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Chicago Cab (1997)

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 overview, first billed only:
Cab Driver
Tim Gamble ...
Religious Father
Olivia Trevino ...
4-Year Old Girl
Religious Mother (as Moira Harris)
Rana Khan ...
Lawyer (as Shanesia Davis-Williams)
Laura Kellogg Sandberg ...
Bug-Eyed Woman
Father-to-Be (as Phillip Van Lear)
Ora Jones ...
Pregnant Woman
Crack Head
Stoner Girl
Sports Fan


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?


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hellcab  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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The original play, "Hellcab", opened in Chicago in 1992. See more »


Cab Driver: Why does everything have to be so fucked up?!
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Performed by Hi-Fi Killers
Written by John L. Horn (as John Horn), Kevin Okurland (as Kevin Okerlund),
Mark Holt
Published by Hellagapp Music, Sticky Buddah Music, Trick Deck Music
Courtesy of Loosegroove Records
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You can see what it was trying to do but it doesn't manage to do it
16 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In Chicago we spend the day with the driving of a taxi who starts work at 6am, picking up a religious family and taking them to church. Throughout the day he has to deal with many different types of fare, from abusive boyfriends, drunken sports fans, adulterous colleagues and a woman who has been raped. He increasingly gets more and more impatient and distraught with what he sees in Chicago's life and he starts to get very tired as his shift reaches way past midnight on a freezing cold Christmas in Chicago.

This film had potential – lots of characters, lots of stories, lots of real people all come and go past our main character as he drives his cab, however it is all the more annoying for the fact that it is just a badly fragmented film where little bits sort of work, some bits could have worked and other bits are just clichéd and lazily written. Too many of the characters' stories just stop and their point is lost. This is a waste because there is such a wide variety of recognisable characters here that it is a shame that nothing of any interest is done with them. Some of the stories do work and have a minor impact but they are just lost in a film that lacks structure and seems content to be a patchwork of stories and nothing else. Of course, many better films have shown us that a variety of stories with a loose connection can work as a film, but this film fails to have a real central point that we can latch onto.

This point should have been the cabbie, but the film does a bad job with his character and I was never emotionally drawn into his life or his thoughts. Some of the individual stories are quite interesting but they are so truncated that they make no real impact. The cast try hard and I was impressed (surprised?) by just how many well known faces had signed up for the film. Dillon is OK but can't do much with the character – it feels like he is being given direction without understanding what his character feels. The rest of the cast are basically cameos and most of them aren't very good simply because they aren't given much to work with. Ironside, Metcalf, Reilly, Anderson, Cusack, Lennix, Moore and Hayes all show up but few of them can raise the material.

Overall this was an interesting film that had potential but fails to really deliver. It is a good idea and one that requires very good delivery to hold all these stories together and deliver an emotionally satisfying film at the end – however the film fails to do that and it is annoying for that reason. It is a failure but it is not totally without merit, but having said that, I could see no reason for me to ever want to see this again.

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