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Raging Bull

1980 American biographical sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese Website

Approval Rate: 84%

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    Sun Feb 07 2010

    Raging Bull is a classic movie. One of De Niro's best roles easily. More about an aggressive out of control personality than it is about boxing. Interesting look at the downside to a violent world and a violent life.

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    Tue Nov 10 2009

    Notice the year this was made? I have to believe this was the inspiration for all the boxing movies that made Stallone famous a number of years later. Jake was an interesting but very sad person and this movie was done very well.

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    Mon Jun 22 2009

    Amazon, are you going to post my review? Absolutely not any better than the 2 disc special edition standard version.

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    Sun Jun 14 2009

    I dont recommended it on Blu-Ray Because its NOT COLOURED Its On Black&White; .. Raging Bull Is One Of The Greatest Sport Movie ever But Blu-Ray Will Not Make any diffrence in this movie Ofcourse Blu-Ray Make HUGE diffrence in the new movies but not in this one !!

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    Fri Apr 17 2009

    Here's a gritty, film noir-type story of real-life former boxing champion Jake LaMotta, a film that has features some memorable aspects to it. Perhaps most memorable is the physical transformation of lead actor Robert De Niro, who gained somewhere around 50 pounds to play LaMotta at the end of this film. The story moves well with few, if any, lulls and each fight scene is fairly credible although a little too brief. I'd like to have seen more boxing but it's better than having to sit through the overdone action as we saw in the "Rocky" pictures. The black-and-white photography also is excellent in here and makes me wish more modern-day films were done in black-and-white. Usually the Hollywood actresses are a lot better looking than the real-life people they portray but that's not the case here with LaMotta's wife, Vicki. Cathy Moriarity doesn't hold a candle to the real "Vicki," who was a knockout, a voluptuous woman feature several times in Playboy magazine. A warning for... Read more

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    Wed Apr 08 2009

    Watching a black and white movie in blu ray is unbelievable. This is crisp, sharp and De Niro is as good as it gets.

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    Sun Mar 15 2009

    I felt really bad for Jake LaMotta. His jealousy did him in. It scared off his brother/manager who, while at times got him in some bad deals, really looked out for him and was responsible for his success. His wife seemed like a nice girl but he was so jealous he scared her off. I was upset when he took a fall to get a title shot and then was devastated about it. In the end, he retires to a life of luxury with his wife, kids and a house in Miami Beach, and a club, and loses them all quickly. He winds up being a joke has-been up in NYC performing comedy skits for a handful of people in a bar. That is the sorry part, the drama. There are some great fight scenes and watching his rise to the top was fun.

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    Mon Mar 09 2009

    Terrible. Never recieved the product. When I tried to contact the seller they never responed. I will not buy from this person again.

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    Mon Mar 02 2009

    As a matter of course, This is the best film of 1980's. Martin's mise-en-scene shows the extreme end of the limitation. And between the ring, spotlights glitter. Fantastic and magical camera workings dominate all of the movie. Actors/actresses are exactly controlled in the firmly divided frames. The boxing match between Jake LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson will be recorded the most violent, realistic, powerful and marvelous scene in the movie history. (Black and white can be more impressive than colored film!) This is the top biographic movie that can be made. Through the life of a boxer which is full of desire, passion, hopeless and even regret, we come to ask again the possiblity of relief. The shadow boxings which are appeared twice, - the first and last scene - forms a striking contrast, and show Jake's weight of life. That is a symbol of a success that will soon be a failure.

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    Sat Dec 08 2007

    An incredible performance by Robert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta the former middleweight champ. I read the book several years before the movie came out and noted a few inconsistancies in the movie, most notably the beating of his brother Joey, played by Joe Pesci, in a fit of jealous rage. It never happened. He did however beat his best friend Pete, when he arrived home late one night and saw his friend exiting his home. The fight scenes were well staged and realistic and DeNiro actually gained weight to play the older, out of shape LaMotta. A great movie and my second favorite boxing movie.

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    Wed Apr 04 2007

    Scorsese's best and the best ever portrait of a jackass ever put on the screen.

