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Chicago Cab (1997)

 -  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Shanesia Davis-Williams ...
Lawyer
Laura Kellogg Sandberg ...
Bug-Eyed Woman
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Father-to-Be (as Phillip Van Lear)
Ora Jones ...
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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Do you dare pay the fare?

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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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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hellcab  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The original play, "Hellcab", opened in Chicago in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Cab Driver: Why does everything have to be so fucked up?!
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Crazy Credits

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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Brainstorm
Performed by Critters Buggin
Featuring Stone Gossard on guitar and Brian Wood on vocals
Written by Matt Chamberlain, 'Brad Hauser', Skerik, Stone Gossard,
Brian Wood
Published by Chunky Nuggets, Enlightened Kitty Music, Skerik Music, Write Treatage Music,
Dennis Rodman Music
Courtesy of Loosegroove Records and Epic Records
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I never thought I would actually fall in love with the film, but that's just what I did!
21 November 1999 | by (rhode island) – See all my reviews

I have to admit, the first thing that drew me to the film was John Cusack's cameo, as I am and always will be a huge fan of his (read: fanatic). I never thought I would actually fall in love with the film, but that's just what I did!

As an aspiring indie filmmaker, this film really gets to me in many ways: more obviously, the acting is superb, in all cases. that Paul Dillon really is awesome (as are his eyes, they're killer!), as were all the cameos. I honestly could not find one bad actor among them (the shortness of some screen times may account for that, but let's not get negative here ;)). The story was very interesting and original, and although I've heard of people criticising the film's lack of interesting plot, I really tend to disagree. I've always enjoy "a day in the life of" type movies, especially those that give a perspective on real people, and give you the opportunity to get to know the characters, identify with them very well, unlike most "action-packed" cheesy Hollywood movies filled with little perfect phonies. Instead, to me, this movie had many small plots, and however small they were, they gave you enough to, if you use your imagination god forbid, to really know some characters, and connect with some. The number of real emotions I experienced while watching this movie -- and continue to, no matter how many times I see it -- is staggering. To me this film represents independent filmmaking of the people genre at its best: real and honest, for better or for worst. I also really admire the direction, production, camera work, music, etc. The genius of these elements together gave you a real feel for the topic, the city, the driver, and the drivees. The ending was also superb, for although the movie often showed how much life can suck, the ending gave me some hope for the future of humanity (of which I have very little), or, at least for certain individuals who can think clearly. ;) It really touched me and I identified greatly with it, and it gave a real sense of closure to the film, although I was whining for more when the credits started a-rollin'. :)

I now own this film (yay me!), as I purchased it literally the moment after the video store in which I work released a previously viewed copy for sale, and have watched it in full half a dozen times (and counting) and in parts a countness number. I have also shown it to (read: forced to watch) some friends and family, and although the numbers are pretty equal as to who likes it and who doesn't, the ones who dig it really dig it, and to me that's more than worth it! I want to show it to the world, wooo!


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