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‘Raging Bull’ gang relishes 25th anni bash

Scorsese pic finally given a splashy Gotham preem

NEW YORK — When “Raging Bull” first unspooled in 1980, helmer Martin Scorsese bought a pair of Radio Shack speakers for the Gotham theater.

But on Thursday night, on the occasion of the pic’s 25th anni, “Bull” finally got the splashy preem it deserved.

A correction was made to this article on Feb. 2, 2005.

Robert De Niro, running late, swept into the screening at the Ziegfeld and succinctly told the audience, “Glad everyone could come to this reunion. That’s it. Thanks.”

After introducing the film, Scorsese stood in the aisle long enough to watch the credits of the new print.

“It’s great because the film wasn’t received that well initially,” producer Irwin Winkler said. “It’s kind of a sweet victory to come back in 25 years to have a big premiere.”

Scorsese held court at the Cipriani’s after-party. Boxers sparred in a ring while a live band played standards and Jake La Motta chain-smoked.

Pic’s Cathy Moriarty, along with Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, MGM’s Chris McGurk and latecomer Harvey Weinstein, were all on hand to pay their respects to the Oscar contender.

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