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YMMV: Raging Bull
  • Award Snub: One of the more notorious ones. It won for Actor and Editing, but not for Director, Screenplay, or Picture.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: As noted under Creator Breakdown, Martin Scorsese was struggling with a cocaine addiction at the time and planning on retiring as a director. Robert De Niro specifically brought the project to Scorcese in hopes that its themes of self-destruction would help Scorcese overcome his problems. Needless to say, they succeeded.
  • Vindicated by History: When it came out, it received pretty mixed reviews and was snubbed by the Oscars. Now if you ask most critics what the best film from 1980s was, most of them will say Raging Bull. There are many who will also call it the best film of all time.
  • The Woobie: Vikki LaMotta, although if you were to give her a hug then Jake would probably fly into a rage and attack you and her both, because he is a Jerkass.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Joey can be a Jerkass to his wife, but he also acts at the Morality Chain for Jake, being the one person who keeps him ground. At least until the end.
    • Jake is also a Jerkass Woobie when he ends up a washed up hack and does time in prison, averting sports movie sentimentalism by showing that Victory Is Boring. That he has to sell his title belt hammers it home. The fact that he comes out a changed man and finally owns up to being a colossal asshole doesn't hurt either.

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