Raging Bull

1980 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD

Raging Bull

1980 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD
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Robert De Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese's widely acclaimed biopic, which paints a raw portrait of a tormented soul unable to control his violent outbursts.
Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo, Frank Adonis, Joseph Bono
Martin Scorsese
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1, Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them. R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this 1980 biopic about boxing champion Jake LaMotta is one of the most highly acclaimed American movies ever made. It's supremely brutal, with punishing boxing sequences as well as shocking violence set outside the ring (Jake beats up his wives and his brother). Language is very strong, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," and "c--k," and there is at least one scene with strong sexual suggestion. Some characters drink and smoke, but in a background way, and there's an ad for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer on television. Teens interested in cinema history will eventually discover this one, but don't let the old-fashioned black-and-white cinematography fool you: this one is for older teens and grownups only.

Sexual Content

Jake's wife Vicki is around 14 when they meet, and definitely a teen when she marries him. Jake flirts with her somewhat inappropriately, and they kiss. In one scene (while married), they make out and remove pants and underwear. No nudity is shown. Jake pours ice water down his pants to stop the sexual encounter. Viewers see a wet spot on the front of Vicki's nightgown. Later in the story, Jake kisses two girls in his nightclub, while still married. Otherwise, there is various sexual innuendo.


This movie contains some of the most punishing, bloody boxing ring footage ever filmed, complete with spraying bodily fluids. Jake also threatens, slaps, and punches his first and second wives and beats up his brother. In another scene, Jake punishes himself by punching and banging his head against a brick wall. We also see a ringside riot after a fight, in which people are trampled.


Very strong language here, with frequent use of "f--k." We also hear "s--t," "c--t," "c--k," "balls," "motherf--ker," "son of a bitch," "faggot," "fags," "ass," "a--hole," "Christ," "d--k," and "piss."

Social Behavior

The main character more or less gets his comeuppance for his bad behavior, though he may or may not realize it himself. Minor characters come out sadder, but wiser. No characters really change in a positive way.


During a fight on television, we see a promo spot for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, twice. In the final scene, we see a Kleenex box.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink socially in several scenes, though no one appears to be drunk. Jake drinks a beer at home in one scene. Jake smokes a cigar in the later years, and a minor character smokes a cigarette.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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