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Robert De Niro has been a Hollywood heavyweight for decades, and is one of the most respected actors in the business. To celebrate the release of his latest action filled thriller The Family, out on Blu-ray and DVD on 31 March, we take a look back at De Niro’s fabulous filmography and prove why he is one of the all time greats.
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather Part II is the second part of epic The Godfather trilogy, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. Marlon Brando won the Academy-Award® for his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather. In The Godfather Part II, De Niro takes on a young Vito Corleone and transforms from man to don in the fantastic revenge story, which sees him also win the Academy-Award® making this the only time two actors have won for playing the same role.
In Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas De Niro stars as Jimmy Conway, one third of a trio of gangsters played by Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. The film still holds up as one of the best gangster films ever made, and is also a great collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro.
Silver Linings Playbook
David O’Russell’s Academy-Award nominated film is heartfelt and witty, De Niro was nominated for an Academy- Award® for his supporting role as Bradley Cooper’s Philadelphia Eagles-loving dad.
Robert De Niro stars in this true-life story of boxer Jake LaMotta, who rose quickly to the top of the ranks in the boxing world only to see it all crumble in front of him. De Niro gained 60 pounds to play the older LaMotta for the latter half of the film. He dropped the weight as soon as production ended. The film earned De Niro his second Academy Award®.
Taxi Driver is the story of detached New York cabbie Travis Bickle, who finds the world after his time serving in the war is filthy and disgusting. De Niro essentially becomes unhinged and creates one of the most chilling representations of mental illness ever captured on film. De Niro’s most famous line “You talkin’ to me?” was coined in Taxi Driver and is a performance not to miss.
Meet the Parents
In Meet The Parents De Niro plays an Ex-CIA officer and over protective father, who is paranoid about his daughter’s new man played by Ben Stiller, which proves for some hilarious consequences. Keeping his tough guy image in tact De Niro brings some heart to the original incarnation of the ‘Meet The…’ films.
The Deer Hunter
Robert De Niro, plays Michael a Pennsylvania factory worker who ships off to Vietnam with his two friends Steven and Nick. After being held prisoner in a Vietcong camp (and subjected to a horrifying game of Russian roulette), the film follows the emotional repercussions that war has on ordinary people.
The Untouchables tells the story of Eliot Ness and his crusade to bring down vicious Chicago mob boss Al Capone, played brilliantly by Robert De Niro. Robert stars alongside an all star cast lead by a magnificent Sean Connery in a role which won him an Oscar.
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino – to go head to head in this riveting crime saga. De Niro plays Neil McCauley, a brilliant thief who catches the eye of brilliant detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino) for an intense action thriller.
De Niro plays a mafia boss whose family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after breaking the sacred code and snitching on his crew. This journey of a close-knit clan trying to start over proves that sometimes old habits die hard, De Niro stars alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Dianna Agron in this dark comedy on organised crime.
The Family is available on Blu-ray DVD on 31 March 2014