R | | Biography, Drama, Sport
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Beverly D'Angelo auditioned for the role of Jake's wife, Vicki LaMotta. She also auditioned for the role of Patsy Cline in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) at around the same time. Martin Scorsese chose Cathy Moriarty (whom the producers saw before D'Angelo), freeing D'Angelo to appear in "Coal Miner's Daughter".
Jake La Motta:
I remember those cheers / They still ring in my ears / After years, they remain in my thoughts. / Go to one night / I took off my robe, and what'd I do? I forgot to wear shorts. / I recall every fall / Every hook, every jab / The worst way a guy can...
As Jake hurries to the bathroom after pouring ice water down his shorts, the top of a crewmember's head appears briefly in the lower left-hand side of the screen. (This may be peculiar to the 1988 MGM/UA videotape version.)
The film is in black and white, but during the opening credits, the title is in red letters.
$13,568 (USA) (28 January 2005)
$45,250 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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