Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top 100 Tuesday #4 - Raging Bull

Raging Bull (Two-Disc 30th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Raging Bull (1980)

Robert De Niro
Cathy Moriarty]
Joe Pesci ...
Frank Vincent

If you've watched this movie, post your thoughts in the comments, and link back to your blog and any review you may have written. If you chose not to watch, you can write about why.

Next Tuesday...Singin' in the Rain


  1. Hated it. I found nothing redeeming in any of the characters. It was powerful, but in its ability to appall and disgust.

    The cinematography was, like the characters, gritty. The acting was excellent. But I hated the characters, hated the story.

  2. A great movie (as reflected by the awards it received). I agree with boliyou in that I thoroughly disliked most of the characters in the movie, but what was great was the ability to portray them so effectively as to make them disgusting (which they may have been in real life).

    Also note that for this movie DeNiro gained ~60# to play the role of an obese man; that's not stagecraft or special effects.

  3. Me, too! People who love film are always aghast that Scorcese lost the Oscar that year to Redford & Ordinary People. But I know which movie stays with me and which movie I stay away from.

    And I know this is an unpopular opinion too, but I think DeNiro was something of a ham in this one. It was as though he'd seen Somebody Up there Likes Me too many times and was channeling Paul Newman.

  4. Stan makes a good point. The people in the movie were supposed to be disgusting, and it's a testament to the actors and director that they didn't go about trying to redeem or glorify them (see our "The Godfather" discussion).

    I have a lot of respect for people who have the self-control to gain and lose weight at will. another prop to DeNiro over "The Godfather."