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Scorsese's loosely biographical and coruscating boxing biopic re-emerges from the red corner in bullish fashion, packing the same devastating emotional punch as it did more than 25 years ago. De Niro has never been better, piling on the pounds to essay heavyweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta. A fearsome fighter on the canvas, LaMotta is consumed by insecurity and sexual jealousy outside of the ring, driven to beat his wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty) on suspicion that she has been unfaithful (when she dares to remark on the good looks of one of his opponents, Jake beats the poor guy's face to a bloody pulp). Joe Pesci plays LaMotta's brother Joey whose friendship with Vickie makes him an easy target for Jake's spiralling paranoia. Two Oscars - Best Actor and Best Film Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker) - from a nominations tally of eight seems scant reward for such a seminal moment in late 20th century cinema.