Scorsese's depressing but magnificent vision of the dying American Dream and suicidal macho codes in the form of the rise and fall of middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta, a brutish, dull-witted animal who can express himself only in the ring and through violence. A photographically expressive, brilliant drama, with easily the most intense and brutal boxing scenes ever filmed. De Niro provides a vintage performance, going from the young LaMotta to the aging has-been, and is ably accompanied by Moriarty as his girl and Pesci as his loyal, much beat-upon bro.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 128 minutes.
Oscars 1980: Actor (De Niro), Film Editing; AFI 1998: Top 100; Golden Globes 1981: Actor--Drama (De Niro); L.A. Film Critics 1980: Actor (De Niro), Film; Natl. Bd. of Review 1980: Actor (De Niro), Support. Actor (Pesci), Natl. Film Reg. 1990;; N.Y. Film Critics 1980: Actor (De Niro), Actor (De Niro), Support. Actor (Pesci, Pesci); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1980: Cinematog., Director (Scorsese), Support. Actor (Pesci).
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