Based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull focuses on Jake's rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The 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.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Raging Bull is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time, ranking number 24 in the American Film Institute's "100 Years ... 100 Movies" list. Robert De Niro gives the performance of his career as Jake La Motta, a boxer who's psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Academy Award-winner Joe Pesci (Goodfellas) and Cathy Moriarty (Mambo Kings) are unforgettable as the brother who falls prey to Jake's mounting paranoia and jealousy, and the fifteen-year-old girl who becomes his most prized trophy.
As Jake (De Niro) struggles to become the middleweight boxing champion of the world, he is obstructed by his personal demons. Though a technically brilliant fighter, his credibility as a legitimate boxer is challenged when he conspires with the mob to throw a fight in his opponent's favor. Increasingly violent and self-destructive, Jake sours his already-tumultuous relationship with his brother and boxing manager (played by Pesci) by accusing him of having an affair with his wife, Vickie (Moriarty). Jake's final tragic loss in the ring makes him realize that his greatest defeat was losing the ones he loved.Read More