1980   USA Raging Bull
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Director:Martin Scorsese
Writer:Jake LaMotta, Joseph Carter
IMDb Rating:8.4 (108,479 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 16 nominations
Genre:Biography, Drama, Sport
Duration:129 min
Martin Scorsese  ...  (Director)
Jake LaMotta, Joseph Carter  ...  (Writer)
Frank Adonis  ...  Patsy
Bernie Allen  ...  
Floyd Anderson (II)  ...  
Rita Bennett (III)  ...  
Joseph Bono  ...  Guido
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 Topham  ...  Toppy
Lori Anne Flax  ...  Irma
Charles Scorsese  ...  Charlie
Don Dunphy  ...  Himself
Bill Hanrahan  ...  Eddie Eagan
Rita Bennett  ...  Emma
Michael Chapman  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: Martin Scorsese's brutal black-and-white biography of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta was chosen as the best film of the 1980s in a major critics' poll at the end of the decade, and it's a knockout piece of filmmaking. Robert De Niro plays LaMotta (famously putting on 50 pounds for the later scenes), a man tormented by demons he doesn't understand and prone to uncontrollably violent temper tantrums and fits of irrational jealousy. He marries a striking young blond (Cathy Moriarty), his sexual ideal, and then terrorizes her with never-ending accusations of infidelity. Jake is as frightening as he is pathetic, unable to control or comprehend the baser instincts that periodically, and without warning, turn him into the rampaging beast of the title. But as Roman Catholic Scorsese sees it, he works off his sins in the boxing ring, where his greatest athletic talent is his ability to withstand punishment. The fight scenes are astounding; they're like barbaric ritual dance numbers. Images smash into one another--a flashbulb, a spray of sweat, a fist, a geyser of blood--until you feel dazed from the pummeling. Nominated for a handful of Academy Awards (including best picture and director), Raging Bull won only two, for De Niro and for editor Thelma Schoonmacher. --Jim Emerson

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