Raging Bull

Directed By: Martin Scorsese Starring: Joe Pesci Robert De Niro

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The story of jake la motta, a boxer who rose to become a great prize fighter, only to fall apart because of his own himan frailities.


Studio MGM
SKU 40701075
UPC 027616919533
UPC 14 00027616919533
Format DVD
Release Date 1/22/2008
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Rags To Riches
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note With RAGING BULL, Martin Scorsese's personal approach to filmmaking is taken to a whole new level. Shooting in a crisp black and white, Scorsese tells the story of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, played with incredible intensity by Oscar winner Robert De Niro. As La Motta rises through the ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight crown, he falls in love with Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), a gorgeous girl from his Bronx neighborhood. Jake's inability to express his feelings pours out in the ring and eventually takes over his life in his dealings with his brother, Joey (a brilliant Joe Pesci). Irrational jealousy over Vickie, as well as an insatiable appetite, sends him into a downward spiral that costs him his title, his wife, and his relationship with Joey. As the out-of-control fighter, De Niro delivers one of the screen's most unforgettable performances. Pesci is just as intense as Joey, who finally realizes that he is unable to tame his animalistic brother. Cinematographer Michael Chapman shoots the film with a stylish flair that fills the boxing scenes with boundless energy and adds immediacy to the arguments that erupt whenever Jake is outside the ring. Simply put, RAGING BULL is one of American cinema's masterworks.
Plot Summary
Summary Considered by many critics to be the best film of the 1980s, this gritty docudrama about hardheaded prizefighter Jake La Motta is so astonishingly real it seems like the champ's black-and-white home-movie reels have been spliced together. Robert De Niro's Oscar-winning performance is intense and awe inspiring, and Martin Scorsese uses his regular bag of camera tricks to add to the proceedings. The film features a stellar supporting turn by Joe Pesci as La Motta's brother, Joey.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm not an animal."--Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) after being thrown in jail on a morals charge at the end of his career
Rolling Stone "...A fiercely poetic study of violence. Stunningly shot in black-and-white..." 12/14/1989 p.23
New York Times "RAGING BULL is not simply the greatest boxing movie ever made; Martin Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece is arguably the finest American film released in [that] decade..." 08/04/2000 p.E23,"...[Scorsese's] most ambitious film as well as his finest....The performance of [De Niro's] career..."| 11/14/1980 p.C11
Los Angeles Times "...One of the bloodiest and most beautiful reflections on atonement in the Scorsese canon....It is still one of cinema's most breathtaking films..." 01/05/1990 p.F8
Chicago Sun-Times "...Pesci's performance is the counterpoint to De Niro's, and its equal; their verbal sparring has a kind of crazy music to it....RAGING BULL is the most painful and heartrending portrait of jealousy in the cinema..." 05/10/1998 p.5
Total Film "De Niro has gone above and beyond. Yet nothing can match his mesmerising performance as middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta..." 03/01/2004 p.5
Premiere "[A] monumental biopic..." 02/01/2005 p.107
Sight and Sound "[A] troubling, exhilarating, masterfully made study of self-destructive masculinity." 11/01/2005 p.90
Uncut Ranked #2 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "'Ultimate' is, for once, an accurate description." 01/01/2006 p.84-85
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is without a doubt De Niro's ultimate immersion into 'The Method', up there with Brando in ON THE WATERFRONT and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE." 09/01/2007 p.59
Entertainment Weekly "De Niro is both charismatic and creepy, finding the humanity inside a monster." -- Grade: A 01/21/2011
Martin Scorsese
Joe Pesci
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Cathy Moriarty - Actor
Frank Vincent - Actor
Irwin Winkler - Producer
Joe Pesci - Actor
Martin Scorsese - Director
Robert De Niro - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1980
Catalog ID 1007895
UPC 00027616919533
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1981) Robert De Niro, Winner, Best Actor,Thelma Schoonmaker, Winner, Best Film Editing,Martin Scorsese, Nominee, Best Director
Golden Globe (1981) Robert De Niro, Winner, Best Actor-Drama
British Academy Awards (1982) Joe Pesci, Winner, Most Outstanding Newcomer To A Leading Film Role
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review In a career that has included many fine roles, this is [De Niro's] most outstanding. The level of in
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie And Video Guide
Review Extraordinarily compelling look at prizefighter Jake La Motta...That such an unappealing man could i
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Halliwell's Film Guide ...tough, compelling, powerfully made...
Siskel and Ebert The best film of the decade!
The Wall Street Journal ...brilliantly photographed film of extraordinary power and rare distinction...

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