Raging Bull - Ray Robinson Title Fight
Jake LaMotta (De Niro) is defending his title in a match against Sugar Ray Robinson. Towards the end of the match, it becomes evident LaMotta’s basically surrendering. He holds onto the ropes, and everything goes slow and quiet. Sugar Ray stands in front of him, preparing for the hell he’s about to unleash.
LaMotta stares back, waiting for his punishment. Then suddenly, with the connection of Sugar Ray’s fist to LaMotta’s face, the noise and flashes of light rapidly come back, as quick cuts of the camera move with every fierce punch. We then see one of the most bloody and brutal boxing matches in cinema history. Sugar Ray winds up for his last punch, and then wrecks LaMotta with it, who’s collection of spit, blood, and sweat flies on a nearby audience member.
In the end Sugar Ray gets LaMotta’s title, but LaMotta assures Ray he’s the real winner in a way because, “Ya never got me down Ray”.
Scene ends with a shot of LaMotta’s blood collected on the ropes. One of the best directed and edited scenes ever.