Raging Bull

Raging Bull

DVD - 1998
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De Niro stars as champion boxer Jake La Motta, who rose from the streets of the Bronx to the heights of his sport, only to find disillusionment and corruption as well as fame.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment, [1998], ©1998
ISBN: 9780792833239
0792833236
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ra
Description: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, black and white with color sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R

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anonymouswe
Feb 21, 2018

My review is not a popular opinion! Raging Bull is frequently rated as one of the most important or best movies of the last century. I think that is often the case because it so clearly gives you the protagonist and antagonist in the very same character. He really is the cause of his own trouble. But I have to say, I do not think the movie holds up. The movie comes from a time where swearing and yelling substituted for acting. The amount of cussing and abusive behavior was simply oppressive in this movie. In the end, I guess it does a really good job of showing how sad, pathetic and hopeless life is for someone hellbent on self-destruction who refuses to learn a lesson and behave any differently. But I have zero interest in watching that character, spending much time with that character, much less making them the focal point. Layer onto that the period belief that yelling and screaming made for "good acting" and you have a movie that is pretty much unwatchable to me as a modern movie watcher. If you like movies about self-destructive people who yell, cuss and behave abusively, then this is your film. If like me, you don't like that, then give Raging Bull a pass.

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TheeAvebury
Feb 11, 2018

Robert De Niro teams with director Martin Scorsese in this "extraordinarily compelling" (Leonard Maltin) film that introduced unflinching realism to stunned audiences in 1980. An "exceedingly violent as well as poetic" fight picture that maps "the landscape of the soul" (The New York Times),Raging Bull garnered eight Oscar nominations and won two, including Best Actor for De Niro. De Niro gives the performance of his career as Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are unforgettable as the brother who falls prey to Jake's mounting paranoia and jealousy, and the fifteen-year-old girl who becomes his most prized trophy. A "brilliantly photographed film of extraordinary power and rare distinction" (The Wall Street Journal), Raging Bull is filmmaking at its riveting best.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 27, 2017

Fantastic movie, this is definitely a must watch for anyone. DeNiro delivers a fantastic performance.

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JihadiConservative
Nov 07, 2016

Intense classic is incredible and lives up to the hype! Martin Scorcese has created a harrowing, haunting, and thought provoking drama about the self destructive nature of a man who has the potential to be something great. 10/10, amazing cinematography, soundtrack, and acting(!!!).Additionally, the artistic sense of it was really nice to watch, a real refresher!

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Calvacade
Aug 14, 2016

One of the great American films- directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DeNiro as the boxer Jake LeMotta ( yes this is the film where DeNiro gained over 50 pounds to play the role of the dissipated LeMotta ). The film is quite brutal and unflinching in its depiction of the real life unsavory qualities of the " Raging Bull". Powerful stuff.

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tinybookworm
Apr 01, 2016

I thought Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were great in this movie, but I didn't enjoy the story very much at all.

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garycornell
Nov 16, 2014

One of America's finest films!!! Raging Bull is a masterpiece of film making by director Martin Scorsese. The fight scenes with Robert De Niro took weeks to shoot just short film segments. There is a real beauty to the film. The Italian American neighborhood seems so real and vibrant. One can believe that someone could be having an argument with their wife and no one pays attention. Great movies take teamwork on the part of the crew, cast, and writers of the script. Every part of the movie is beautifully placed together. Get ready to see one of the best movies ever made in America!

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petercorell
May 10, 2014

Raging Bull is a Classic American Film that will be enjoyed for decades. Prize Fighting is nothing like it once was. People followed the fighters. Here we have the true story of Jake La Motta. He is an explosive character and he is explosive in the ring. I cheered for him all the way. "Raging Bull" brought me out of my seat. It saddened me, but also lifted me up. I am glad to have met Jake La Motta on the screen. You won't regret seeing this prize fighter!

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EdgyBrown
Nov 18, 2013

Boring film about a boorish brute who is just another paranoid, selfish, sexually stunted and violent man. Excruciatingly long.

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Monolith
Jun 15, 2013

Definitely a powerful biopic from Scorsese. De Niro deserved his Oscar, and Mr. S.'s directing should've earned one as well (and if we're gonna go there -- Pesci, too). LaMotta wasn't a man to be admired; he was a paranoid, abusive dink, and driven (in the ring and out) by insecurity. Scorsese's vision of the man's autobiography pulls no punches; it's unpolished, in-your-face realism, warts and all. FIVE STARS.

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anonymouswe
Feb 21, 2018

Other: I recommend for adults only.

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anonymouswe
Feb 21, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A lot of verbal and physical abuse outside of the boxing ring in this movie.

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anonymouswe
Feb 21, 2018

Violence: The main character is an incredibly abusive person who hits a lot of people - outside of the boxing ring. Inside the boxing ring, there is a lot of boxing violence, including audiences getting splattered in blood as a boxer is beaten to a pulp.

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anonymouswe
Feb 21, 2018

Coarse Language: The dialogue in the movie almost entirely contains swearing - short of boxing, you might not find a scene that doesn't contain swearing.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 09, 2012

Violence: Graphic, hard-hitting scenes of fighting in the boxing ring.

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alpaca85
Apr 27, 2012

Coarse Language: This film contains Coarse Language within almost every scene.

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iwasthewalrus
Sep 19, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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iwasthewalrus
Sep 19, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 09, 2012

Fuzzy_Wuzzy thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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iwasthewalrus
Sep 19, 2010

iwasthewalrus thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Monolith
Jun 15, 2013

Joey LaMotta (to Jake): "Whattya thinkin' about? Ya keep lookin'. Where the f*ck you goin'? You're dead! You're married! You're a married man; it's all over. Leave the young girls for me."

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