Raging Bull

Raging Bull

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

Raging Bull

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
UPC: 0883904135142
Original Release: 1980
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 24,315

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

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

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