MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 137 this week

Taxi (I) (1998)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 55,479 users  
Reviews: 109 user | 32 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

Blu-ray Review – Taxi (1998)
| Flickeringmyth
‘Taxi’ Blu-ray Review
| Blogomatic3000
No "Lucy" Sequel On The Way... For Now
| Dark Horizons

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 10 Jun 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 17 Sep 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 08 Nov 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 3 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Taxi" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Taxi (1998)

Taxi (1998) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Taxi.

User Polls

3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Taxi 2 (2000)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Police inspector Emilien and his taxi-driver pal Daniel are back, this time on the tail of a group of Japanese yakuza.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Emma Wiklund
Taxi I (2004)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.

Director: Tim Story
Stars: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen
Taxi 3 (2003)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy
Taxi 4 (2007)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Unlucky, clumsy, charming Marseile PD detective Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec must assist worse-then-Clouseau commissioner Gibert guarding a Belgian criminal reputed as dangerous as - and caged ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy
Wasabi (2001)
Action | Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller
District B13 (2004)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gravity or Police, these guys don't believe in any law. Idolised by the youth of Paris as much as they're hated by the police, they are the Yamakasis, modern samurais. With acrobatic ... See full summary »

Directors: Ariel Zeitoun, Julien Seri
Stars: Châu Belle Dinh, Williams Belle, Malik Diouf
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.

Director: Patrick Alessandrin
Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Philippe Torreton
Taxi (1978–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

It's been six months since Rachel Siprien disappeared. At the request of Rachel's mother, private detective François takes over the investigation. The young woman, with a complex and ... See full summary »

Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Marion Cotillard, Samuel Le Bihan
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In the winter of 1797-98, the troops of Napoleon and their revolutionary allies in the Pays de Vaud occupy the latter and begin preparations for a military offensive which will hasten the ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Reusser
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Yann Trégouët, François Marthouret
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Victim of a terrible accident, overnight the young Camille Balaise finds himself in another world; that of rehabilitation. His life till now no longer counts, what is to become of him he ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Lévy
Stars: Samuel Jouy, Marion Cotillard, Albert Dupontel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Frédéric Diefenthal ...
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec
...
Manuela Gourary ...
Camille Coutant-Kerbalec
Emma Wiklund ...
Petra (as Emma Sjöberg)
...
Georges Neri ...
Joe
Guy Quang ...
Pizza Joe Motorcyclist
Maurice Murcia ...
Pensioned Taxi Driver
Sabine Bail ...
Femme Préfecture
Dan Herzberg ...
Paulo
Sébastien Thiery ...
Eric Bérenger ...
Butcher (as Eric Berenger)
Philippe du Janerand ...
Passenger to Airport
Christophe Fesquet ...
Flic Radar #1
Edit

Storyline

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 <cyril@ceci.mit.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Taksi  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£45,337 (UK) (26 November 1999)

Gross:

£45,337 (UK) (26 November 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Luc Besson wrote the script in 30 days while waiting for Columbia Pictures to commit to the production go-ahead for The Fifth Element (1997). See more »

Goofs

Before the first robbery, when the 'military specialist' in Emilien's car racks the charging handle on his rifle, the charging handle locks into its rear position instead of sliding forward. This means he had an empty magazine in the gun. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Morales: C'est parti!
See more »


Soundtracks

Ramble
by R. Rodriguez
Performed by Studio Patrick Abrial
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Nice French action comedy
3 May 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Written by Luc Besson (director of 'Léon' and 'The Fifth Element') this French film is funnier and with better action than most American blockbusters. It tells the story of Daniel (Samy Naceri) who starts as a taxi driver. He is an excellent driver but he never rides by the rules. With the police his taxi is famous, although they have never caught him or even seen a license plate. One day Daniel takes a woman Camille (Manuela Gourary) to her home and she says she will keep his card to call again. She does when her son Émilien (Frédéric Diefenthal) needs a ride. Daniel, who thinks Émilien works with IBM, of course disobeys all the rules and at the end of the ride Émilien reveals his true identity.

Fortunately for Daniel the police has some trouble with a Mercedes-gang. Bank robbers who even inform the police before they rob a bank, with a Mercedes as the getaway car. Since Daniel knows much of cars he can help Émilien solve the case and keep his drivers license. Émilien desperately wants to solve this case because he wants to impress Petra (Emma Sjöberg), the girl he is in love with but always looks down on him. Daniel agrees since his driving is his life. He has to miss a lot of quality time with his girlfriend Lilly (Marion Cotillard) for this.

I agree with you if you say the story sounds familiar. That part is not very original although it has some original touches. Daniel, for example, was a pizza delivery boy before he started his job as a taxi driver and the early scenes that deal with this fact are a lot of fun to watch. But the story is not what 'Taxi' is about. It is about funny moments and some good action. I have to admit there are plenty of funny moments, every scene between Daniel and Lilly is terrific, the action looks good and the cinematography for this kind of movie is perfect. Although the character of Daniel can get on your nerves, a little too much of a wise guy, Samy Naceri does a nice job portraying him.

In the end I enjoyed this movie very much. The clichés and simple choices sometimes (the bad guy grabs his gun the minute Émilien reveals himself as a police officer who wants to ask some questions) can not spoil the fun the movie has, and therefore the audience. Don't expect a 'Lethal Weapon' but it is not that far from it.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Soundtrack to Taxi. frk_dybdal
ONLY FOR PETROLHEADS! great film, but dissapointing for a car enthusiast mureshanaugustin
When comes TAXI 4 ? f-b-1
Sami Naceri is the image of Adam Sandler!! paddyb180285
music help??? Footbalidenty
English Subtitles? mikepreocanin
Discuss Taxi (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?