Raging Bull script
Raging Bull (1980)
Synopsis: Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin from Jake LaMotta's memoir Raging Bull: My Story. It stars Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, an Italian American middleweight boxer whose self-destructive and obsessive rage, sexual jealousy, and animalistic appetite destroyed his relationship with his wife and family. Also featured in the film are Joe Pesci as Joey, LaMotta's well-intentioned brother and manager who tries to help Jake battle his inner demons, and Cathy Moriarty as his wife. The film features supporting roles from Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana and Frank Vincent.

JAKE dances around the ring, kissing his gloves and

thrusting them toward the CROWD. JOEY rushes out

and hugs him.

The ANNOUNCER steps into the ring with the mike:


Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner,

under the rules of the Cleveland

Boxing Commission, after ten

rounds, by a decision -- Jimmy


The ANNOUNCER holds up REEVES' arm as his corner

tries to lift him off the canvas -- still out cold.

TWO ATTENDANTS bring in a stretcher.

JAKE is stunned. He still prances around, now

trying to figure out what happened. He raises his

arms in victory, and the FANS go crazy, cheering,

ripping chairs out, fighting with the COPS,

throwing bottles and junk into the ring. PEOPLE go

into the ring.


(to Jake)

Don't get out of the ring. You won

the fight -- let him go out first.


REEVES being placed on the stretcher.

A ringside OFFICIAL signals the ORGANIST and she

starts to play the "Star Spangled Banner." REEVES

is carried out.

Only then do JOEY and TONY escort JAKE out of the




It's a rough neighborhood, inhabited primarily by

welfare cases and street kids.

In the street, two young PUNKS, 13 or 14 years old,

exchange words and start to fight. Their FRIENDS

cheer them on. SALVY and JOEY turn the corner.


Salvy, would I steer you wrong?

Let's say that's the truck; it's

full of cigarettes, right? Now, two

o'clock this morning we move the

truck from here to there,

(he points; the CAMERA


take the cigarettes out, sell 'em,

make some cash.


Hey but Joey, you're thinking

nickels and dimes. The money's with

your brother.


What do you want from my life,

Salvy? He's my brother.


He ain't doin' the right thing.

He's makin' beans compared to what

he should be makin'. Can't you make

him understand that?

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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