R | | Biography, Drama, Sport
The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.
No original music was composed for the film. All of the music was taken from the works of an Italian composer named Pietro Mascagni. Martin Scorsese selected it because it had a quality of sadness to it that he felt fit the mood of the film.
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...
A rubber tube, to carry fake blood, is visible behind Janiro's nose as Jake punches it.
The film is in black and white, but during the opening credits, the title is in red letters.
CBS edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.
$128,590 16 November 1980
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