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Directed by Martin Scorsese

United States 1980 129 mins.

“The apotheosis of De Niro’s — indeed, of anyone’s — practice of Method Acting comes in Martin Scorsese’s harrowing biopic about the boxer Jake LaMotta.  De Niro sculpted his body to a middleweight fighter’s level of fitness, then ballooned up by adding 60 pounds to his frame so as to depict the washed-up LaMotta.  Even more astonishing, it could be argued, is his emotional commitment to the role:  playing an unsavory character with immense, unfailing empathy and brutal poetry.  A titanic performance and a great, great film.”—Shawn Levy.

Genres: Drama