Raging Bull

Trivia: In the film, the most brutal scene was when Jake throttled his brother Joey, whom he thought was having an affair with his then-wife Vicky. Actually, it was not Joey but LaMotta's good friend Peter.

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Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: In the film, Jake asks Joey the now-famous line, 'Did you f*** my wife?' In an interview with Empire magazine, Joe Pesci, who played Joey, said 'Raging Bull fans come up to me and say, "Did you f*** my wife?" And I tell them, "Certainly. Doesn't everyone?"'

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Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: At the beginning, Martin Scorsese did not want to make Raging Bull when he found out it was a sport-themed film, and Scorsese was - and is - no sport fan. When Robert DeNiro first spoke to him about Jake LaMotta, his initial reaction was, 'A boxer? I don't like boxing.' Cooler heads prevailed, and hence the movie was made.

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Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: In between shots during the boxing scenes, Robert DeNiro would have someone place a punching bag on his corner so he could practice when the cameras weren't rolling. When it came time to shoot, Robert was completely fired up, hence his electrifying performance.

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Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: After boxing, Jake LaMotta became a stand-up comedian. Former WWF Champion Bruno Sammartino writes in his autobiography that he would sometimes sit and listen to Jake speak. He writes, 'His [LaMotta's] stories could bring many tears to your eyes.'

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Trivia: Even though the last match featured was between Jake LaMotta and Sugar Ray, the latter was invited to be best man(!) at one of LaMotta's marriages. There is a charming black and white photograph of both LaMotta and Sugar Ray in tuxedos. They were all smiles as Sugar Ray adjusted Jake's bow tie.

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Allister Cooper, 2011

Trivia: The film was amusingly satired by Mad Magazine as Raging Bully - truly an apt title.

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Trivia: During the final match with Sugar Ray, a veteran ringside observer seated in the front row counted between fifty to sixty punches that Sugar Ray delivered to Jake LaMotta. Even after Jake was defeated, it was not all bitter: After the fight, the fans sang 'For he's a jolly good fellow' for him.

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Allister Cooper, 2011

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