The Films of Martin Scorsese RAGING BULL

Raging Bull (1980)

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It's 1964, and an overweight Jake La Motta, former middleweight champion of the world, is rehearsing his nightclub act. Flash back to 1941, when the determined and unstoppable La Motta, managed by his faithful manager/brother Joey, loses his first fight to Jimmy Reeves. As La Motta fights for the championship title (earned in 1949), he struggles with his uncontrollable rage, spurred on by the jealousy and paranoia he feels toward his young, beautiful wife, Vickie. Convinced that his brother Joey and wife have slept together, he beats them both up in a fit. As a result, Joey leaves him, and LaMotta eventually loses his title to Sugar Ray Robinson. Several years later La Motta retires from boxing and makes himself a standup act at his own nighclub. But his attempt at finding peace doesn't come easy, and he falls on hard times; his marriage breaks up, and he is sent to jail for selling liquor to minors. After a failed reconciliation with his brother, he is faced with himself in a mirror, reciting Marlon Brando's speech from ON THE WATERFRONT.

Production company: United Artists
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producers: Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff in association with Peter Savage
Screenplay: Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin, from the book Raging Bull by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage
Cinematography (black and white/color): Michael Chapman
Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker
Production designer: Gene Rudolf

Cast: Robert De Niro (Jake La Motta), Cathy Moriarty (Vickie La Motta), Joe Pesci (Joey La Motta), Frank Vincent (Salvy), Nicholas Colasanto (Tommy Como), Theresa Saldana (Lenore), Mario Gallo (Mario), Frank Adonis (Patsy), Joseph Bono (Guido), Frank Topham (Toppy), Lori Anne Flax (Irma), Charles Scorsese (Charlie, man with Como), Don Dunphy (himself), Bill Hanrahan (Eddie Eagan), Rita Bennett (Emma, Miss 48's), James V. Christy (Dr. Pinto), Bernie Allen (comedian), Michael Badalucco (soda fountain clerk), Thomas Beansy Lobasso (Beansy), Paul Forrest (Monsignor), Peter Petrella (Johnny), Sal Serafino Thomassetti (Webster Hall bouncer), Geraldine Smith (Janet), Mardik Martin (Copa waiter), Maryjane Lauria (first girl), Linda Artuso (second girl), Peter Savage (Jackie Curtie), Daniel P. Conte (Detroit promoter), Joe Malanga (bodyguard), Sabine Turco Jr., Steve Orlando, Silvio Garcia Jr. (bouncers at Copa), John Arceri (maitre d'), Joseph A. Morale (first man at table), James Dimodica (second man at table), Robert Uricola (man outside cab), Andrea Orlando (woman in cab), Allan Malamud (reporter at Jake's house), D. J. Blair (State Attorney Bronson), Laura James (Mrs. Bronson), Richard McMurray ( J.R.), Mary Albee (underage ID girl), Liza Katz (woman with ID girl), Candy Moore (Linda), Martin Scorsese (Barbizon stagehand), Johnny Barnes ('Sugar' Ray Robinson), Floyd Anderson (Jimmy Reeves), Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (Billy Fox), Louis Raftis (Marcel Cerdan), Johnny Turner (Laurent Dauthuille)

129 mins.