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Basics Critics:94Viewers:78Rusty:77
Category: Bio/History, Drama, SportsNotable as: Biographical filmSub-Category: biographical film, sports film, drama filmNarrative location: Miami metropolitan area, New York City, Michigan, MiamiRuntime: 124 - 129 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York City, Los AngelesDirector: Martin ScorseseScreenwriter: Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin, Martin Scorsese, Robert De NiroBased on: Raging Bull: My StoryMusic: Pietro MascagniCinematography: Michael ChapmanStars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, John Turturro, Mario Gallo, Bill Hanrahan Producer: Robert Chartoff, Irwin WinklerAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actor (Robert De Niro)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Michael Chapman)
Academy Award for Best Director (Martin Scorsese)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Cathy Moriarty)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin from Jake LaMotta's memoir Raging Bull: My Story. It stars Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, an Italian American middleweight boxer whose self-destructive and obsessive rage, sexual jealousy, and animalistic appetite destroyed his relationship with his wife and family. Also featured in the film are Joe Pesci as Joey, La Motta's well-intentioned brother and manager who tries to help Jake battle his inner demons, and Cathy Moriarty as his wife. The film features supporting roles from Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana and Frank Vincent. Scorsese was initially reluctant to develop the project, though he eventually came to relate to La Motta's story. Schrader re-wrote Martin's first screenplay, and Scorsese and De Niro together made uncredited contributions thereafter. Pesci was an unknown actor prior to the film, as was Moriarty, who was suggested for her role by Pesci.

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