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Sporting film of the day to help you through lockdown: Raging Bull

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Today's film is Raging Bull.

From robo-heavyweights to angry ice-skaters, sports movies occupy a peculiar and often frankly unwatchable place in the annals of Hollywood history. Amid global lockdown, the PA news agency runs a daily rule over some of the films that might provide that much-needed sporting fix – and those that absolutely shouldn't.

RAGING BULL (1980)

Summary

This Martin Scorsese-directed classic tells the turbulent story, inside and outside the ring, of Jake LaMotta, the New York-based Italian-American and great middleweight of the 1940s and early 1950s. Depicted in his heyday, LaMotta is a relentless and brutal puncher with a granite chin, a force to be reckoned with. But his competition is strong and the mafia-controlled road to a world title shot is a long one. Between fights his domestic life is chaotic. His temper and paranoia complicate his relationships with his first two wives as well as his brother, with violence often the result.

Cast

Robert De Niro won an Oscar (Yui Mok/PA)

Robert De Niro gives an Oscar-winning performance as the troubled and volatile LaMotta. It was said he sparred to a professional standard in preparation for the role and it shows. Co-stars Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty, playing LaMotta's brother and manager Joey and his second wife Vicki respectively, also received Academy Award nominations for their roles.

Review

With De Niro and Pesci in tandem in a Scorsese film, naturally the main protagonists are not shrinking violets. It is at times an uncomfortable watch but its brutal realism does not alter the fact it is an expertly-directed and brilliantly-acted picture, capturing a tortured soul in his quest to become the best. A lot of the crowd scenes have stood the test of time, still looking good 40 years on, and somehow the decision to shoot almost entirely in black and white adds gravitas. Scorsese was also nominated for best director and the film for best picture. With an evocative soundtrack, it must rank as one of the greatest of all sports movies.

Top Quote

"I never went down, Ray. You never got me down, Ray. You hear me? You never got me down."

A bloodied Lamotta – after a pounding at the hands of Sugar Ray Robinson, an opponent he fought six times – finds reason to be proud in defeat.

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2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
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8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
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14Southampton29104153552-1734
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18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
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