Between Avenues A and B, East 7th to East 10th Streets
New York, NY 10009
Subway: 6 to Astor Place; N, R to 8th Street - NYU; L to First Avenue
Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 8:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
This film kicks off the free movie screenings in Tompkins Square Park. Robert De Niro doesn’t pull any punches in this 1980 biopic about middleweight boxing champ Jake La Motta. In fact, under the direction of Martin Scorsese, De Niro brings to life a character that is both despicable and sympathetic. And talk about commitment: De Niro gained 60 pounds while making this film about one of the most unlikable protagonists ever depicted on film. This film captures the raw intensity of a boxer’s life, and the desperation of a man so insecure and paranoid, he beats the crap out of the only people who see any good in him. Come for the film’s potent character study, and stay for the graphic fight scenes (in and out of the ring). Rated R. 1980, 129 mins.