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Chicago Cab (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  2 October 1998 (USA)
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There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character ... See full summary »

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Cab Driver
Tim Gamble ...
Religious Father
Olivia Trevino ...
4-Year Old Girl
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Religious Mother (as Moira Harris)
Rana Khan ...
Pakistani
Darryl Theirse ...
X-Hat
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Al
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Laura Kellogg Sandberg ...
Bug-Eyed Woman
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Father-to-Be (as Phillip Van Lear)
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Pregnant Woman
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Crack Head
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Stoner Girl
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Homer
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Sports Fan
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There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character develops as the different people of Chicago come & go. His character shows through when he tells a woman the truth about one of the huys he has in his cab. One highlight of this is the amount of cameos by well known faces who seem to be doing this film for the craic. The cab driver reacts well to the madness surrounding him & you can almost share his tiredness at the end of the shift. Crackheads, stoners, posh randy lawyers, irate Pakistanis and the high & lows of the working day are dealt with in this low budget film. Written by Michael A Hunter <thewaas@yahoo.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexual content | See all certifications »
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Also Known As:

Hellcab  »

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Opening Weekend:

$4,485 (USA) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

$4,485 (USA) (2 October 1998)
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The original play, "Hellcab", opened in Chicago in 1992. See more »

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Cab Driver: Why does everything have to be so fucked up?!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A good film
6 September 2003 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately I only caught this movie part of the way through on TV, but this movie piqued my interest immediately. Having driven taxi's myself for 13 months straight back in 2000/01 I always like to see what it's like for cab drivers elsewhere, how the driver responds to situations etc..

The Christmas eve I spent behind the wheel I got probably less than one passenger an hour, but I noticed that the atmosphere was definitely different from the typical weekday/weekend. So to busy Chicago, where the bald-headed driver is ferrying around a wide variety of people. He handles most things in a relaxed and fairly unstressed manner, and shows concern for others, but unfortunately is in that place in life which would see him earning his way by being behind the wheel of a taxi.

It looks like taxi driving is basically the same thing no matter where you are, mainly ferrying around city folk, the carless people and those who are intoxicated to varying degrees. I've felt the fear that the taxi driver felt when he picked up John Cusack's character, when the person won't tell you where they want to stop off. Are they going to do a runner? is there a dead end around the next corner where five guys with clubs lie in wait? Probably 99 times out of 100 it's a false alarm, but the 100th time...

At the end of the film I sympathised with the cabbie, where he's worn out, he's got the echoes of dozens of conversations in his head, and he's had some good times and some bad times. And back at it again the next day...


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