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Chicago Cab (1997)

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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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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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Crazy Credits

for Holly Wantuch See more »

Connections

References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Cha Cha #69
Performed by Joey Altruda and His Cocktail Crew (as Joey Altruda and The Cocktail Crew)
Written by Joseph L. Altruda (as Joey Altruda)
Published by Josho Music / Careers BMG Publishing Co., Inc.
Courtesy of Will Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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indie
2 July 1999 | by chicklet-2See all my reviews

I have seen my share of independents. I love the standards like Clerks and of course Raising Arizona. I've also seen some of the fringes of independent films, though I am by no means an expert. However, I can say that this one ranks in the upper tiers of independent film stratification. It was highly enjoyable and often comedic while at the same time thought-provoking and meaningful on a real life level. Another enjoyable aspect of the movie is spotting the famous faces who turn up, like Laurie Metcalf, Michael Ironside, John Cusak, Gillian Anderson, and most impressively Julianne Moore. It is Moore's part that sparks the greatest conversation in the film examining the limits of human ability. I recommend this one to anyone in the mood for something a little off the beaten path but not so far you can't find your way back.


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