Raging Bull details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Frank Adonis, Nicholas Colasanto, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro|
|Collections:||100 must-see movies, American Film Institute's top 100, Boxing Movies, Substitute Sports|
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Nov 2000|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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This is as good as it getsBy Philip Concannon from London , 07 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Martin Scorsese's searing masterwork Raging Bull is not just a film about a boxer. It's a film about obsessive jealousy, a film about the self destructive nature of masculinity, a film about sin and redemption. Scorsese looks much further than the boundaries of the boxing ring. His interest lies in the territory of the soul.
Robert De Niro rightly won an oscar for his portrayal of Jake La Motta. He is utterly convincing both as the arrogant, brutal fighter and later as a pathetic empty vessel abusing and alienating all those close to him. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are excellent as La Motta's brother and wife who are pushed away by La Motta's obsessive anger.
Scorsese employs every trick in the book to make the boxing sequences the most incredible ever to be filmed. A dizzying mixture of slow-motion, swooping camera moves and diverse use of sound combine to stunning effect. These scenes have a heightened, almost anti-realism feel to them. After all this is when La Motta feels most alive, where he can unleash all the violent rage he must attempt to control in his daily life.
La Motta's downward trajectory makes for unpleasant yet compelling viewing. Stunningly shot by Michael Chapman and skillfully edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, the film stands as one of the great achievements of American Cinema. Both savage and beautiful, Raging Bull is an undeniable masterpiece.
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Heavyweight viewingBy clicketyclick (5 reviews) , 15 Aug 2011The screenwriters went to town on this one with a high-octane script which is acted out by the two brothers with bags of fiery emotion, equal to the gusto seen in the physical acting and fights seen both in and outside of the ring.
Underpinning the drama are themes which focus on family and relationships, trust and loyalty, and the breakdown of these institutions. A little background reading revealed that as a child LaMotta was forced to fight neighbourhood kids by his father, who then used the money thrown into the ring by spectators to help pay rent. This is surely a crucial part of the story which we see unfolding alongside domestic and professional violence, but something which is never mentioned in the film.
I don't follow boxing, so have to judge this film on it's own merit, as I don't know enough about the life of LaMotta, but the film is shocking, provoking and ultimately depressing. The story is gripping enough, with liberties taken to make it all the more so, I won't judge LaMotta by this film, but I will say that unlike his ambition to do so, this film manages to punch well above it's weight.
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Great actingBy a customer , 30 Jun 2011I enjoyed this film as i like scorsese films. It was a long film tho, my boyfriend fell asleep half way through and missed alot of it. Robert de niro's acting is brilliant in this film and is worth watching for that
A Must See!!!By LBSandy (1 review) from Newcastle upon Tyne , 29 Jun 2011Supurb acting as always from Deniro and a strong supporting cast make this an amazing film. Didn't realise just how much effort Deniro puts into his acting roles until seeing him at the end of this film, brilliant acting very well shot and a must see for anyone who appreciates a well acted film.
To be watched !!By fairymary (14 reviews) from Whitstable , 10 Jun 2011Fascinating film.
Quite violent but the violence has to be included to show the character of this mad man boxer, Joe.
Robert de Niro & Joe Pesci team up so well together, complimenting each others characters all the way.
I love the attention to detail in everything from the background figures doing things even though they are not in the main screen, to the fabulous hairstyles & costumes.
And, although made in 1990's, not at all dated.
Not worth the Hype!By a customer , 29 Apr 2011While they were a few good scenes with De Niro's performance, this movie was so dull. It failed to engage me as there were no sympathetic characters and although watched all of it, it felt dull and boring to me. Don't know why this film gets the level of hype it does. It completely fails to engage.