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Taxi (I) (1998)

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To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.



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Sabine Bail ...
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Eric Bérenger ...
Butcher (as Eric Berenger)
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In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can't drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn't lose his license and his dream job. Written by Cyril Morcrette <>

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Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Taksi  »

Box Office


FRF 53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,688 (USA) (13 November 1998)


£45,337 (UK) (26 November 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


110 cars were used during the making of the film. See more »


When Emilien is supposed to be naked under the towel after he was in the shower, he drops the towel when Petra walks in to his office - you can see that he is using a pair of white boxers. See more »


Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: [after shooting against bandits that flee the warehouse] I'M OUT OF AMMO!
Daniel Morales: Who cares? Look at the room! There's no one here.
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: Oh my, they're gone!
Daniel Morales: 'Oh my, they're gone!' Let me ask you a question: Do your interrogations always end up like this, or are you just trying to impress me?
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: But no! I usually get to ask at least one question.
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Referenced in Kiss of the Dragon (2001) See more »


by R. Rodriguez
Performed by Studio Patrick Abrial
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User Reviews

Proves that the French just do it better.
20 December 2003 | by (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

This movie is fantastic. It is simply an all action car chase romp set in the French city of Marseilles. The acting is highly convincing, the direction is fresh and modern and the film is easily the best car movie in years. Followed by two sequels, the film makers have kept the film very French without resorting to American-style CGI effects or bland super star actors. As a French speaker, I watched the film in its original language with subtitles in english incase I got lost. I would recommend watching the film in French to everyone, it's much better than the dubbed version. One of France's biggest films of the modern years, let's hope they keep the sequels rolling on!

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