Raging Bull (1980) quotes

Director
Martin Scorsese.

Cast
Robert De Niro.
Cathy Moriarty.
Joe Pesci.

An emotionally self-destructive boxer’s journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

[first lines]
I remember those cheers / They still ring in my ears / After years, they remain in my thoughts. / Go to one night / I took off my robe, and what’d I do? I forgot to wear shorts. / I recall every fall / Every hook, every jab / The worst way a guy can get rid of his flab. / As you know, my life wasn’t drab. / Though I’d much… Though I’d rather hear you cheer / When you delve… Though I’d rather hear you cheer / When I delve into Shakespeare / “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse”, I haven’t had a winner in six months.
Jake La Motta
[he lights a cigar]
Though I’m no Olivier / I would much rather… And though I’m no Olivier / If he fought Sugar Ray / He would say / That the thing ain’t the ring, it’s the play. / So give me a… stage / Where this bull here can rage / And though I could fight / I’d much rather recite /… that’s entertainment.
Jake La Motta

You didn’t get me down, Ray.
– Jake La Motta

[last lines]
Go get ’em, champ.
Jake La Motta
[he begins shadowboxing]
I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss… I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss, I’m da boss.
Jake La Motta

I sucked your brother’s cock.
Vicki LaMotta
You sucked my brother’s cock?
Jake La Motta
Yeah, I sucked his cock. I sucked all their cocks – what do you want me to tell you?
Vicki LaMotta
[as Jake starts moving to leave the house and confront Joey]
His fucking cock is bigger than yours.
Vicki LaMotta

Did you fuck my wife?
Jake La Motta
What?
Joey LaMotta
Did you fuck my wife?
Jake La Motta
[pauses] How do you ask me that? I’m your brother and you ask me that? Where do you get you’re balls big enough to ask me that?
Joey LaMotta
You’re very smart, Joey. You’re giving me a lot of answers, but you ain’t giving me the right answer. I’m gonna ask you again: did you or did you not?
Jake La Motta
I’m not gonna answer that. It’s stupid. It’s a sick question and you’re a sick fuck and I’m not that sick that I’m gonna answer it. I’m leaving, If Nora calls tell her I went home. I’m not staying in this nuthouse with you. You’re a sick bastard, I feel sorry for you, I really do. You know what you should do? Try a little more fucking and a little less eating, so you won’t have problems upstairs in the bedroom and you pick on me and everybody else. You understand me, you fucking wacko? You’re cracking up! Fucking screw ball ya!
Joey LaMotta

If you win, you win. If you lose, you still win.
– Joey LaMotta

What are ya thinkin’ about? Ya keep lookin’. Where the fuck you going? You’re dead! You’re married! You’re a married man, it’s all over. Leave the young girls for me.
– Joey LaMotta

Who is this? Sal, is that you. I can hear you breathing you fuck. You listening, your mother sucks fucking big fucking elephant dicks, you got that?
– Joey LaMotta

[after Janiro fight] He ain’t pretty no more.
– Tommy Como

Come on, hit me. Harder. Harder.
Jake La Motta
What the fuck do you want? That’s hard. What are you trying to prove?
Joey LaMotta

I got these small hands. I got a little girl’s hands.
– Jake La Motta