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Taxi Driver -- A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.

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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An individual's fight- against loneliness and for justice. See more (896 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

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' Time Keeper (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 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)

Antone Pagán ... 2nd Boy on sidewalk (uncredited)

Billie Perkins ... Friend of Iris (uncredited)

Don Stroud ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frankie 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 (casting)
 
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 .... d.g.a. 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 .... 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 .... mixer
Roger Pietschmann .... recorder (as Roger Pietschman)
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Robert Rogow .... boom man
Tex Rudloff .... 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)
Tom Scott .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Raymond Hartwick .... transportation coordinator (as Ray Hartwick)
 
Other crew
Keith Addis .... assistant to the producers
Marion Billings .... special publicity
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Pat Dodds .... secretary to the producers
Amy Holden Jones .... assistant to the director (as Amy Jones)
Eugene Iemola .... production assistant
Howard Newman .... publicist
Dan Perri .... title design
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)
Connie Foster .... double: Jodie Foster (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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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (re-release) | Stereo
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Argentina:16 (re-release 2014) | Australia:R18+ | Australia:MA15+ (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (2013) | Chile:18 | Chile:14 (re-release 2014) | Colombia:18 | Czech Republic:12 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:K-18 (1976) | France:16 (original rating) | France:12 (re-rating) (1991) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/18 | Portugal:M/16 (re-release) (2016) | Russia:18+ | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:16 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #24441) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
As Robert De Niro and Cybill Shepherd walk past him, the street drummer says "now back to Gene Krupa syncopated style". This line was sampled by British band Apollo Four Forty for their song 'Krupa'. The track appeared on their 1997 album 'Electro Glide in Blue'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Travis meets with Betsy the first time at the Palantine office, an overhead shot shows him beginning to sweep his arm through the air above the desk. In the next shot, from the front, his arms are in a different position.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.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Pilgrim, Chapter 33See more »

FAQ

Is Travis Bickle a hero or a villain?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Why is a different man shown in the newspaper and rearview mirror as Travis?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An individual's fight- against loneliness and for justice., 18 February 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

"Taxi Driver" is a beautiful portrayed of an individual who tries to do things his way, in the hectic and dangerous New York of the '70's. He already isn't a stable person to begin with (he's a Vietnam veteran) but through his loneliness and due to his own personal views and idea's of society and the world, he gets more and more consumed by the rotten society until he feels it is enough and decides to take matters into his own hands.

Beauty of the movie is that it gets interpreted by everyone in his or hers own way. Everyone sees some different things in the story and characters. I think this also was what writer Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorsese had in mind, while making this movie.

The story takes us into the world of Travis Bickle. We begin to see society through his eyes and we more and more begin to understand the character as the movie progresses. It makes his character not only a understandable one but also a very realistic one. Nothing in this movie is overdone or made to look better or worser than it is in real life.

The movie is made extra powerful through the performances of the cast. Robert De Niro is a sensational main lead and the supporting cast is also real great. Some well known actors that were still unknown at the time of this movie make an appearance, such as a very young Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Victor Argo and an almost unrecognizable young Harvey Keitel.

The entire movie is sensational- and with lots of style directed by Martin Scorsese, who knows how to set the right mood and atmosphere. The simple- but effective and realistic from Michael Chapman and the musical score by Bernard Herrmann (his last) also add to the atmosphere. Also of course the fact that New York City serves as the backdrop for this movie, gives the movie a typical dark and gritty feeling and atmosphere. Everything is slowly but powerfully build up in the movie and every sequences plays a significant role. A result of this is that the movie is filled with some unforgettable sequences, of which the famous 'You talking' to me?' sequence is the best known. But also the violent ending leaves a lasting impression.

It's still a movie that applies today, after 30 years now. Because lets face it, what exactly has been changed in society compared to 30 years ago and now? The subject and meaning of the movie could still apply to present day. It makes "Taxi Driver" a timeless and important movie that is a perfect reflection of society and already is worthy of the 'classic'-status.

Yet another essential '70's viewing.

10/10

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