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pollux said:Terry Painter, I agree that Raging Bull is one of the finest fight films made.
Robert DeNiro was great as Jake LaMotta. He showed his sullen temper and
ruthlessness. DeNiro sparred with LaMotta to prepare for the role. The actor
looked like he had developed a hard, muscular physique for the part. That is why I was disappointed when I learned that in the later scenes, of the retired and broke LaMotta, DeNiro gained a great deal of weight. No acting role is worth that much of a risk to health. But the filmmakers were right to make the movie in black and white.
I liked the first Rocky, with it's sense of humor, the sequels were predictable
and like self-parodies. I can't imagine why they would want to make another one.
Nichlolas Cage will star in Dance, about real-life ex-boxer Billy Roth. He was,
for forty-four years a boxing coach in a prison.
Strongly agree. Boxers just don't walk face-first into punches like Stallone did.Terry Painter said:I liked "Somebody Up There Likes Me". Great acting via Paul Newman and they didn't try to make an actor look like an accomplished boxer. The fight scenes were up close and rather blurred as I remember. The failure of most boxing movies is that they take an actor like Stallone, who had never boxed, and try to make him and his actor opponents look like boxers. This sport takes years to learn and their incompetence is so obvious. It's like making a ski movie and allowing the star to snow plow down a hill, falling frequently, and expecting the audience to believe he's a great skier.
I also liked "The Raging Bull" for many of the same reasons--except that any of these stage fights would have been stopped immediately if one fighter was taking that much unanswered punishment.