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Raging Bull
     

Raging Bull

4.5 11
Director: Martin Scorsese,

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci

 

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The two-disc, 20th anniversary edition of Raging Bull provides a variety of features to be explored. The first disc contains the film, scene access, and a theatrical trailer that is a beautiful selection of edited shots from the film. But it is the second disc that includes some of the more interesting extras. A 26-minute making-of documentary includes some

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The two-disc, 20th anniversary edition of Raging Bull provides a variety of features to be explored. The first disc contains the film, scene access, and a theatrical trailer that is a beautiful selection of edited shots from the film. But it is the second disc that includes some of the more interesting extras. A 26-minute making-of documentary includes some high-profile interviews, most notably the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, who guides viewers through integral scenes. She explains at length the acting methods involved, scene construction, and the use of sound. Jake La Motta himself is also featured, commenting on the accuracy of the film and the research that was undertaken by Martin Scorsese in pursuit of a realistic portrayal. The documentary includes alternative cuts of Robert De Niro and Jake La Motta reciting the "contender" scene from On the Waterfront, which reveals just how much De Niro managed to immerse himself in La Motta's character. The second feature of disc two is a selection of jokes told to the camera by the real Jake La Motta. It is hard to decide whether La Motta's ramblings are amusing or not, although each joke ends with a shot of De Niro's character announcing, "That's entertainment." Two special "hidden" features are also included in the package. The first consists of various stills of La Motta; the second, more interesting feature is a Movietone news item of La Motta's victory in defending his world middleweight title. More tangible goods include three collectors' postcards and a making-of booklet explaining some of the pre-production processes. The package as a whole is fairly comprehensive, and the emphasis on contrasting the real with the fictional provides a whole new angle from which to watch the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
Four years after Sylvester Stallone's Rocky had elevated the art of boxing to mythic, even romantic heights, Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull -- a biography of middleweight fighter Jake La Motta -- pulled the canvas from beneath the sport, revealing a dark and dangerous world inhabited not by punchy, loveable wannabes, but by brutes and bullies. Scorsese opted to shoot the film in black-and-white, effectively evoking the documentary grittiness so essential to the movie's feel, and his screenplay (cowritten by Paul Schrader) makes no apologies for La Motta's violent, abusive behavior, which was primarily directed at his wife (played superbly by newcomer Cathy Moriarity) and brother (Joe Pesci). Thelma Schoonmaker's Oscar-winning editing depicts boxing not as a graceful, slo-mo ballet of swinging arms, but instead as a sport whose punches and uppercuts draw blood and actually hurt. The true heart and soul of Raging Bull though, is Robert De Niro, whose La Motta boils over with the raw anger of a man possessed. So conscientious was De Niro's approach to the role that he even called a halt to the filming so he could gain 50 pounds to play the boxer in his later years. It is a tour-de-force performance that set a new standard for acting, and helped make Raging Bull among the most revered movies of the 1980s.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
In Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro explore the soul of a profoundly violent man and search for the human core buried deep inside him. In many ways, De Niro's performance as Jake does make him seem more like an animal than a human being; he's ruled by a volatile mixture of arrogance, paranoia, sexual confusion, and fear, and he can deal with his emotions only through violence. The physical brutality that makes Jake a champion in the boxing ring cripples his relationships with his wives, his business associates, and his brother. But even though La Motta is in many ways controlled by the worst parts of his nature, he's also aware of it on some primal level. When he commands his brother to hit him as hard as he can, it's almost as if he wants someone to knock the fight out of him (while believing, arrogantly but accurately, that it can't be done), and as Jake literally beats his head against a wall in a Florida jail cell, shouting "Why? Why? Why?" it sounds as if he's begging for an explanation of his entire life. In nearly any other film, a performance as strong and intricately detailed as De Niro's would control the entire show, but here Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty both offer superb, career-making support, while Scorsese's peerless visual sense makes this more than just another star vehicle. The boxing sequences are shot, choreographed, and edited with such audacious power and impact that it's hard to believe that they occupy only ten minutes of screen time; the beautifully designed tracking shots, the use of slow motion, and Michael Chapman's excellent black-and-white photography lend the film a stylized edge while sharpening its visceral emotional impact. With screenwriters Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin, Scorsese tells the story not of a boxer or a bad man, but of a lost soul struggling for a way out of the emotional damnation of his own brutal nature; and he tells it with such unblinking horror and understated compassion that Raging Bull has been widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful films of its era.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
UPC:
0027616604095
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:09:00

