Raging Bull (1980)


Movie Review

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Cathy Moriarty

Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) is an overlooked middleweight boxer who dreams of championship glory.  The only way he’s going to get it though is through mafia connections according to his brother Joey La Motta (Joe Pesci).  The real thing in Jake’s way is his pathological rage.  Raging Bull takes us on Jake’s self-destructive journey.  It takes us through the few highs and the many lows of his personal and professional lives.  Meanwhile, Jake pursues and marries a 15-year-old girl named Vickie (Cathy Moriarty).

Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull is not only one of the greatest sports films of all time, but it is one of the greatest films of all time period.  Robert De Niro delivers one of the most impressive and transformative performances of all time.  Undoubtedly, it is De Niro’s finest performance.  His training with Jake LaMotta to learn how to box pays off in the ring on the big screen.  His commitment to method acting by gaining 60 pounds to portray the older, overweight Jake LaMotta also pays off and makes the film more authentic.  Raging Bull is an all-time classic that has no peer on this sports bucket list.  If you haven’t seen it, you truly don’t truly believe in the magic of film.



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