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There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character ... See full summary »

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Will Kern (play), Will Kern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dillon ... Cab Driver
Tim Gamble Tim Gamble ... Religious Father
Olivia Trevino Olivia Trevino ... 4-Year Old Girl
Moira Sinise ... Religious Mother (as Moira Harris)
Rana Khan Rana Khan ... Pakistani
Darryl Theirse ... X-Hat
Michael Ironside ... Al
Shanesia Davis Shanesia Davis ... Lawyer (as Shanesia Davis-Williams)
Laura Kellogg Sandberg Laura Kellogg Sandberg ... Bug-Eyed Woman
Phillip Edward Van Lear ... Father-to-Be (as Phillip Van Lear)
Ora Jones Ora Jones ... Pregnant Woman
Michael Shannon ... Crack Head
Shulie Cowen ... Stoner Girl
Andrew Rothenberg ... Homer
Tracy Letts ... Sports Fan
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There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character develops as the different people of Chicago come & go. His character shows through when he tells a woman the truth about one of the huys he has in his cab. One highlight of this is the amount of cameos by well known faces who seem to be doing this film for the craic. The cab driver reacts well to the madness surrounding him & you can almost share his tiredness at the end of the shift. Crackheads, stoners, posh randy lawyers, irate Pakistanis and the high & lows of the working day are dealt with in this low budget film. Written by Michael A Hunter <thewaas@yahoo.co.uk>

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Do you dare pay the fare?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellcab See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,485, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,485, 4 October 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original play, "Hellcab", opened in Chicago in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Cab Driver: Why does everything have to be so fucked up?!
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for Holly Wantuch See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Brainstorm
Performed by Critters Buggin
Featuring Stone Gossard on guitar and Brian Wood on vocals
Written by Matt Chamberlain, 'Brad Hauser', Skerik, Stone Gossard,
Brian Wood
Published by Chunky Nuggets, Enlightened Kitty Music, Skerik Music, Write Treatage Music,
Dennis Rodman Music
Courtesy of Loosegroove Records and Epic Records
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Caught me waaay off guard
8 December 2000 | by omega1See all my reviews

A friend and I picked this movie for our usual Crappy Movie Friday, It's called Hellcab, the back says something about unusual/mysterious passengers, so you can't miss, right?

Well, it happened. Sure, we had planned for it, but we'd more or less forgotten our plan. "What if," we had figured, "what if we rent a movie that we -mistake- for a crappy movie and it turns out to be good?" That situation came up. We watched the movie in relative silence (as opposed to our usual nonstop riffage) and in the end found we really liked it. It wasn't horror at all. It wasn't anywhere near crappy. What to do?

We still don't know. But what I know anyway was that I really enjoyed it. The Cab Driver is a great actor and his facial expressions speak volumes. Oh, and John Cusack is hilarious and very creepy as the Scary Guy. (Too bad his role is so brief!)

Check this one out! Don't mistake it for a horror flick! 8.5 out of 10 on My Personal Scale.


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