Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical sports drama movie directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, based on Jake LaMotta’s 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story, and written by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin.
Robert De Niro plays Jake LaMotta, an Italian-American middleweight boxer whose self-destructive and obsessive wrath, sexual jealousy, and animalistic desire wrecked his relationship with his wife and family in the United Artists picture. Joe Pesci plays Joey, LaMotta’s well-intentioned brother, and manager who attempts to help Jake overcome his inner issues, while Cathy Moriarty plays his wife in the film. Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, and Frank Vincent all appear in the movie as supporting characters.
On November 14, 1980, the film was premiered in New York and was later released in theatres. In comparison to its $18 million budget, the picture only made $23.4 million at the box office. The film earned mixed reviews upon its initial release; while De Niro’s performance and editing were praised, the movie’s violent violence drew criticism.
Following its debut, Raging Bull gained a strong critical following and is now widely regarded as Scorsese’s magnum opus and one of the greatest pictures ever made. It was the first film to be selected by the Library of Congress as being ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically significant’ in its first year of eligibility for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, and the American Film Institute ranked it as the fourth-greatest American movie of all time.
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