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


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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)


$138,497 (USA) (20 November 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just before filming was supposed to begin, director Gérard Pirès fell off a horse and needed to stay in hospital for a few weeks. During this time Gérard Krawczyk (who would later direct the sequels Taxi 2 (2000) and Taxi 3 (2003)) filled in on-set while Pirès watched the dailies at the end of each day to check on the progress of filming. See more »


The wing mirror on one of the Mercedes mysteriously reappears during the race through the streets after Daniel knocks it off at the start. 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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References The French Connection (1971) See more »


La Drague
by Akhenaton, La Cosca
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A great film all round!
5 December 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

In my opinion this is the one of the best mainstream French movies in a long while. I know that for many of us subtitled French movies are not regular choices. The film didn't break any UK/USA box office records (presumably as people were put of by its subtitles and french origins) which is a real shame. Well why should you give this one a try? Here goes...

The movie was written and produced by Luc Besson, director of such films as Leon (aka The Professional in the USA), The Fifth Element (with Bruce Willis), Kiss of the Dragon (with Jet Li and Bridget Fonda) and Nikita (aka La Femme Nikita in the USA).

The story follows Daniel, a moped pizza delivery guy who has worked to fulfill his dream of becoming a Marseilles taxi driver. He has tuned and tweaked his own taxi into something a little special... something a little out of the ordinary... I don't want to give the game away so I'll leave it there!

The film is a fast paced thrill ride that crosses the boundaries of action, comedy, romance, farce and buddy movie amongst many other genres. The characters are likeable, the humour is quick and snappy and the driving is fast and furious (some of the best chases seen on screen for a few years). After a short while you barely realise that you are reading the subtitles. The storyline may not be particularly original but it is well executed overall. The soundtrack is funky and fits in perfectly with the film.

It's not Shakespeare, but it never sets out to be Shakespeare. So if you are looking for a nicely shot film, suitable for just about anyone, give it a try.

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