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Raging Bull (1980)

Original Title : Raging Bull
Director : Martin Scorsese
Writer : Jake LaMotta
Joseph Carter
Peter Savage
Paul Schrader
Mardik Martin
Genre : Biography
Drama/Sport
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Chartoff, Hal W. Polaire, Peter Savage, Irwin Winkler
Photography : Michael Chapman
Distributor : United Artists, Criterion Collection, The, MGM/UA Home Entertainment, MGM/UA Home Entertainment, MGM/UA Home Entertainment, Cinema Mondo, Columbus Film, Park Circus, Tocantins, United Artists Films, Warner Home Video
IMDB ID : 0081398
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poster for "Raging Bull" by Martin Scorsese (1980)
Raging Bull (1980) - Martin Scorsese
 

Starring

Robert De Niro Jake La Motta
Cathy Moriarty Vickie Thailer
Joe Pesci Joey La Motta
Frank Vincent Salvy Batts
Nicholas Colasanto Tommy Como
Theresa Saldana Lenore
Mario Gallo Mario
Frank Adonis Patsy
Joseph Bono Guido
Frank Topham Toppy
Lori Anne Flax Irma
Charles Scorsese Charlie
Don Dunphy Himself
Bill Hanrahan Eddie Eagan
Rita Bennett Emma
James V. Christy Dr. Pinto
Bernie Allen Comedian
Floyd Anderson Jimmy Reeves
Gene LeBell Ring announcer
Harold Valan Referee [Reeves fight]
Victor Magnotta Fighting soldier
Johnny Barnes Sugar Ray Robinson
John Thomas Trainer [first Robinson fight]
Kenny Davis Referee [first Robinson fight]
Paul Carmello Ring announcer [first Robinson fight]
Jimmy Lennon Sr. Ring announcer, second Robinson fight (as Jimmy Lennon)
Bobby Rings Referee [second Robinson fight]
Kevin Mahon Tony Janiro
Marty Denkin Referee [Janiro fight] (as Martin Denkin)
Shay Duffin Ring announcer [Janiro fight]
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad Billy Fox
'Sweet' Dick Whittington Ring announcer [Fox fight]
Jack Lotz Referee [Fox fight]
Kevin Breslin Heckler [Fox fight]
Louis Raftis Marcel Cerdan
Frank Shain Ring announcer [Cerdan fight]
Coley Wallace Joe Louis [Cerdan fight]
Fritzie Higgins Woman with Vickie [Cerdan fight]
George Latka Referee [Cerdan fight]
Fred Dennis Cornerman
Robert B. Loring Cornerman
Johnny Turner Laurent Dauthuille
Vern De Paul Dauthuille's trainer
Chuck Hassett Referee [Dauthuille fight]
Ken Richards Reporter at phone booth [Dauthuille fight]
Peter Fain Dauthuille cornerman [Dauthuille fight]
Billy Varga Ring announcer [third Robinson fight] (as Count Billy Varga)
Harvey Parry Referee [third Robinson fight]
Ted Husing Himself, announcer [third Robinson fight] (voice) (archive footage)
Michael Badalucco Soda fountain clerk
Thomas Beansy Lobasso Beansy
Paul Forrest Monsignor
Peter Petrella Johnny
Sal Serafino Tomassetti Webster Hall bouncer
Geraldine Smith Janet
Mardik Martin Copa waiter
 

Plot

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter portrayed in this Martin Scorsese film by Robert De Niro. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. If you never thought boxing cinematography could be breathtaking, check out Michael Chapman's handiwork.
 

Comments

The story of boxer Jake La Motta from his rising star in the 1940's through to his own downfall and his eventual living on the cabaret circuit in the present day.Scorsese and De Niro - nobody needs say any more. Whether it be media satire (King of Comedy), small time thugs (Mean Streets) or real gangsta s**t (Goodfellas), the two rarely miss. This was one of their best to date (and probably for ever). The story is fascinating in itself but as an examination of masculinity it excels. The film allows us to watch a man who goes along with all the things he thinks make him a man - even when those characteristics and habits begin to destroy everything he has - his marriage, his realtionships and his career. Combine this with the gripping boxing tale of ups and downs and you have a film that never outstays it's welcome.Scorsese is on top form - the use of black and white any have been a quality issue, but he uses it well. The fight scenes are other worldly - exaggerated to the extent that it is breathtaking and more shocking than previous boxing scenes in other movies. My favourite effect is the sound editing in the fights where silence and calm seem to descend just before key moments…,..amazing. The relationship stuff is also gripping and Scorsese handles he human cost just as well as he shows us the physical beatings.De Niro is amazing - the method stuff alone is great, but his whole performance is intense. Similarly Moriaty, Pesci and Frank Vincent are excellent - however they all stand in De Niro's shadow.Overall - an excellent film on so many levels, as a story, as a examination of masculinity, as a sports film, as a lesson in direction and editing…,..this excels in so many ways - may it never drop out of the top ten from the twentieth century!
 
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