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Writer:
Paul Schrader (written by)
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Release Date:
8 February 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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(1926 articles)
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Diary of a madman See more (798 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Diahnne Abbott ... Concession Girl (as Diahnne Abbot)
Frank Adu ... Angry Black Man

Victor Argo ... Melio (as Vic Argo)
Gino Ardito ... Policeman at Rally
Garth Avery ... Iris' Friend

Peter Boyle ... Wizard

Albert Brooks ... Tom
Harry Cohn ... Cabbie in Bellmore
Copper Cunningham ... Hooker in Cab

Robert De Niro ... Travis Bickle (as Robert DeNiro)

Brenda Dickson ... Soap Opera Woman
Harry Fischler ... Dispatcher

Jodie Foster ... Iris
Nat Grant ... Stick-Up Man
Leonard Harris ... Charles Palantine
Richard Higgs ... Tall Secret Service Man
Beau Kayser ... Soap Opera Man

Harvey Keitel ... Sport
Victor Magnotta ... Secret Service Photographer (as Vic Magnotta)
Bob Maroff ... Mafioso (as Robert Maroff)
Norman Matlock ... Charlie T
Bill Minkin ... Tom's Assistant
Murray Moston ... Iris' Timekeeper (as Murray Mosten)

Harry Northup ... Doughboy
Gene Palma ... Street Drummer
Harlan Cary Poe ... Campaign Worker (as Carey Poe)
Steven Prince ... Andy - Gun Salesman

Peter Savage ... The John

Martin Scorsese ... Passenger Watching Silhouette

Cybill Shepherd ... Betsy
Nicholas Shields ... Palantine's Aide (as Robert Shields)
Ralph S. Singleton ... T.V. Interviewer (as Ralph Singleton)
Joe Spinell ... Personnel Officer
Maria Turner ... Angry Hooker on Street
Robin Utt ... Campaign Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Ardolino ... Boy on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Joseph Bergmann ... Movie House Patron (uncredited)
William Donovan ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Jean Elliott ... Clerk at Sam Goody Store (uncredited)
Annie Gagen ... Campaign Worker (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Political Rally Attendee (uncredited)

Carson Grant ... Political rallier (uncredited)

Mary-Pat Green ... Campaign Aide (uncredited)

Robert John Keiber ... Political Rally Attendee (uncredited)

James Mapes ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Debbi Morgan ... Girl at Columbus Circle (uncredited)
Billie Perkins ... Friend of Iris (uncredited)
Frank Verroca ... Campaign Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (written by)

Produced by
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... associate producer
Julia Phillips .... producer
Michael Phillips .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
Melvin Shapiro 
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Herbert F. Mulligan  (as Herbert Mulligan)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Mona Orr .... hairdresser
Dick Smith .... special makeup
 
Production Management
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... dga trainee (as Robert Cohen)
William Eustace .... second assistant director
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director
Ralph S. Singleton .... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
 
Art Department
Leslie Bloom .... property master (as Les Bloom)
David Goodnoff .... assistant property master (as Dave Goodnoff)
David Nichols .... visual consultant
Cosmo Sorice .... scenic artist
Carter Stevens .... additional photography (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Gordon Davidson .... sound effects editor
James Fritch .... sound effects editor (as Jim Fritch)
Sam Gemette .... sound effects editor
David M. Horton .... sound effects editor (as David Hourton)
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Roger Pietschmann .... sound recorder (as Roger Pietschman)
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Rogow .... boom man
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording supervisor
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound effects editor
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alec Hirschfeld .... assistant cameraman (as Alec Hirshfeld)
Bill Johnson .... assistant cameraman
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Ed Quinn .... grip (as Edward Quinn)
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Steve Shapiro .... special photography
Robert Ward .... key grip
William Ward .... best boy (as Billy Ward)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Ron Zarilla .... assistant cameraman
Michael Zingale .... camera: second unit
Sandy Brooke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Kimatian .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... atmosphere casting (as Sylvia Faye)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Craine .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Marcia Lucas .... supervising film editor
George Trirogoff .... assistant editor
Billy Weber .... assistant editor (as William Weber)
 
Music Department
Shinichi Yamazaki .... music editor
Dave Blume .... musical director (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... conductor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... musical director (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Raymond Hartwick .... transportation coordinator (as Ray Hartwick)
 
