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Scorsese and De Niro's demanding and intense tale of middleweight champion Jake LaMotta. De Niro won a well-deserved Oscar for his portrayal of LaMotta. Pesci was nominated as Jake's manager- brother as was Moriarty as LaMotta's battered trophy wife. Winning another Oscar for film editing, the boxing scenes are brutal, reflecting Jake's violent lash against his sexual insecurities and poor self- esteem, taking that rage on boxers in the ring and his family out of it. A powerful film about Jake's jealousy and his decent into mediocrity as a life- long loser who never learns his lessons. I give it 5/5.
- kevin sellers
The hardest thing to do in movies is to make the viewer care about a complete jerk. That Scorsese ALMOST succeeds says much about the quality of this film. Give it an A minus.
- william gauslow
To the cinematology people involved in this movie. You knew when to use minimal contrast of B&W film. You knew when to maximise the contrast of B&W film. Regardless of all other movie characteristics, this is a very great B & W movie. Ansel Adams and George Hurrell envied every scene.
On top of this being one of the most amazingly shot films, it also contains one of the most unforgetable on-screen performances by Robert De Niro