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The Purple Taxi (1977)

Un taxi mauve (original title)
With its mauve taxi, the old philosopher Dr. Seamus Scully runs around the small green roads of the south of Ireland, becoming confident of his patients, while trying to help them find their way.

Director:

Yves Boisset

Writers:

Anne Dutter (adaptation), Georges Dutter (French adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Sharon Frederick
Philippe Noiret ... Philippe Marcal
Peter Ustinov ... Taubelman
Fred Astaire ... Dr. Seamus Scully
Edward Albert ... Jerry Keen
Agostina Belli ... Anne Taubelman
Jack Watson ... Sean
Mairin D. O'Sullivan Mairin D. O'Sullivan ... Colleen
David Kelly ... Little Person
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Little Person
May Cluskey May Cluskey ... (as May Clusky)
Loan Do Huu Loan Do Huu ... Madame Li
Brendon Doyle Brendon Doyle
Michael Duffy Michael Duffy
Derek Lord
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With its mauve taxi, the old philosopher Dr. Seamus Scully runs around the small green roads of the south of Ireland, becoming confident of his patients, while trying to help them find their way.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Ireland | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purple Taxi See more »

Filming Locations:

Cong, County Mayo, Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The bar used in the movie is called the " Jack Lynch " . A replica was built at Ardmore Studios, and when future Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch visited the set, he posed for a photo beneath the sign with Fred Astaire and Charlotte Rampling. When filming was completed, studio chief Sheamus Smith gave him the sign as a gift. It ended up over the door of his holiday home in County Cork. See more »

Soundtracks

The Foggy Dew
(Irish Folk Song, uncredited)
Performed by Blanchardstown Brass Band
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A lost masterpiece
26 July 2001 | by das-7See all my reviews

I have seen this remarkable film only once, at a film festival in Edmonton Canada in 1978 or 1979 -- and most people haven't heard of it. In fact, until IMDB came along, I wasn't even able to persuade skeptical friends that this movie had ever been made. It's a mystery to me why this masterpiece has never been resurrected. The international cast features each and every player at their best. Set in the wild coast of western Ireland, the stories within the film are beautifully constructed and melded. It is an absolute treat to see Peter Ustinov, Charlotte Rampling, Fred Astaire, Philippe Noiret giving first-class performances all in the same film. Rampling is particularly good, and the scenes with Ustinov and Noiret crackle with finely-played lines. I've never heard of this on video or DVD and I don't even know if a decent print exists. If you ever come across it, you must see it -- this is a richly rewarding work.


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