Scorsese,De Niro,Pesci deliver another hard hitting (no pun intended) film about the boxer Jake LaMotta in what is to me De Niro's finest performance the passion and respect he took to it deserves the respect of anyone who loves films.
In 1989 a number of leading film critics were asked to pick their top movie of the 1980s.The result was Raging Bull and its not hard to see why. The story of Jake LaMotta who won and lost the boxing heavyweight champion of the world and his subsequent downfall where he ended up being a nightclub host in a sleazy fleapit.Robert DeNiro is truly astonishing as LaMotta Joe Pesci is his brother/manager and Cathy Moriarty is his teenage bride.Beautifully photographed in black and white and with amazing scenes inside the boxing ring this is director Martin Scorsese at the top of his game.Not a pretty movie by any standards as its scenes of violence both inside the ring and out is sometimes hard to watch but once seen its impossible to forget.An 80s Citizen Kane.,
I was a bit young to see this at the time it came out but watched it on TV recently and realize now why it is such an acclaimed film. My father in law had told me I should borrow his old VHS tape of it to watch ages ago ( I hadn't done as our old VHS player doesn't work!) It really is such a powerful film I shall have to get the DVD in time - Id love to see it again in a few months time.