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    Mon Sep 04 2006

    I guess this aint my type of film. It was a very interesting looking picture but the fight scenes were very unrealistic and downright nauseating. I don't like boxing films with overblown violence. I feel it makes the sport look like sport for the sake of bloodbath. I don't appreciate that. Anyway, I feel this film was very artisticly done but way overrated.

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    Tue Dec 07 2004

    Even after 24 years, still the greatest NYC, sports, psychopath, family redemption film ever. Will not be topped in our lifetimes.

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    Mon Dec 06 2004

    A brilliantly written, beautifully filmed nasty story about a largely despicable man. Not easy to watch, because it is hard to find someone to like, but it is a provoking, intelligent film.

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    Tue Jun 22 2004

    Scorsese's best film. DeNiro gives the best performance by anyone in the last 25 years. One of the best drama's of all time, and probably the best drama of the 80s.

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    Tue Mar 30 2004

    Robert DeNiro was never better;Jake LaMotta really came back in this movie.

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    Tue Jan 13 2004

    maybe the best sports movie ever, and shooting it in B/W added to the darkness and sinister power of the story.

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    Mon Nov 18 2002

    Wow! Directed by Martin Sorsese who has a long working relationship with Robert De Niro and mainly shot in black and white. Its basically the life story of Jake LaMotta's life in regards to boxing and his relationships. The fight scenes in this are magnificent and I don't know how people can rate Rocky as better than this. This film doesn't sensationalise Jake's life, it shows him hitting his young wife, lashing out at his brother, being jealous of other men looking at his wife and him putting on weight. The storyline is as intense as the fighting scenes. I'm not a fan of boxing, but I'll happily sit down and watch this movie.

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    Mon May 06 2002

    It ain't no Rocky, but it is definatly a great film.

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    Sat Jan 05 2002

    A true modern classic. The slow motion fight scenes are, indeed, realistic and bloody. De Niro is amazing in this movie about LaMotta. There are adrenalin rushes aplenty thanks to Martin Scorcese's fine work.

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    Wed Oct 24 2001

    Stunning film. The best biographical boxing movie I have ever seen. DeNiro is amazing, his transformation although well documented, is utterly believeable. Scorsese's direction is again brilliant, the fight scenes are superbly choreographed.

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    Thu Oct 11 2001

    Truly Martin Scorsese's masterpiece and a candidate for the greatest film of all-time!

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    Mon May 28 2001

    Yuck. If you like boring docudramas, especially those about macho Italian scumbags, then you might just love this one. If you are going to make a boring movie about a boxer, at least make the fighting realistic and accurate, ok?

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    Tue Jan 09 2001

    Palpable pathos. Scorcese does a great job of setting up LaMotta! Subsequent fall in the opening night club scene. Cinematography is gorgeous.

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    Wed Dec 13 2000

    Scorcese's greatest film. It is simply one of the most visually beautiful films I've seen, and has an uncommon power.

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    Thu Nov 09 2000

    Who doesn't like gratuitous violence?

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    Mon Oct 30 2000

    DeNiro's best. Why is Rocky rated higher than this wonderful movie?

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    Fri Aug 25 2000

    This movie is by far the greatest movie of the 1980s if not all times. It's so realistic, you feel as though you are a fly on the wall experiencing everything as Jake does. Robert De Niro gives his very best performance of his career! It documents the rise to glory and the violent cascade down.

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    Mon Jul 31 2000

    "Who's An Animal Larry?" This Is A Brilliant Film. You Appreciate It A Little More Every Time You Watch It. Bobby & Marty Rule !!!!

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    Tue May 16 2000

    One of the top sports-related movies ever made. DeNiro's performance is phenomenal. This movie paved the way for a host of copycats, none of which equalled the original. This movie is dark, intense and powerful, so if you're in the mood for a light-hearted comedy, this is not the right movie to rent.

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    Tue Dec 07 1999

    This is Dinero at his best. He got so into character that he gave himself a concussion and broke both hands in the filming of one scene(when he's in prison). I thought it was a powerful, quality story. An early Rocky.