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Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976)

Joe North is a cab driver in London, something that gives him many opportunities to have sex.

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Stanley A. Long (as Stanley Long)

Writers:

Suzanne Mercer (screenplay), Stanley A. Long (idea) (as Stanley Long)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Evans ... Joe
Judy Geeson ... Nikki
Adrienne Posta ... Carol
Diana Dors ... Mrs North
Liz Fraser ... Maisie
Jane Hayden Jane Hayden ... Linda
Ian Lavender ... Ronald
Stephen Lewis ... Doorman
Robert Lindsay ... Tom
Henry McGee Henry McGee ... Inspector Rogers
Angela Scoular ... Marion
Brian Wilde ... Harold
Marc Harrison Marc Harrison ... Peter
Graham Ashley Graham Ashley ... Gerry
Dave Carter ... Bill
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Joe North is a cab driver in London, something that gives him many opportunities to have sex.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Confesiones de un Taxi Driver See more »

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Salon Productions See more »
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Mono

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When Barry Evans' acting career declined in later life, he resorted to working as a local taxi driver to earn a living. See more »

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Featured in Sex in the 70s: Blue Movies (2005) See more »

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A Song for fhe Individual
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Written by Simon Park and Julian Roberts
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Mis-adventures of a culturally derelict time
23 June 2008 | by jaiboSee all my reviews

What is to be said in the favour of Adventures of a Taxi Driver? Very little, it's sad to say. The film gives new meaning to the term second hand: it's a rip-off of the Robin Askwith Confessions series of sex comedies, which themselves were already sub-Carry On crossed with continental saucy fare. Taxi Driver also mixes in elements of Alfie (the direct to camera narration of the Lothario protagonist), On the Buses (the bickering family arguments) and British B movies of the early 60s involving petty crime. This wholesale appropriation of other people's ideas might be acceptable if they were used here with any skill or aplomb; as it is, the film is tedious, plot less, poorly directed and almost aggressively unfunny. It's attitude to women is dismissive and offensive, and even the usually charming Barry Evans - who made the infantile and racist sitcom Mind Your Language palatable - is heavy handed and dislikeable here.

The few pluses include good comic turns from Adrienne Posta and Diana Dors, a winsome performance from Marc Harrison as Evans' thieving brother and the chance to see, briefly, Stephan Lewis doing Blakey as a strip-show doorman. There's also some intriguing footage of mid-70s Soho which might be of value to social historians.

I suppose that the film does capture a certain mood of cultural desperation which clearly reigned in the UK at the time. Evans' sexual shennanigans seem like the last resort of a man with nothing else to do; the sexual revolution has failed to make life interesting, as people are just as boorish and neurotic and dumb as they ever were. Whether this is a real reflection of the times or merely the projection of the filmmakers' own limited intelligence and wit is a matter of conjecture, although the huge box office success of the film suggests that it did offer the film-going population something they could respond to.

Although the film is about sexual adventures, the sex scenes themselves are as sexy as bromide, with not a single moment of chemistry between Evans (who was gay in reality) and the various women he disrobes.


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