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.
Of all the great dramatic films in history, it was the great Buster Keaton's comedy Battling Butler (1926) that was one of Martin Scorsese's biggest inspirations in getting the "feel" of the boxing scenes just right, particularly (and most likely) from Keaton's surprisingly realistic, climactic ... ...
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...
When Jake and Joey are sitting at the kitchen table, Jake tells Joey to grab a towel to hit him. When Joey picks it up Jake says "Now wrap it around your hand," but the first half of the sentence seen from behind Jake focusing on Joey, Jake's mouth is not moving.
The film is in black and white, but during the opening credits, the title is in red letters.
$13,568 (USA) (30 January 2005)
$23,383,987 (USA) (17 February 2005)
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