Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent
Martin Scorsese (Director), Paul Schrader (Screenplay), Mardik Martin (Screenplay)
Release: Nov. 14th, 1980
Runtime: 2 hours, 9 minutes
When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. 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.
I have had Raging Bull for a while in my DVD collection and I finally got around to watching it last week and I have to say it is very overrated! It took me 3 nights to watch, fell asleep twice trying...
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Scorsese and Wong Kar Wai are not really interested in the purely entertaining side of what they're portraying (even though both films are highly enjoyable to behold), but they want to say something more thoughtful and "true" about their subject.
The story follows boxer Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) in his quest for a championship belt, while at the same time his unbridled jealousy and anger issues damage all of his personal relationships, including his relationship with his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) and his wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty).