Raging Bull

Raging Bull
Drama
, Biography, Sports

1980

Director: Martin Scorsese CastRobert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Johnny Barnes

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robert De Niro); Best Film Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joe Pesci); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cathy Moriarty); Best Director (Martin Scorsese); Best Cinematography; Best Sound

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: An emotionally self-destructive boxer’s journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

Did You Know? Robert De Niro gained 60 pounds to play the older Jake La Motta at the end of the film.

And now a Word from the Guise:
One of the reasons that Scorsese filmed Raging Bull in black-and-white was to distinguish it from Rocky. I think the two are completely distinguishable, though, because the characters are total opposites of each other. La Motta is a horrible person; he’s abusive, possessive, misogynistic, and has an explosive and violent temper. And what’s worse is that he doesn’t become a better person by the end of the film. And I think that this is why this movie is so powerful: it doesn’t glorify the monster (as I feared it would), but there’s a gritty truth to the film that makes it hard to watch nonetheless.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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