5 BRUTAL CLASSIC!!!jagger | 03/03/2011 | See all jagger's reviews (179)Based on the true story of boxer Jake La Motta, De Niro puts in his finest acting performance and deservedly won the Oscar for best actor. The fight scenes have brutal realism, and that's not just inside the ring. There are plenty of highs and lows with both his wife and brother (played the brilliant Joe Pesci). The whole film is in black and white and in my view it was a masterstroke as it seems like you are actually there. Scorcese/De Niro/Pesci, always a knockout combination!!!!