It is June14, 1960. Thirty-seven year old retired ex-middleweight boxing champion JAKE LA MOTTA trudges alone up the endless steps of the Senate Office Building in Washington, DC in the pouring rain. Subpoenaed to testify before the Kefauver Senate investigating committee on corruption in boxing, Jake is about to become the first and only professional boxer to confess before the world to the greatest sin in boxing-- taking a dive in a fixed fight....
Once known as a symbol of courage, the Bronx Bull-- hero of the
slums who wrested the World Middleweight Championship from beloved French Champion MARCEL CERDAN-- this sullen kid from Flatbush Avenue who rarely smiled and never talked unless he had to, survived by a simple code-- "hit 'em first and hit 'em hard". He
vowed he would make it in his harsh world, or die trying.
Portrayed as the controversial ring gladiator in the 1980 film
RAGING BULL by Robert De Niro in an Academy Award winning role, Jake enjoyed a brief comeback in the limelight before his fortune plunged again on the roller coaster ride of his tumultuous destiny.
Pulling no punches, RAGING BULL II follows the fallen champion through the tortured twists and turns of his life long after the
cheering stopped --- through bouts with his six failed marriages and repeated rounds with his fiercest opponent-- himself.
There was SALLY-- the young New York model who married the older ex-champ amidst the ruinous aftermath of his public confession and subsequent exclusion from the boxing world. Isolated and flat broke, Jake takes another dive into obscurity-- drinking heavily
and reeling from the fatal blow to his self-esteem-- until the long-suffering Sally finally flees with their young children from the drunken demons of Jake¹s haunted past.
There was PETRA-- the well endowed Greek beauty queen from Riverdale -- divorcee and mother of one. The courtship was as brief as the marriage, which didn't outlast the leftover wedding
There was DEBBIE-- the young blond Florsheim shoe heiress who started out as the fresh, wide-eyed bride of the Champ and ended up a casualty in the aftermath of the Raging Bull film-- a burnt out gambling and cocaine addict desperately dealing black jack from her New York apartment...
Then there was always VICKIE-- Jake's notorious ex-wife portrayed in the first film who re-surfaced into his life long enough to share
in the limelight of the Academy Awards. Jake's life-long obsession, Vickie never failed to stir the demons of Jake¹s infamous jealousy to her own advantage...
And there was THERESA-- the pretty brunette Jake meets at the Las Vegas gambling tables who willingly becomes the sixth Mrs. Raging Bull only to part in defeat-- unable to compete with Jake's tortured past....
RAGING BULL II is a tale full of fury and passion, of triumph and
despair, of sin and ultimate redemption-- a modern morality play that examines the depths and heights of the human soul. Finally inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame at the age of 63, Jake struggles no longer to be a champion gladiator, but to become
champion human being.
If it is true that when God examines a man, he looks not for medals, but for scars, then Jake La Motta, who in 85 years of survival has taken more hard knocks out of the ring than in, has more than earned the title Middleweight Champion of the World, for which he sacrificed everything that makes most lives worth living....