Raging Bull

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Martin Scorsese's brutal character study incisively portrays the true rise and fall and redemption of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who thrives on his ability and desire to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta Robert De Niro practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise. Despite pressure from the local mobsters, Jake trusts his brother Joey Joe Pesci to help him make it to...
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Overview

Martin Scorsese's brutal character study incisively portrays the true rise and fall and redemption of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who thrives on his ability and desire to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta Robert De Niro practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise. Despite pressure from the local mobsters, Jake trusts his brother Joey Joe Pesci to help him make it to a title bout against Sugar Ray Robinson the honest way; the Mob, however, will not cave in. Jake gets the title bout, and blonde teenage second wife Vickie Cathy Moriarty, but success does nothing to exorcise his demons, even as he channels his rage into boxing. Alienating Vickie and Joey, and disastrously gaining weight, Jake has destroyed his personal and professional lives by the 1950s. After he hits bottom, however, Jake emerges with a gleam of self-awareness, as he sits rehearsing Marlon Brando's On the Waterfront speech in his dressing room mirror: "I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody." Working with a script adapted by Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader from La Motta's memoirs, Scorsese and De Niro sought to make an uncompromising portrait of an unlikable man and his ruthless profession. Eschewing uplifting Rocky-like boxing movie conventions, their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive; the only peace he can make is with himself. Michael Chapman's stark black-and-white photography creates a documentary/tabloid realism; the production famously shut down so that De Niro could gain 50-plus pounds. Raging Bull opened in late 1980 to raves for its artistry and revulsion for its protagonist; despite eight Oscar nominations, it underperformed at the box office, as audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" films in the late '70s and early '80s. The Academy concurred, passing over Scorsese's work for Best Director and Picture in favor of Robert Redford and Ordinary People, although De Niro won a much-deserved Oscar, as did the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Oscar or no Oscar, Raging Bull has often been cited as the best American film of the 1980s.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoomaker; Cast & crew commentary; Storytellers commentary; 4-part feature-length documentary: Before the Fight (writing, casting and preproduciton), Inside the Ring (cinematography of fight scene), Outside the Ring (behind-the-scenes stories), After the Fight (sound design, music and the film's impact); The Bronx Ball: 30 minute behind-the-scenes featurette; DeNiro vs. La Motta: shot-by-shot comparison in the ring; La Motta Defends Title: vintage newsreel footage
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 883904135142
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 14,707

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
Bob Aaron Prison Guard #1
Mary Albee Underage I.D. Girl
Bernie Allen Comedian
John Arceri Maitre d'
Michael Badalucco Soda Fountain Clerk
Wally K. Berns Arresting Deputy #2
Joseph Bono Guido
Kevin Breslin Heckler
James V. Christy Dr. Pinto
Daniel P. Conte Detroit Promoter
Cis Corman
Kenny Davis Referee (1st Robinson Fight)
Marty Denkin Referee (Janiro Fight)
Shay Duffin Ring Announcer (Janiro Fight)
Don Dunphy Himself/Radio Announcer (Dauthuille Fight)
Peter Fain Dauthuille Corner Man
Lori Anne Flax Irma
Paul Forrest Monsignor
Bill Hanrahan Eddie Eagan
Ted Husing Himself (TV Announcer 3rd Robinson Fight)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. Ring Announcer (2nd Robinson Fight/Dauthuille Fight)
Jack Lotz Referee (Fox Fight)
Vic Magnotta Fighting Soldier
Allan Malamud Reporter at Jake's House
Mardik Martin Copa Waiter
Bill Mazer Reporter
Richard McMurray J.R.
Candy Moore Linda
Harvey Parry Referee (3rd Robinson Fight)
Peter Petrella Johnny
Peter Savage Jackie Curtie
Charles Scorsese Charlie - Man with Como
Martin Scorsese Barbizon Stagehand
Geraldine Smith Janet
Lou Tiano Ricky
John Turturro Man at Table
Robert Uricola Man outside Cab
Count Billy Varga Ring Announcer (3rd Robinson Fight)
Coley Wallace Joe Louis
Noah Young Musician #3
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Should have won the oscar

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The first shot hooks you in!

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    This is a great great movie. One of the best movies I have ever seen. It left a real impact on me.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Sport Movie Ever

    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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