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Raging Bull

  • Drama
  • 1980
  • Martin Scorsese
  • 123 mins
  • 18

Summary

Biopic of boxer Jake LaMotta, who rose to fame as the world middleweight champion in the 1940s. His career was marred by an inability to deal with his anger, leaving his family bearing the brunt of his rage and paranoia. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring an Oscar-winning Robert De Niro alongside Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Critics and film-makers are always being asked to reel off their desert island films: this, without question, is one such great. Director Martin Scorsese makes no concession to character likeability here as he charts Jake La Motta's downward slide from arrogant prizefighter to frustrated, hateful dropout. Robert De Niro, who piled on the pounds to play the latter-day La Motta, proves he is the ultimate Method actor, both utterly convincing in the ring (the brutal fight sequences are spectacularly staged) and as the empty barrel abusing everyone (including his wife, Cathy Moriarty, and brother, Joe Pesci) at home. Scorsese effortlessly fuses top-drawer acting (De Niro rightly won a best actor Oscar for his efforts), pumping narrative drive and blitzkrieg camera technique to deliver a giddy, claustrophobic classic.

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Credits

Cast

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Jake La MottaRobert De Niro
Vickie La MottaCathy Moriarty
Joey La MottaJoe Pesci
SalvyFrank Vincent
Tommy ComoNicholas Colasanto
LenoreTheresa Saldana
MarioMario Gallo
PatsyFrank Adonis
GuidoJoseph Bono
ToppyFrank Topham
"Sugar" Ray RobinsonJohnny Barnes

Crew

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DirectorMartin Scorsese

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2007-08-17
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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