Special Features

Making-of documentary (including interviews with editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Jake La Motta); Jake La Motta feature (in which he tells jokes to the camera); Three collectors' postcards; Eight-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes, and a revealing look at the making of the film; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Jake LaMotta
Cathy Moriarty Vickie LaMotta
Joe Pesci Joey LaMotta
Frank Vincent Salvy
Nicholas Colasanto Tommy Como
Theresa Saldana Lenore
Frank Adonis Patsy
Mario Gallo Mario
Frank Topham Toppy/Handler
Johnny Barnes Sugar Ray Robinson
Kevin Mahon Tony Janiro
Ed Gregory Billy Fox
Louis Raftis Marcel Cerdan
Johnny Turner Laurent Dauthuille
Cis Corman Actor
Bill Mazer Reporter
Joseph Bono Guido
Lori Anne Flax Irma
Charles Scorsese Charlie - Man with Como
Don Dunphy Himself/Radio Announcer (Dauthuille Fight)
Bill Hanrahan Eddie Eagan
James V. Christy Dr. Pinto
Bernie Allen Comedian
Vic Magnotta Fighting Soldier
Kenny Davis Referee (1st Robinson Fight)
Jimmy Lennon Ring Announcer (2nd Robinson Fight/Dauthuille Fight)
Marty Denkin Referee (Janiro Fight)
Shay Duffin Ring Announcer (Janiro Fight)
Jack Lotz Referee (Fox Fight)
Kevin Breslin Heckler
Coley Wallace Joe Louis
Peter Fain Dauthuille Corner Man
Count Billy Varga Ring Announcer (3rd Robinson Fight)
Harvey Parry Referee (3rd Robinson Fight)
Ted Husing Himself (TV Announcer 3rd Robinson Fight)
Michael Badalucco Soda Fountain Clerk
Paul Forrest Monsignor
Peter Petrella Johnny
Geraldine Smith Janet
Mardik Martin Copa Waiter
Peter Savage Jackie Curtie
Daniel P. Conte Detroit Promoter
John Arceri Maitre d'
Robert Uricola Man outside Cab
Allan Malamud Reporter at Jake's House
Richard McMurray J.R.
Mary Albee Underage I.D. Girl
Candy Moore Linda
Noah Young Musician #3
Lou Tiano Ricky
Bob Aaron Prison Guard #1
Martin Scorsese Barbizon Stagehand
John Turturro Man at Table
Wally K. Berns Arresting Deputy #2

