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Taxi 3 (2003)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric Diefenthal ...
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec
Emma Wiklund ...
Petra (as Emma Sjöberg)
Edouard Montoute ...
Léon-Pierre Mondini ...
Bernard Llopis ...
Jean-Louis Schlesser ...
Jean-Pierre Mas ...
Michel Neugarten ...
Patrice Abbou ...
Claude Sesé ...


A gang of thieves calling themselves the Santa Claus Gang are wreaking havoc, and the police can't keep up. Police Captain Gilbert is distracted by a Chinese reporter writing a story on his squad, detective Emilien's wife has just announced that she's pregnant, and taxi driver Daniel is in the midst of a relationship crisis. After a string of mistakes in which the thieves outsmart the police time and time again with a reporter there to record it all, Daniel and his super-taxi pitch in. Written by

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Release Date:

29 January 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Taksi 3  »

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€14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,440,029 (France) (31 January 2003)


$1,777,719 (Japan) (30 May 2003)

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Did You Know?


The names appearing on the alpine skiing scoreboard are names of members of the crew. See more »


When Daniel and Emilien arrive in Val d'Isere there's a shot of them inside the car. You can see a crew member with a boom mic moving around through the rear window. See more »


Emilien: Do you know how to ski?
Daniel: No, I know how to drive.
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The type of comedy I would like Hollywood to do
13 September 2003 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

The TAXI series (this is obviously the third installment) are highly successful French movies which for mysterious reasons are never distributed in USA (or at least in Miami).

Created and produced by the legendary and admired (ex-director) Luc Besson (you remember him from masterpieces like The Professional, La Femme Nikita, The Big Blue or The Fifth Element) he managed to create a mix of action and comedy, with some of ingenuous gags, some adults jokes and plenty of action (mostly car stunts) and very mild violence and overall VERY HUMAN.

TAXI 3 tracks Emilien's (the police officer) obsession to catch a gang disguised as Santa Claus with the help of Daniel (the nuts taxi driver) both trying to overcome their conjugal issues and the pregnancy of their wives. The story is very simple (as is the movie short), so everything rest on the characters (some of them very funny and some not so) and on the impressive stunts which are really very good and a lot more realistic than the computer generated car chases of Bad Boys II.

As I said before, it is really a pity this funny movies get no distribution here. Of course Hollywood can make things like this. Technically better probably but without the natural grace and believability of this very sympathetic group of actors.

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