R | | Biography, Drama, Sport
The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside of it.
Meeting resistance from United Artists about making a boxing film with a dark anti-hero, producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff refused to tolerate making Rocky II (1979) until Raging Bull (1980) was approved.
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.
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