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director,Screenwriter
Phillip Abramson Set Decoration/Design
Kirk Axtell Art Director
John Boxer Costumes/Costume Designer
James D. Brubaker Production Manager
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Robert Chartoff Producer
Cis Corman Casting
Michael Evje Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Grandey Asst. Director
Sheldon Haber Art Director
Bill Kenney Production Designer
Jake LaMotta Consultant/advisor
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Manzer Art Director
Mardik Martin Screenwriter
Donald O. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Nicholson Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Nickerson Stunts
Hal W. Polaire Associate Producer
Robbie Robertson Score Composer
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Peter Savage Associate Producer
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Paul Schrader Screenwriter
Al Silvani Consultant/advisor
Fred C. Weiler Set Decoration/Design
Allan Wertheim Asst. Director
Michael Westmore Makeup
Irwin Winkler Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Title [2:39]
2. New York City, 1964 [1:12]
3. Jake La Motta vs. Jimmy Reeves [3:37]
4. The Bronx, New York City, 1941 [7:15]
5. At the Gym; About Vickie [:04]
6. At the Summer Dance; Meeting Vickie [2:10]
7. La Motta vs. Sugar Ray Robinson - Detroit, 1943 [9:39]
8. "Give the Boo-Boo a Kiss." [4:28]
9. La Motta vs. Robinson - Detroit, 1943 [1:55]
10. La Motta vs....; Home Movies [4:44]
11. Pelham Parkway, New York, 1947 [3:12]
12. La Motta vs. Janiro [2:34]
13. Joey Takes Vickie Home [6:41]
14. Debonair Social Club [6:27]
15. "I Wanna Catch Her Once, Just Once." [2:02]
16. La Motta vs. Fox [3:52]
17. Detroit, 1949; Wife Beating [:04]
18. La Motta vs. Marcel Cerdon - Detroit, 1949 [3:25]
19. Pelham Parkway, New York, 1950 [2:47]
20. La Motta vs. Dauthuile - Detroit, 1950 [4:19]
21. La Motta vs. Sugar Ray [4:47]
22. "You Never Got Me Down, Ray!" [3:43]
23. Miami 1956; Jake Retires [7:55]
24. Vickie Leaves Jake [3:51]
25. Hammering the Championship Belt [3:13]
26. Dade Country Stockade, Florida, 1957 [3:17]
27. New York City, 1958 [1:09]
28. Jake and Joey Reconcile [1:54]
29. "I Coulda Been a Contender." [5:50]
30. John IX; End Credits [1:12]
0. Chapter List
1. Main Title [2:40]
2. New York City, 1964 [1:12]
3. Jake La Motta vs. Jimmy Reeves [3:37]
4. The Bronx, New York City, 1941 [7:20]
5. At the Gym; About Vickie [2:09]
6. At the Summer Dance; Meeting Vickie [12:21]
7. La Motta vs. Sugar Ray Robinson - Detroit, 1943 [1:46]
8. "Give the Boo-Boo a Kiss." [1:55]
9. La Motta vs. Robinson - Detroit, 1943 [4:44]
10. La Motta vs....; Home Movies [3:12]
11. Pelham Parkway, New York, 1947 [2:34]
12. La Motta vs. Janiro [6:41]
13. Joey Takes Vickie Home [6:27]
14. Debonair Social Club [2:02]
15. "I Wanna Catch Her Once, Just Once." [3:57]
16. La Motta vs. Fox [3:25]
17. Detroit, 1949; Wife Beating [2:47]
18. La Motta vs. Marcel Cerdon - Detroit, 1949 [4:19]
19. Pelham Parkway, New York, 1950 [4:47]
20. La Motta vs. Dauthuile - Detroit, 1950 [3:43]
21. La Motta vs. Sugar Ray [10:09]
22. "You Never Got Me Down, Ray!" [1:37]
23. Miami 1956; Jake Retires [3:13]
24. Vickie Leaves Jake [3:16]
25. Hammering the Championship Belt [1:09]
26. Dade Country Stockade, Florida, 1957 [1:54]
27. New York City, 1958 [5:49]
28. Jake and Joey Reconcile [1:13]
29. "I Coulda Been a Contender." [3:26]
30. John IX; End Credits [3:08]

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Raging Bull 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Raging Bull" is a classic sports movie and it's my favorite of any sports film out there. It begins with a beautiful score and Jake, alone in the ring. This shot says a lot about who he is and what he is. He's in a ring ALONE, which shows, he is his own worse enemy. The rest of the story is violent and poetic. This is an amazing work of art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is absolutely amazing. The cinemetography during the fight scenes are unreal. The acting done by De Niro is probably up with with Heat, and The Godfather. It's to bad it was beat out by Ordinary People by Robert Redford &quot although that was also a great movie&quot . De Niro's performance completely captures you, and at the end of the movie you still blown away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great great movie. One of the best movies I have ever seen. It left a real impact on me.
Awful More than 1 year ago
This movie is awful. I wonder what movie all the other reviewers were watching. The dialog is inaudible, even with TV volume turn up all the way, and it is mostly unintelligible. The fight scenes are so badly faked that they are amusing. The 15 year old girl LaMotta picks up says she is 21 and is supposedly dressed and made-up to look age appropriate. She looks more like 31. And like the other actors, she mumbles her dialog so badly that she mostly says nothing. Having struggled through the movie we have now put the DVD in the trash.
timmit More than 1 year ago
Not only is it the best sport movie of all time it's also the best movie made since 1980. DeNiro and Pesci are simply great.
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