Other crew
Keith Addis .... assistant to producers
Marion Billings .... special publicity
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Pat Dodos .... secretary to the producers
Connie Foster .... double: Jodie Foster
Amy Holden Jones .... assistant to director (as Amy Jones)
Eugene Iemola .... production assistant
Howard Newman .... publicist
Dan Perri .... title designer
Noni Rock .... production office coordinator
Renate Rupp .... secretary to the producers
Chris Soldo .... production assistant
Gary Springer .... production assistant
Sandra Weintraub .... creative consultant
Dan Coplan .... location security (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Julia Cameron .... special thanks
Loretta Cubberley .... special thanks
Richard B. Goodwin .... special thanks (as Richard Goodwin)
Jack Hayes .... special thanks
Bernard Herrmann .... our gratitude and respect to: June 29, 1911 - December 24, 1975
Linda Kopcyk .... special thanks
Kris Kristofferson .... special thanks
Charlie McCarthy .... special thanks
Jerry Orange .... special thanks
Hank Phillippi .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
113 min | Spain:110 min (cut version)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (re-release) | Stereo
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:K-18 (1976) | France:16 (original rating) | France:12 (re-rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:16LV | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Spain:18 | Spain:13 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video re-rating) (1993) (uncut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (cut) | USA:R (Approved No. 24441) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was the last Columbia feature to use the classic Torch Lady logo in her classic appearance.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In an earlier version, Iris's timekeeper discovers a weapon on Travis, disarms him, then returns it to him as he's leaving. The scene was edited out, but the gun is still in the timekeeper's hand when he looks at his watch.See more »
Quotes:
[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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Catch That Kid (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Late For The SkySee more »

FAQ

Is 'Taxi Driver' based on a book?
What is the relevance of the noise that Travis Bickle hears at the very end before the credits roll?
What is the song that Betsy says reminds her of Travis?
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157 out of 187 people found the following review useful.
Diary of a madman, 13 February 2006
Author: francois chevallier (francheval@noos.fr) from Paris, France

The script of "Taxi Driver" is built like a diary, the diary of a very ordinary guy who gets hired as a night taxi driver back from Vietnam, because he can't sleep at night. A very ordinary guy who tries to break his isolation, but can't, while violence accumulates inside him. One of those unnoticed people with dark things on their mind, one of those who break up the news one day with some extraordinary outburst of rage, to fall back immediately into anonymity.

The gradual transformation of man into beast in this movie is chilling. It's still funny and pathetic when the hero threatens himself in front of the mirror ("you're talking to me?"), but when he comes out with a mohawk hairdo and dark glasses, it is obvious that nasty stuff is going to take place. As in "A Clockwork Orange", violence is recuperated by society depending on what purpose it is used for. Whereas he was about to murder the candidate for presidency, "god's lonely man" fails and instead kills a vicious pimp who exploits teenage prostitutes. The potential criminal becomes a hero for a day.

Such stories happen everywhere of course, but it seems that the bewildering atmosphere of New York City's summer night was the best choice. "Taxi Driver" gives us a very realistic approach of New York, in a way that is not seen on screen so often, at least not anymore, whilst that city is probably the one in the world that has been filmed the biggest number of times.

Most of the movie takes place at night. The credits open on the blazing lights of the yellow taxi cab moving slowly in the dark rainy streets. A kaleidoscope of neonlight appears through the dripping windows as the driver's eyes blink in the front mirror. The night is the hero's universe, it's the time when "all the animals come out", as he says. By contrast, the few daylight scenes look somewhat off-key, but this was definitely intentional.

The final scene still appears today as extremely violent, but at least, it shows murder for what it is. Brutal, ugly, crude. It is something one tends to forget about after seeing so many police series where people get shot so often that it gets casual. Real violence is not casual when you face it, and here is a film that makes you face it.

The directing is first class and deservedly made path for Scorsese as a world renowned artist. Some techniques he used here are unusual for American cinema, like focusing on details for a few seconds. The movie is enhanced by an excellent music soundtrack by jazz composer Bernard Herrman who died before the picture was even released.

Two of the actors also deservedly made it to stardom. Robert de Niro plays a very unglamorous character, but his presence on screen is so intense that it's no wonder it made such an impression. As for Jodie Foster, she already appeared in films as a child, but playing a teenage prostitute was certainly not an easy challenge, and probably it was that role that really turned her into a major actress.

"Taxi Driver" was a big hit when it came out, both for the public and the critics. It won the Palme d'Or in Cannes, and served as a trend setter for many later films, like for instance Quentin Tarantino's and Abel Ferrara's. But even today, the original model seems difficult to emulate, probably because achieving a masterpiece is a rare thing, by definition.

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