a study of male rage which knows no bounds. Jake La Motta has a massive inferiority complex which drives him to the heights of brutality. IN the ring, Jake is the pride of his neighborhood. Outside the ring however he hurts his family and friends. He wants to maintain control over his wife and does so through bullying and phsical abuse. He realizes she is the better person and feels she must be having an affair whenever he is away. His performance in the ring takes away from his sex life with her. HE cannot lose control of the things he feels he has a right to. In the end who loses everything; his wife his brother's support, and his status as a boxer. WIth age his violent passions subdued in part by his great weight he becomes a mere shadow of his former self. In closing this is a brilliant picture that should have swept the 1980 academy awards. One of my alltime top ten.

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Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,590, 16 November 1980

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