18 certificateRaging Bull is a Film programme that first aired in 1980 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Raging Bull is a 5 star programme

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Raging Bull (1980)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese

This is a biographical film about the middleweight champ, the physically tough, but emotionally self-destructive Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro). Told using documentary style camera techniques which puts the sport of boxing in the viscous light it deserves.

Loosely based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta, this film focuses on the brutal life of the boxer, his rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in, and out, of the ring.

This same anger also drives Jake to beat his wife and his brother Joey, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage.

His relationships with his wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty) and his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) were less than perfect and he regularly beat both. There is also speculation that many of his fights were fixed by mob backers.

De Niro does the unbelievable task of making such a nasty individual like LaMotta such an interesting person. Scorsese on the other hand choreographs the fight scenes as if they were scenes from a war movie.

A truely incredible film.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1980

5/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Robert de NiroRobert de Niro...Jake La Motta
Cathy Moriarty...Vickie La Motta
Image for Joe PesciJoe Pesci...Joey La Motta
Frank Vincent...Salvy Batts
Nicholas Colasanto...Tommy Como
Theresa Saldana...Lenore La Motta
Mario Gallo...Mario
Frank Adonis...Patsy
Joseph Bono...Guido
Frank Topham...Toppy
Lori Anne Flax...Irma
Charles Scorsese...Charlie
Don Dunphy...Himself/Radio Announcer
Bill Hanrahan...Eddie Eagan
Rita Bennett...Emma