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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 by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

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Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diahnne Abbott ... Concession Girl (as Diahnne Abbot)
Frank Adu Frank Adu ... Angry Black Policeman
Victor Argo ... Melio (as Vic Argo)
Gino Ardito Gino Ardito ... Policeman At Rally
Garth Avery Garth Avery ... Iris' Friend
Peter Boyle ... Wizard
Albert Brooks ... Tom
Harry Cohn Harry Cohn ... Cabbie In Bellmore
Copper Cunningham Copper Cunningham ... Hooker In Cab
Robert De Niro ... Travis Bickle (as Robert DeNiro)
Brenda Dickson Brenda Dickson ... Soap Opera Woman
Harry Fischler Harry Fischler ... Dispatcher
Jodie Foster ... Iris
Nat Grant ... Stick-Up Man
Leonard Harris ... 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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On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taksikuski See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,262,574
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (re-release)| Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the diner scene, 12-year-old Iris adds sugar to her toast which is already covered with jelly. Some viewers interpret this character trait as Iris still being a kid at heart however this was not the intention. The other hooker that Iris follows around in the film was an actual prostitute whom Jodie Foster shadowed to prepare for her role. The prostitute was a heroin user and also snorted cocaine throughout the day in order to stay awake for long periods of time to do her job, eventually becoming an addict. One way in which she would quell her heroin addiction was adding extra sugar to her meals. This would also yield an energy kick similar to cocaine. Jodie, being a very young but very observant and intuitive young actress, incorporated this character trait into the scene. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in a storefront window, in a drive-by shot of the campaign headquarters. 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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Connections

Referenced in Wise Guys (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Ling Ting Tong
(uncredited)
Written by Mabel Godwin
Performed by Otis Williams and the Charms
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A story about a lonely man
16 May 2004 | by david_viguesSee all my reviews

Taxi Driver is one of the best films ever made. This is one of those films that you do not get tired of seeing and every time you watch it you realize a little detail that you have not seen before. Excellent actors, a good director, an impressive soundtrack and a real story are the main appeals of this film.

This film is about loneliness, about the isolation of a man in a society full of scum. His objective is to finish with the scum of the streets. The story uses a taxi driver as a metaphor of loneliness and it has some kind of irony because we can see that a city which is full of people can be the most lonely place for a man. The long nights in the city, the night environment full of whores, junkies, pimps and thieves are the main elements of the world in which Travis Bickle lives. Travis is an misunderstood guy who is seeking desperately for some kind of company because as he says 'loneliness has followed me all my life, everywhere' but at the same time he seems not to do anything to avoid his situation and it is seen when he goes with Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) to a porn cinema. At the end of the film the character makes real his most violent fantasies, with a look of certain soldiers from Vietnam, and he behaves like this because of his loneliness, his alienation and because he does not find any sense to his life. The violent behaviour becomes Travis into a hero, although he had killed many people and he could do it again. Although he acts with an extreme violence the spectator understand him and the reasons why he acts that way. The soundtrack of the film, which is composed by Bernard Herrmann, inspires some kind of loneliness and sometimes it is absolutely terrifying like in a horror film. This music and the slow camera showing the streets help to introduce the spectator into the world of Travis, to know what he is thinking about.

In general I cannot say any negative aspect of this film because I have not found anything bad. Although it is a film of the 70s it is not an old-fashioned movie because the essence of the story, the reality that is shown on it, can be perfectly referred to the current society. This film has the privilege of having made famous the sentence ‘You talking' to me? You talking' to me?' which will remain in the history of cinema. This is an authentic masterpiece.


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