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Raging Bull (1980) Movie Information

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Drama, Biography





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Martin Scorsese


Robert De Niro
Joe Pesci
Cathy Moriarty
Nicholas Colasanto
Frank Vincent
Theresa Saldana





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A middle weight boxer, who is emotionally unstable, rises to the top over time, but takes a tumble as his life continues.

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mitchellyoung 02/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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For me, Raging Bull will reign as Scorsese's best film and Robert De Niro's best performance. The film's cathartic deconstruction of a deteriorating boxer's career is a spiritually and thematically rich journey. De Niro is front and center, giving every ounce of energy and weariness alike into his performance and his bolstered by Joe Pesci's boisterous counterpart (Pesci's performance is also a career highlight for him, though his turn in Goodfellas might be more memorable.) The film's black and white cinematography gives a stark and brutal air to some of the film's dramatic scenes and the boxing scenes are poetic violence. In all, a film that will make you wince and think long after it's over.

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patjohnson76 10/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There's really nothing else to say about this film that hasn't already been said. DeNiro's performance, Scorsese's direction, the supporting players - they're all great. My only gripe is a standard gripe about most of Scorsese's films - they just don't know when to end, and here we have about a 30 minute coda about LaMotta's later years in life, which is a tough way to watch the end of the movie (save for a great jail scene) when the previous 90 minutes have been outstanding. A good viewing though, I can see why it wasn't as appreciated in its time but has grown since.

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Daniel Corleone 08/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the best sports and biopics to grace the screen. Robert De Niro became Jack LaMotta, figuratively and literally. Method acting became a household term which also comes with sacrifice, De Niro had to gain weight and loose it throughout the production of this film. Its one of many pairings with Joe Pesci, who also did a splendid job with his character. The movie represents that humans can make mistakes, the abuse of power and married life. Has one of the finest, realistic fight scenes on a boxing ring. A treat to watch if your in a mood to see somebody suffer from making huge imperfections in their lives.

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08/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Martin Scorsese is the man to director movies

what can i say about this movie martin Scorsese is the man to director movies he can really show a story that not people what to listen too and then the next thing is that people are saying the story is the best part of the movie. The cast in the movie like Robert DE Niro and Joe Pesci are fantastic in they roles and nothing really Bad on the acting rate but the movie at times does slow down a little bit and that's it the movie is Fab, I loved this movie in black and white it shows more of a dark and messed up things in the world like other great movies like (Nosferatu the vampire) (The wizard of OZ) and (marry and max), the movie has it's ups and downs to other people but to me the movie is great and always will be number one.

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02/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Raging Bull" by Yojimbo

Martin Scorsese certainly doesn't pull any punches in this biopic of fighter Jake LaMotta that's as brutal and uncompromising as the man himself. Although Scorsese's favourite subject matter of the American gangster is strictly confined to the sidelines for this film, it shares the familiar themes of men of violence whose behaviour is governed by testosterone and ignorance and their whole lives ruled by ego and the unshakable need to be the "alpha male". LaMotta, although himself a consultant to the film, is shown to be a thoroughly unlikable individual; a selfish, immature, paranoid bully who is completely incapable of an adult relationship which is no doubt a side effect of his ferocious talent in the ring. Scorsese shows boxing not as a glamorous sport, but one of ugly brutality staine...

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08/25/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Scorsese+De Niro+Pesci = A Masterpiece!!

Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci, and Robert DeNiro: When these guys get together, you know something big is going to happen and this film is a perfect example of great quality. Raging Bull is Jake LaMotta's rise and fall as an athlete to a nightclub performer. I think this is the film that Joe Pesci shows that even little guys can cause the most harm. When DeNiro and Pesci play the La Motta brothers, you believe it because they have such great chemistry with each other. I don't think Pesci was ever intimidated by Scorsese or DeNiro. This film earned DeNiro his second Academy Award and you can see why. Not only is the transformation, physical but emotional and psychological as well. These characters are flawed, human, and believable with great cast of actors. Don't forget Cathy Moriarty who was...

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