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Taxi (1998)

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director:

Gérard Pirès

Writer:

Luc Besson (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samy Naceri ... Daniel Morales
Frédéric Diefenthal ... Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec
Marion Cotillard ... Lilly Bertineau
Manuela Gourary Manuela Gourary ... Camille Coutant-Kerbalec
Emma Wiklund Emma Wiklund ... Petra (as Emma Sjöberg)
Bernard Farcy ... Commissaire Gibert
Georges Neri Georges Neri ... Joe
Guy Quang Guy Quang ... Pizza Joe Motorcyclist
Maurice Murcia Maurice Murcia ... Pensioned Taxi Driver
Sabine Bail Sabine Bail ... Femme Préfecture
Dan Herzberg Dan Herzberg ... Paulo
Sébastien Thiery Sébastien Thiery ... Driving Instructor
Eric Bérenger Eric Bérenger ... Butcher (as Eric Berenger)
Philippe du Janerand ... Passenger to Airport
Christophe Fesquet Christophe Fesquet ... Flic Radar #1
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Storyline

In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can't drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn't lose his license and his dream job. Written by Cyril Morcrette <cyril@ceci.mit.edu>

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German | Korean | Portuguese

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taksi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,688, 13 November 1998

Gross USA:

$268,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,486,269
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Luc Besson wrote the script in 30 days while waiting for Columbia Pictures to commit to the production go-ahead for The Fifth Element (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Émilien puts the police light on top of the car, the camera and the cameraman are reflecting in it. See more »

Quotes

Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: [after shooting against bandits that flee the warehouse] I'M OUT OF AMMO!
Daniel Morales: Who cares? Look at the room! There's no one here.
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: Oh my, they're gone!
Daniel Morales: 'Oh my, they're gone!' Let me ask you a question: Do your interrogations always end up like this, or are you just trying to impress me?
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: But no! I usually get to ask at least one question.
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Followed by Taxi 4 (2007) See more »

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Le Défi
by Akhenaton, La Cosca
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A great film all round!
5 December 2002 | by chalkoutlineSee all my reviews

In my opinion this is the one of the best mainstream French movies in a long while. I know that for many of us subtitled French movies are not regular choices. The film didn't break any UK/USA box office records (presumably as people were put of by its subtitles and french origins) which is a real shame. Well why should you give this one a try? Here goes...

The movie was written and produced by Luc Besson, director of such films as Leon (aka The Professional in the USA), The Fifth Element (with Bruce Willis), Kiss of the Dragon (with Jet Li and Bridget Fonda) and Nikita (aka La Femme Nikita in the USA).

The story follows Daniel, a moped pizza delivery guy who has worked to fulfill his dream of becoming a Marseilles taxi driver. He has tuned and tweaked his own taxi into something a little special... something a little out of the ordinary... I don't want to give the game away so I'll leave it there!

The film is a fast paced thrill ride that crosses the boundaries of action, comedy, romance, farce and buddy movie amongst many other genres. The characters are likeable, the humour is quick and snappy and the driving is fast and furious (some of the best chases seen on screen for a few years). After a short while you barely realise that you are reading the subtitles. The storyline may not be particularly original but it is well executed overall. The soundtrack is funky and fits in perfectly with the film.

It's not Shakespeare, but it never sets out to be Shakespeare. So if you are looking for a nicely shot film, suitable for just about anyone, give it a try.


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