Raging Bull (1980)

Raging Bull (1980, USA) C-129m. *** D: Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Michael Badalucco, Martin Scorsese, John Turturro. Elegant bio-pic of prominent boxer Jake La Motta (played by De Niro), whose life is traced from the early 1940s (as an up-and-coming boxer) to the early 1960s, where he's become a down-and-out loser. First-rate filmmaking, fine black-and-white cinematography (by Michael Chapman), superlative editing during the fight scenes (by Thelma Schoonmaker), and a stunning performance by De Niro make you forget about film's minor flaws (pace, timing). Another compelling 'loser study' by scriptwriter Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER), based on the memoirs of the real Jake La Motta. Winner of two Oscars (De Niro, Schoonmaker).


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