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Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

1980 / 129min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE

CAST: ROBERT DE NIRO, CATHY MORIARTY, JOE PESCI, FRANK VINCENT

Robert DeNiro both trained down and puffed up to play real-life Bronx-born middleweight champ Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta in both his 1940s prime and its 1950s aftermath. The resulting film, shot in elegant black-and-white by Michael Chapman, is one of the most beautiful movies of the 1980s, as well as an emotionally punishing experience—a stark contrast to Winkler’s other legendary production about an Italian-American slugger, 1976’s rather more uplifting Rocky.