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Taxi (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 October 2004 (USA)
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A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.

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Tim Story

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Luc Besson (earlier screenplay), Robert Ben Garant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Latifah ... Isabelle 'Belle' Williams
Jimmy Fallon ... Andrew 'Andy' Washburn
Henry Simmons ... Jesse
Jennifer Esposito ... Lt. Marta Robbins
Gisele Bündchen ... Vanessa
Ana Cristina de Oliveira ... Redhead
Ingrid Vandebosch ... Third Robber
Magali Amadei Magali Amadei ... Fourth Robber
Ann-Margret ... Mrs. Washburn
Christian Kane ... Agent Mullins
Boris McGiver ... Franklin
Adrian Martinez ... Brasilian Man
Joe Lisi ... Mr. Scalia
Bryna Weiss ... Mrs. Scalia
GQ ... Stopwatch Messenger
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Storyline

Belle Williams is a speed demon. Flying through the streets of New York in her tricked-out taxi, she's earned a rep as New York's fastest cabbie. But driving a hack is only a pit stop for her real dream: Belle wants to be a race car champion. And she's well on her way--until she's derailed by overeager cop Andy Washburn, whose undercover skills are matched only by his total ineptitude behind the wheel. Washburn, whose lack of vehicular skills has landed him in the precinct doghouse, is hot on the heels of a gang of beautiful Brazilian bank robbers, led by Vanessa, their cold, calculating--and leggy--leader. To nab the evasive crooks, drivers license-less Washburn convinces Belle to team up with him to pursue Vanessa and crew. Belle has carte blanche to drive at any speed and break any law. The car-less cop and speed-demon cabbie--New York's unlikeliest partners-- begin a high-speed game of cat and mouse with the robbers. That is, if Belle and Washburn don't end up killing each other ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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He's armed, but she's dangerous. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York Taxi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,029,832, 10 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,611,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,895,435
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Runtime:

| (extended)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ingrid Vandebosch, one of the female robbers in this film, is married to Jeff Gordon, who has an uncredited cameo in this film. See more »

Goofs

SPOILER. When the robbers get trapped on the freeway segment, one of the robbers fires at Belle, Washburn and the Lieutenant. Two of the rounds hit the cab's windshield and leave definite holes. Shortly thereafter, as Washburn is driving Belle to the hospital, the bullet holes in the windshield disappear and reappear depending on the shot. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Marta Robbins: You're fired. You're not on suspension. You're not on temporary leave. You're fired! Ms. Williams, I'm giving your license back with a warning. If I catch you driving that thing in this city again, it is mine. Andy, as a friend, I'm sorry.
Washburn: But, Lieutenant...
Lt. Marta Robbins: Andy, please! You left me no choice. Now give me your badge.
[Washburn hands over his badge scorched by Belle's boyfriend, Jesse]
Lt. Marta Robbins: What?
[exhales, then walks away]
Belle: Hey... wanna share a cab?
Washburn: [sadly] Yeah.
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Outtakes are shown during the closing credits See more »

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References Tarzan (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartburn
Written by Alicia Keys, Walter Worth Millsap, Erica Rose, Candice Nelson and Timbaland
Performed by Alicia Keys
Courtesy of J Records
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Lots of fun , laughs and car races
23 January 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A foul-mouthed cabbie called Belle (a humorous Queen Latifa) join forces with a botcher , bungler cop called Andy (a newcomer Jimmy Fallon). She's the fastest taxi-woman with a perfect boyfriend (Henry Simmons). He's a complete inept behind the car and under skirts his alcoholic mother (a sympathetic Anne-Margret). They pursue a band of gorgeous Brazilian models robbers of banks led by Vanessa (Gisele Bundchen, ex-girlfriend of Leonardo DeCaprio), an explosive and leggy gal. When they are on the heels of the gang , the crook girls drive a speed demon pursued by the taxi in a fast and furious car race .

The film displays action ,comedy , intrigue , tongue-in-cheek and results to be quite entertaining . There are chases galore with impressive velocities . Almost all shots in which you see the taxi or other cars in the street, or car stunts performed in the streets, were really filmed in Los Angeles, not New York . It's a run-of-the-mill action-comedy film because from the beginning to the final the fast movement and amusement is nonstop . The laughters and chuckles are varied and giggles are based about diverse characters and differences among protagonists , but they are unlikeliest pals . The film is exciting and humorous at times but is also ridiculous and embarrassing . However , sometimes is fresh and diverting and on a couple of memorable occasions is hilarious . Lively and atmospheric music adjusted to action by Christophe Beck and colorful cinematography by Burberry . The movie was lavishly produced by Luc Besson (producer of the French Taxi I,II ,III..). The motion picture was regularly directed by Tin Story , though Kevin Bray was originally set to direct, but dropped out . It's a fun ride that will appeal to Queen Lafitah fans and action-comedy buffs . Rating : Below average .


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