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Raging Bull
Short plot summary

Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) is a Middleweight Champion boxer. This film follows his life using a fictional reality styling.

We watch a man in his position playing his game, throwing a fight, beating his wife, eating steak, sitting by the pool side, fighting his brother, then retiring from the ring, getting fat and telling bad jokes... that's your life mate...

It all looks pretty much doomed from the start and doomsters will not be disappointed by this movie.

What our panel of critics thought

"A triumph of putting on weight for the part without the use of a fat suit."

"Is my TV on the blink or is the ruddy sound in the fights louder than the sound of everyday life? "

"How ya-doooen?"

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

Raging Bull is a classic movie for all of its realism. It offers its audience an insight into a slice of life which one would normally think must be quite wonderful, but, in fact, is sucking like an industrial grade vacuum cleaner during an electrical current surge.

La Motta's life works in the ring (que loud sound) but outside he is a fragile beast (lower sound). Unhappily married, paranoid, a man who had a great talent, and, yet, still it all fails to work out for him. The ending, where he is working as a comedian, still cashing in on his past celebrity, is truly depressing. No, dear viewers, this is not a feel good movie. This is a feel terrible and thank the Lord I've got a life better than this chump movie.

Filmed in Black and White, the reality of the piece is frightening.

Quotable quotes (real)
"How ya dooo-en?"
"I could have been a contender."
"You never got me down."
Other comments

A tough, hard, no spoonful of sugar anywhere movie.

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