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Taxi Driver (1976)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  8 February 1976 (USA)
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A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Concession Girl (as Diahnne Abbot)
Frank Adu ...
Angry Black Man
Melio (as Vic Argo)
Gino Ardito ...
Policeman at Rally
Garth Avery ...
Iris' Friend
Harry Cohn ...
Cabbie in Bellmore
Copper Cunningham ...
Hooker in Cab
Travis Bickle (as Robert DeNiro)
Soap Opera Woman
Harry Fischler ...
Nat Grant ...
Stick-Up Man
Leonard Harris ...


Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. Written by Huggo

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On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

8 February 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Taksist  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)


SEK 6,283,970 (Sweden)

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Amongst the unknowns at the time who tried out for the role of Iris were Ellen Barkin, Kim Basinger, Geena Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brooke Shields and Debra Winger. See more »


In the shot from Travis' point of view, when he passes the Palantine office and sees that Betsy is not at her desk, the cameraman and dolly grip are clearly reflected in the window. See more »


[first lines]
[a telephone rings loudly]
Personnel Officer: [to the dispatcher] Harry, answer that.
[to Travis]
Personnel Officer: So whaddya want to hack for, Bickle?
Travis Bickle: I can't sleep nights.
Personnel Officer: There's porno theaters for that.
Travis Bickle: Yeah, I know. I tried that.
Personnel Officer: So what do you do now?
Travis Bickle: Well, I ride around nights mostly... subways, buses... I figure, you know, if I'm gonna do that I might as well get paid for it.
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Hold Me Close
Lyrics by Keith Addis
Music by Bernard Herrmann
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A Shattering Tale In First Person Singular

The impact that "Taxi Driver" had in its day hasn't diminished, on the contrary, it has acquired a relevance of Shakesperean proportions. Travis's loneliness is a hyper representation of the same loneliness most humans have experienced at different times in different measures. It is always associated with a nightmare and Martin Scorsese delivers it like a nightmare. Travis, possessed by Robert De Niro at the zenith of his powers, cruises in his taxi enveloped in Bernard Herrman and we, well, we're the passengers and everything looks terrifying and familiar at the same time. Paul Schrader sensational screenplay comes to life with the jolting force of a rude awakening. Like it happens, more often than not, with masterpieces, it signed in a rather direct way the lives of the ones who live it in a movie theater and the ones who made it. Scorsese being the giant that he is, survived it and will continue startling us I'm sure but I also bet that for years everything he did was compared to this movie. De Niro and his "You looking at me" became such an iconic phrase that even he himself ended up impersonating it. Jodie Foster awoke the insane devotion of a real life would be killer and New York, the greatest city in the world was shown with its underbelly up. A work of art, a superlative reminder of what film could actually give us and very rarely does.

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