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15,908 Ratings

Raging Bull

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1980
Biography, Drama, Sport


This unflinching biopic of boxing champion Jake LaMotta traces his rise and decline, as his violence in the ring also bleeds into his life at home. His appetite for self-destruction, his volcanic temper, and his obsessive jealousy destroys his relationships with his wife and brother.

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Raging Bull Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1981 | 2 wins including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1981 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1980 | 3 wins including: Best Actor

BAFTA Awards

1982 | 2 wins including: Best Editing

1982 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor

Directors Guild of America

1981 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Despite all these forces striving for intimacy, Scorsese’s vision nevertheless explodes into a behemoth of a film, the ultimate boxing movie, which ironically has little interest in the sport of boxing… It’s like we are inside a stranger’s skull as it’s being beaten to a pulp, while at the same time we’re on the outside looking in, being handed an X-ray. The result is a strange form of empathy: we feel vulnerable (in other words, human).
September 30, 2014
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Scorsese is (with Godard) one of the rare directors to possess this sensual taste for filmic material, which overflows into an abstraction, and that leads to his experimentation with this black-and white and Super 8 film stock. This pseudo-amateurish footage troubles the film, and through these moments of family happiness, breaks the heterogeneous fabric of the film, like in a painting by Rauschenberg or an atonal composition.
March 01, 1981
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