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Taxi Driver (1976)

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A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Concession Girl (as Diahnne Abbot)
Frank Adu ... Angry Black Policeman
... Melio (as Vic Argo)
Gino Ardito ... Policeman At Rally
Garth Avery ... Iris' Friend
... Wizard
... Tom
Harry Cohn ... Cabbie In Bellmore
Copper Cunningham ... Hooker In Cab
... Travis Bickle (as Robert DeNiro)
Brenda Dickson ... Soap Opera Woman
Harry Fischler ... Dispatcher
... Iris
... Stick-Up Man
... Charles Palantine
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Storyline

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. Written by Huggo

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He's a lonely forgotten man desperate to prove that he's alive. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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8 February 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Taksikuski  »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,262,574, 31 December 1996
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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The writer David Sherwin briefly lived in Los Angeles during the spring of 1975 working on an unmade Robin Hood picture with Jon Voight. During that time , he was looking to change representatives and met with Harry Ufland, Martin Scorsese's agent. Scorsese wanted Sherwin to work on a new musical he was planning about Byron and Shelley with De Niro starring. Ufland told Sherwin that Scorsese was a huge fan of his work , and that he had named Robert De Niro's character in " Taxi Driver " after Sherwin's protagonist in the Lindsay Anderson classics "If" and " O Lucky Man". Mick Travis played by Malcolm McDowell. See more »

Goofs

When Travis meets with Betsy the first time at the Palantine office, an overhead shot shows him beginning to sweep his arm through the air above the desk. In the next shot, from the front, his arms are in a different position. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a telephone rings loudly]
Personnel Officer: [to the dispatcher] Harry, answer that.
[to Travis]
Personnel Officer: So whaddya want to hack for, Bickle?
Travis Bickle: I can't sleep nights.
Personnel Officer: There's porno theaters for that.
Travis Bickle: Yeah, I know. I tried that.
Personnel Officer: So what do you do now?
Travis Bickle: Well, I ride around nights mostly... subways, buses... I figure, you know, if I'm gonna do that I might as well get paid for it.
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Ling Ting Tong
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Written by Mabel Godwin
Performed by Otis Williams and the Charms
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Live it and lose it
15 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Scorsese's best. Not too many hyper-critical reviews of this film have anything near as intelligent to say about what the director and the screenwriter had in mind when they created this American gem.

To those people that have seen it and thought it was "slow" or the pacing was sub par, they don't know what they're talking about; "Taxi Driver" is about the gradual and eventual take-over of insanity, and not about violence, action-shoot-'em-up 'slash' car chase... or whatever they expected from it. The modern audience today is expecting everything--comedy, drama, unbearable suspense, spfx--all rolled-up into one-stop entertainment... and no, I'm not anybody's grandfather, or here to tell you that movies were great in my day, but, viewers, lighten up already.

De Niro, and the rest of the cast, do a serviceable job in this micro-cosmic window into the life of Travis Bickle--a Vietnam vet--who, true, writes mind-numbing entries in his diary, leads a, for the most part, dull existance as a cabbie, and strikes out with a female political campaigner who, after Travis becomes a hero, discovers she is indeed attracted to unstable, sometimes violent chauffeurs.

The rest of this movie's story is for the less initiated viewer; decide whether you've truly become desensitized to sexual and violent content in today's films... Ah, forget it! You have to have lived at least some of which goes on in "Taxi Driver," or you've just been plain lucky in this life so far.


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