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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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He's a lonely forgotten man desperate to prove that he's alive. 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The producers were looking for a "Cybill Shepherd" type to play the female lead in the film. When agent Sue Mengers heard this, she reportedly called them and asked why not hire Cybill Shepherd. See more »


The aluminum runner that Travis pops off the side of his desk drawer is not the same one that appears on the retractable arm-holster he constructs. 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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Scorsese's dark masterpiece of urban alienation
2 November 1999 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

Despite what some might see as limited by technical flaws and/or as an overly simplistic plot, Taxi Driver deserves its critical reputation as a cinematic masterpiece. Some 23 years later, the existential plight of Travis Bickle, "God's lonely man," continues to pack a hard emotional punch. In fact, it's hard to know where to begin when praising the elements of this film - such elements as the dark location shots of a (now gone) seedy Times Square, the cinema verite settings of the cabbies and campaign workers, the magnificent Bernard Hermann score, Paul Schrader's fine script, the memorable performances of Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, and Peter Boyle all must be mentioned. However, the brilliance of this film is primarily a result of the brilliance of De Niro and Scorsese, one of the greatest actor-director teams in movie history. This is an unforgettable film and rates a 10 out of 10, in my estimation.

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