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D.C. Cab (1983)

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Harold
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Albert Hockenberry
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Charlie Barnett ...
Tyrone
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Dell
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Miss Floyd
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Ophelia
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Baba
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Bongo (as DeWayne Jessie)
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Xavier
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Mr. Rhythm
Peter Paul ...
Buddy (as Peter Barbarian)
David Paul ...
Buzzy (as David Barbarian)
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Herself
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Maudie
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Storyline

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is kidnapped that the cabbies must decide whether or not they are loyal to Albert and his cause. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Comedy | Action

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16 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitol Cab  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,564,530 (USA) (18 December 1983)

Gross:

$16,134,627 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was controversial when first released as it had garnered an R rating in the USA and Mr. T was at the time of popular appeal among children and young persons. See more »

Goofs

When Merna is using the flame thrower you can see the stunt man using the flame thrower and not her. See more »

Quotes

Dell: Why are women are so uptight? They've got half the money and all the pussy.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, The Angel Of Death gets into Tyrone's cab. He says, "I am the Angel of Death, take me to Hell", to which Tyrone responds, "Got any Luggage?" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dream
Performed by Irene Cara
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Irene Cara / Pete Bellotte
Courtesy of Network Records
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Evidently they didn't trust Mr. T (or Gary Busey)
13 April 2004 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Her Majesty's Commonwealth of Canada) – See all my reviews

The 4 erroneous assumptions made in the making of D.C. Cab:

  • Casting out of comedy clubs garuantees that said comedians will be funny
on-screen as they trample through even the blandest of scripted "comedy".

  • Audiences won't mind that Mr T, despite being on the poster, video boxes
and all other advertising related to film is actually a small cog in the comedy wheel.

  • Devoting a large narrative strand to
where-are-they-now?/who-were-they-then? regular Irene Cara will ensure timeless appeal to Irene Cara fans for years to come.

  • Idealistic Adam Baldwin is not made of cardboard.


These failings aside, the movie offers a few ace Busey moments (You ever done drugs/I don't remember.).

In short, it's an ensemble comedy, in the same Hollywood line that gave the world Revenge of the Nerds, the Police Academy movies, and Summer School. This movie sits somewhere below these. The cast is a little overcrowded, with too much of the "plot" devoted the weakest parts of the ensemble.

Just out curiosity: How hard is it to write a movie around Mr T or Gary Busey? It seems that too often T is forever looped into heavy-with-a-heart-of-gold roles, while Busey just gets 2nd bananas, villains and maniacs.


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