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X-Hat
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Homer
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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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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexual content | See all certifications »
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$4,485 (USA) (2 October 1998)

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$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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Swami's Last Command
Performed by Fu Manchu
Lyrics by Scott Hill
Music by Fu Manchu
Published by Strolling Astronomer Music
Courtesy of Mammoth Records
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Good job, not really my taste
13 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

It's Christmastime in Chicago, but the season is not very merry for the cab driver whose name we never learn. He ends up driving a number of quirky characters to places around the city, and a lot of his experiences are not particularly pleasant. And the arm rest on one side of the back seat keeps falling off despite the driver's best efforts.

This was a pretty good movie, though not really the type I usually enjoy watching. I think it will appeal to a certain kind of person. All the acting performances were good, and though I can't single anyone out as the best, I really liked the first lawyer and the architect. The scene with the architect may have been the best in the entire movie.

The sound went out a number of times during this movie--but it was often obvious what characters were saying. In a couple of cases I think the expression used could be abbreviated F. Y. I'm happier when substitute words are used on network TV, though in this movie, maybe it would have been too much work to fix the incredible number of bad words. I liked one scene where the driver said a bad word which, of course, I couldn't hear, and a child walking by said to the adult with him or her (probably a parent or grandparent), 'He said ****!'

I didn't like a lot of the music, but there were several good songs. One was played when the two white drivers and the black driver were discussing whether they should refuse to pick up certain people. Another was used for the scene with the second lawyer. And of course 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas', played near the end, was very enjoyable for me. The credits listed a lot of Christmas songs that I didn't really notice. The decorations were nice. Few people in this movie seemed to be enjoying Christmas, though.

This was a worthwhile film, but if you're not lucky enough to see it cleaned up for TV, be prepared for some rough language.


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