Tim Constantine reports on immigration as an election issue for Ted Cruz and the rest of the Republican field, Democratic poll numbers heading into their weekend debate, and a surprising change for actor Robert De Niro.
#14 Raging Bull (1980) Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci. 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, La Motta'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. Scorsese was initially reluctant to develop the project, though he eventually came to relate to La Motta's story. Schrader re-wrote Martin's first screenplay, and Scorsese and De Niro together made uncredited contributions thereafter. Pesci was an unknown actor prior to the film, as was Moriarty, who was suggested for her role by Pesci. During principal photography, each of the boxing scenes was choreographed for a specific visual style and De Niro gained approximately 60 pounds to portray La Motta in his later post-boxing years. After receiving mixed initial reviews (and criticism due to its violent content), it went on to garner a high critical reputation and is now regarded among the greatest American films ever made, including by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, British film historian Leslie Halliwell, the American Film Institute, Time, The New York Times, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Empire, Total Film, Film 4, and BFI's Sight and Sound. It was listed in the National Film Registry in 1990, its first year of eligibility. Raging Bull is voted by many critics including Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel as
FILE - In this April 25, 2015 file photo, Robert De Niro attends a Tribeca Film Festival closing night special screening of "Goodfellas" at the Beacon Theater in New York. De Niro stars as trainer Ray Arcel in the film, "Hands of Stone," a film about boxing legend Roberto Duran. The film was picked up by The Weinstein Company for U.S. distribution rights during the Cannes International Film Festival. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
In this May 6, 2014 file photo, Robert De Niro attends "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute," honoring Don Rickles, in New York. Rickles is being feted by Spike TV with a 90-minute special, "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute." The event, attended by De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, and others, taped earlier this month at Harlem's storied Apollo Theater, airs Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 9 p.m. EDT, packed with love and a healthy dose of bile. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and actor Robert De Niro, left, with his wife Grace Hightower, attends the world premiere of "Time Is Illmatic" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, actor Robert De Niro stands for photographs during the photo call of the movie "Grudge Match", in Rome. A film company co-founded by De Niro called Tribeca Enterprises is selling a 50 percent stake to the Madison Square Garden Company, according to a deal that was announced Saturday, March 22. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In a Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Robert De Niro speaks on stage at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles. A film company co-founded by De Niro called Tribeca Enterprises is selling a 50 percent stake to the Madison Square Garden Company, according to a deal that was announced Saturday, March 22, 2014. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)