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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

Writers:

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

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. See more »

Goofs

Washburn opens the valve on a tank of Nitrous Oxide, saying that they can't fire at them because the "flammable" gas will explode. Nitrous Oxide is not flammable but it is an oxidizer. If you lit a match in a room full of N2O the flame would glow brighter than usual but there would be no explosion. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Marta Robbins: On the floor, now!
Vanessa: In this skirt? I don't think so.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the closing credits See more »


Soundtracks

Hands Up
Written by Will.i.am (as Will Adams), Allan Pineda, Jaime Gomez, George Pajon Jr.,
Jean Baptiste, Mike Fratantuno and Billy May
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
(contains a sample of "Bo Mambo"
Written by Billy May
Performed by Yma Sumoc
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music).
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Weak remake of 3 classics
11 October 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is the American version of the French Taxi films and it suffers in comparison.

I'm not kidding when I say that this a remake of the three French films since although the film is mainly a poor remake of the the first film, it lifts sequences from the second and third films.

Its a mess, a real mess. I'm a huge huge fan of the French films, and for me there was no real point in my seeing this since anything that worked came from the originals.

Why did they bother? They changed the sex of the lead (though the Queen is excellent), combined others and rewrote the cops mother to the point of stupidness. They lost any sense of timing and connection...they should have started from the ground up.

Its not the painfully awful film that some reviews made it out to be, but it is a waste of time. If you can find the originals and watch those. That should take you the better part of 5 hours and in the end you will not feel as though you've wasted your life.

3 out of 10.


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