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Raging Bull [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 6973652
  • Release Date: 02/08/2005
  • Rating: R
Martin Scorsese's brutal character study incisively portrays the true rise and fall and redemption of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who thrives on his ability (and desire) to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta (Robert De Niro) practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise. Despite pressure from the local mobsters, Jake trusts his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) to help him make it to a title bout against Sugar Ray Robinson the honest way; the Mob, however, will not cave in. Jake gets the title bout, and blonde teenage second wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarity), but success does nothing to exorcise his demons, even as he channels his rage into boxing. Alienating Vickie and Joey, and disastrously gaining weight, Jake has destroyed his personal and professional lives by the 1950s. After he hits bottom, however, Jake emerges with a gleam of self-awareness, as he sits rehearsing Marlon Brando's On the Waterfront speech in his dressing room mirror: "I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody." Working with a script adapted by Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader from La Motta's memoirs, Scorsese and De Niro sought to make an uncompromising portrait of an unlikable man and his ruthless profession. Eschewing uplifting Rocky-like boxing movie conventions, their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive; the only peace he can make is with himself. Michael Chapman's stark black-and-white photography creates a documentary/tabloid realism; the production famously shut down so that De Niro could gain 50-plus pounds. Raging Bull opened in late 1980 to raves for its artistry and revulsion for its protagonist; despite eight Oscar nominations, it underperformed at the box office, as audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" films in the late '70s and early '80s. The Academy concurred, passing over Scorsese's work for Best Director and Picture in favor of Robert Redford and Ordinary People, although De Niro won a much-deserved Oscar, as did the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Oscar or no Oscar, Raging Bull has often been cited as the best American film of the 1980s.
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    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (48 out of 51)

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    Raging Bull
    Martin Scorsese's brutal character study incisively portrays the true rise and fall and redemption of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who thrives on his ability (and desire) to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta (Robert De Niro) practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise. Despite pressure from the local mobsters, Jake trusts his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) to help him make it to a title bout against Sugar Ray Robinson the honest way; the Mob, however, will not cave in. Jake gets the title bout, and blonde teenage second wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), but success does nothing to exorcise his demons, even as he channels his rage into boxing. Alienating Vickie and Joey, and disastrously gaining weight, Jake has destroyed his personal and professional lives by the 1950s. After he hits bottom, however, Jake emerges with a gleam of self-awareness, as he sits rehearsing Marlon Brando's On the Waterfront speech in his dressing room mirror: "I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody." Working with a script adapted by Mardik Martin and Paul Schrader from La Motta's memoirs, Scorsese and De Niro sought to make an uncompromising portrait of an unlikable man and his ruthless profession. Eschewing uplifting Rocky-like boxing movie conventions, their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive; the only peace he can make is with himself. Michael Chapman's stark black-and-white photography creates a documentary/tabloid realism; the production famously shut down so that De Niro could gain 50-plus pounds. Raging Bull opened in late 1980 to raves for its artistry and revulsion for its protagonist; despite eight Oscar nominations, it underperformed at the box office, as audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" films in the late '70s and early '80s. The Academy concurred, passing over Scorsese's work for Best Director and Picture in favor of Robert Redford and Ordinary People, although De Niro won a much-deserved Oscar, as did the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Oscar or no Oscar, Raging Bull has often been cited as the best American film of the 1980s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert De Niro
      Robert De Niro - Jake LaMotta
    • Cathy Moriarty
      Cathy Moriarty - Vickie LaMotta
    • Joe Pesci
      Joe Pesci - Joey LaMotta
    • Frank Vincent
      Frank Vincent - Salvy
    • Nicholas Colasanto
      Nicholas Colasanto - Tommy Como



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 51 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Best Boxing Movie Ever!! A True Classic.

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      JoeBahBah
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      Raging Bull puts you into Jake LaMotta's world of hopes, desires, and terrible upsession. Martin Scorsese makes the movie a enjoyable experience that makes you understand what you need in order to get a title shot, keep it, and deal with everything else. The powerful, memorable piece was a perfect example of true perfection. The opening scene when it brings you to when he is a older man who gets ready to talk to a crowd about his experiences and ended right before he was going out saying "I'm the boss, I'm the boss, I'm the boss." Raging Bull is the most commemorating experience in American Film history. This was an experience which will make you cry and understand that this movie is truly a perfect picture.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic film for cheap

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      FrankBooth
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      How Raging Bull didn't win the Oscar for best film is beyond me. De Niro's great performance as the self destructing boxer Jake Lamotta. Inside the mind/life of a self sabotaging boxer that had all the gifts inside the ring, but not all going inside his brain. Scorsese's masterpiece and imo De Niro's greatest performance. Never looked so good now that's it on blu-ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      DeNiro & Pesci are excellent

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      Alleecat1
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      A great fighter's story. DeNiro and Pesci are at their best in this movie. The story line drags on in a few spots but all in all is a classic film about the rise and fall of a historic fighter. Not a good one for kids, and my wife was not impressed either, but I loved it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Deniro/Scorsese classic

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      FrankBooth
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      How Raging Bull didn't win best picture is beyond me, it's endured and stands the test of time. Amazing film, great performances and this blu-ray is perfect and cheap. Looks beautiful, sounds great and comes loaded with special features.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Raging fire unleashed...

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      Movieman1
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      Robert De Niro knocks this performance out of the ring in "Raging Bull". He portrays Jake La Motta ,after years of in ring fights, and personal struggles with emotional turmoil.. It shows the mind of a boxer changes over a career.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Slightly overrated film of the 80s

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      eeyore1059
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      Robert DeNiro is magnificent as boxer Jake Lamotta in Martin Scorsese's often too melodramatic film. Great chemistry between DeNiro and Joe Pesci, who plays his brother. As for Cathy Moriarity, I didn't buy their relationship for a second.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great classic

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      Smigro
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      I bought this as a blind buy and it was worth it. If you are a DeNiro fan you have to see Raging Bull. The black and white looks good even in the age of colorful HD and the remastered sound seemed spot on.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the acting performances of all time

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      Zach
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      Robert DeNiro transforms his body and literally becomes Jake LaMotta in one of Scorsese's finest films. Everyone needs to see Raging Bull at least once before they die.

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