De Niro portrays him as a man with a very short fuse, seething with anger and violence. Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese's 1980 biopic of boxer Jake LaMotta, is considered one of the greatest films of all time. Ring Announcer - Fox Fight as 'Sweet' Dick Whittington. He hurt too much to allow the pain to stop. Laurent Dauthuille - Dauthuille Fight. Ring Announcer - Reeves Fight as Gene Lebell.
Charlie - Man with Como. LaMotta was famous for refusing to be knocked down in the ring. Alienating Vickie and Joey, and disastrously gaining weight, Jake has destroyed his personal and professional lives by the 1950s. As a character study of an unpleasant character it is excellent, but it can go no further than that. Jake gets the title bout, and blonde teenage second wife Vickie Cathy Moriarty , but success does nothing to exorcise his demons, even as he channels his rage into boxing.
It's not De Niro doing Brando, as is often mistakenly said, but De Niro doing LaMotta doing Brando doing Terry Malloy. Here you will find unforgettable moments, scenes and lines from all your favorite films. He eventually is sent into a downward spiral that costs him everything. Later in the story, Jake kisses two girls in his nightclub, while still married. It is an easy film to admire, but a difficult one to love.
He never catches her, but he beats her as if he had; his suspicion is proof of her guilt. Marcel Cerdan - Cerdan Fight. Based on the trailer below, it looks a little bit like the Lifetime Original Movie version of LaMotta's life. Jake flirts with her somewhat inappropriately, and they kiss. Jake gets the title bout, and blonde teenage second wife Vickie Cathy Moriarty , but success does nothing to exorcise his demons, even as he channels his rage into boxing. It has that low bass drop sound from every movie trailer paired with a sick LaMotta uppercut. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta Robert De Niro practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise.
Dauthuille's Trainer - Dauthuille Fight. Pesci's casting was a stroke of luck; he had decided to give up acting, when he was asked to audition after De Niro saw him in a B movie. The Academy concurred, passing over Scorsese's work for Best Director and Picture in favor of Robert Redford and Ordinary People, although De Niro won a much-deserved Oscar, as did the film's editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Ring Announcer - First Robinson Fight. One reason for filming in black and white was Scorsese's reluctance to show all that blood in a color picture. Jake's wife Vicki is around 14 when they meet, and definitely a teen when she marries him. In one scene while married , they make out and remove pants and underwear.
The film chronicles the troubled and violent rise and fall of the very flawed but extremely talented man. La Motta, as portrayed in this film, did not fall into this category. It's the best film I've seen about the low self-esteem, sexual inadequacy and fear that lead some men to abuse women. In another scene, Jake punishes himself by punching and banging his head against a brick wall. Alienating Vickie and Joey, and disastrously gaining weight, Jake has destroyed his personal and professional lives by the 1950s.
Blows are underlined by thudding impacts on the soundtrack, and Scorsese uses sponges concealed in the gloves and tiny tubes in the boxers' hair to deliver spurts and sprays of sweat and blood; this is the wettest of boxing pictures, drenched in the fluids of battle. Scorsese deliberately shot them to be cinematic rather than realistic. This is remarkably effective for the boxing scenes, which have a raw, brutal power and graphically depict the aggressive nature of the sport. Parents need to know that this 1980 biopic about boxing champion Jake LaMotta is one of the most highly acclaimed American movies ever made. Ring Announcer - Second Robinson Fight and Dauthuille Fight as Jimmy Lennon. The soundtrack subtly combines crowd noise with animal cries, bird shrieks and the grating explosions of flashbulbs actually panes of glass being smashed.
We aren't consciously aware of all we're listening to, but we feel it. But that barely covers up the mean, modern stuff, from the language and behavior to the ferocious fight sequences. Soda Fountain Clerk 2 uncredited. I t's unclear why any filmmaker would think we'd need some sort of unofficial sequel to Raging Bull. Eschewing uplifting Rocky-like boxing movie conventions, their Jake is relentlessly cruel and self-destructive; the only peace he can make is with himself.
The engine that drives the LaMotta character in the film is not boxing, but a jealous obsession with his wife, Vickie, and a fear of sexuality. His brother Joey sticks by him, but Jake even treats him badly. Robert De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his stunning and dedicated portrayal of the boxing champion. The use of black-and-white seems to have been inspired by the fact that the film depicts real-life events that occurred in the forties and fifties. Trainer - First Robinson Fight.