Raging Bull


Raging Bull

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Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.



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The story of Jake LaMotta, a former middleweight boxing champion, whose reputation for tenacity and success in the ring was offset by his troubled domestic life: full of rage, jealousy, and suspicion--particularly towards his wife and manager/brother--which, in the end, left him destitute, alone, and seeking redemption.

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Robert De Niro
as Jake LaMotta
Cathy Moriarty
as Vickie LaMotta
Johnny Barnes
as Sugar Ray Robinson
Frank Topham
as Toppy/Handler
Bill Mazer
as Reporter
Bill Hanrahan
as Eddie Eagan
Mike Miles
as Sparring Partner
Kevin Mahon
as Tony Janiro
Ed Gregory
as Billy Fox
Louis Raftis
as Marcel Cerdan
Johnny Turner
as Laurent Dauthuille
Martin Scorsese
as Barbizon Stagehand
Don Dunphy
as Himself/Radio Announcer (Dauthuille Fight)
Charles Scorsese
as Charlie - Man with Como
Bernie Allen
as Comedian
Vic Magnotta
as Fighting Soldier
Kenny Davis
as Referee (1st Robinson Fight)
Jimmy Lennon Sr.
as Ring Announcer (2nd Robinson Fight/Dauthuille Fight)
Marty Denkin
as Referee (Janiro Fight)
Shay Duffin
as Ring Announcer (Janiro Fight)
Jack Lotz
as Referee (Fox Fight)
Coley Wallace
as Joe Louis
Peter Fain
as Dauthuille Corner Man
Count Billy Varga
as Ring Announcer (3rd Robinson Fight)
Harvey Parry
as Referee (3rd Robinson Fight)
Ted Husing
as Himself (TV Announcer 3rd Robinson Fight)
Michael Badalucco
as Soda Fountain Clerk
Paul Forrest
as Monsignor
Mardik Martin
as Copa Waiter
Peter Savage
as Jackie Curtie
Daniel P. Conte
as Detroit Promoter
John Arceri
as Maitre d'
Robert Uricola
as Man outside Cab
Allan Malamud
as Reporter at Jake's House
Mary Albee
as Underage I.D. Girl
Noah Young
as Musician #3
Lou Tiano
as Ricky
Bob Aaron
as Prison Guard #1
John Turturro
as Man at Table
Wally K. Berns
as Arresting Deputy #2
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Critic Reviews for Raging Bull

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (19)

  • Scorsese goes overboard in an attempt at low-keyed naturalism, however, and there is little dramatic structure to the biographical overview... But there's no denying the power and artistry of De Niro's performance.

    Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is a masterpiece. It proves that a film can have violent undertones and overtones, but still illuminate and comment upon violence in a moving, poetic and profound way.

    Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Martin Scorsese's obsession with a dubious mystique of masculinity turns "Raging Bull" into a ponderous work of metaphysical cinematic bull.

    May 5, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Raging Bull" ultimately has a numbing effect on the brain as if one's head had been pummeled by La Motta's so-called "girlish" fists.

    Nov 13, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • When has a performer as fully and uniquely sacrificed himself to the moving-picture cause as De Niro?

    Nov 3, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • De Niro is always absorbing and credible, even when his character isn't.

    Aug 4, 2008 | Full Review…

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