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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 Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch Me
Performed by Superette
Written by Dave Mulcahy (as David Mulcahy) / Greta Anderson / Ben Howe
Published by Australian Mushroom Music and Bob-A-Lew Songs
Courtesy of Flying Nun Records
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A surprising little low-budget film
3 November 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I saw this listed in my TV guide and didn't think much of it - but then I looked it up on IMDb to discover that John Cusack and Julianne Moore, amongst others, had cameos in it - so I watched it.

I was surprised because the IMDb rating is deceptive - it's actually pretty good. A bit flawed, yes, and the lead actor (who plays a cabbie traveling the city at night) could have employed a less cheesy NYC accent, but otherwise I was entertained. The overall tone of the movie is more pessimistic than I would have imagined; the ending is bittersweet and surprising.

Cusack's cameo is the best, as a secret service agent-type who is taking a ride in the cab in an effort to spy on someone. It's worth watching for his scene alone.


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