Taxi Driver (1976)

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A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.


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Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Paul Schrader

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2 November 1999 | TomC-5
10
| Scorsese's dark masterpiece of urban alienation
Despite what some might see as limited by technical flaws and/or as an overly simplistic plot, Taxi Driver deserves its critical reputation as a cinematic masterpiece. Some 23 years later, the existential plight of Travis Bickle, "God's lonely man," continues to pack a hard emotional punch. In fact, it's hard to know where to begin when praising the elements of this film - such elements as the dark location shots of a (now gone) seedy Times Square, the cinema verite settings of the cabbies and campaign workers, the magnificent Bernard Hermann score, Paul Schrader's fine script, the memorable performances of Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, and Peter Boyle all must be mentioned. However, the brilliance of this film is primarily a result of the brilliance of De Niro and Scorsese, one of the greatest actor-director teams in movie history. This is an unforgettable film and rates a 10 out of 10, in my estimation.

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Trivia

Travis has immense difficulty speaking to others and socializing, tends to see people in black and white terms, suffers from insomnia and mentions taking pills in addition to drinking a lot, tries to be charming but often comes across as vaguely creepy instead, has a frightening capacity for violence simmering just below the surface and he is heavily implied to be suicidal. It's been stated by psychologists that Travis likely suffers from Schizotypal personality disorder. That's in addition to the fact that he likely has some level of PTSD from his military service. The fact that he lies to his parents about his life also opens up the possibility of some issues there.


Quotes

Personnel Officer: Harry, answer that.
Personnel Officer: So whaddya want to hack for, Bickle?
Travis Bickle: I can't sleep nights.
Personnel Officer: There's porno theaters for that.
Travis Bickle: Yeah, I know. I tried that.
Personnel Officer: So what do you do now?
Travis Bickle: Well, I ride around nights mostly... subways, buses... I figure, you know, if I'm gonna do ...


Goofs

Obvious discontinuity when one drives says to another he should have advised the two guys he drove to go to California.


Crazy Credits

The original television version of the film featured the following disclaimer before the closing credits: "To our Television Audience: In the aftermath of violence, the distinction between hero and villain is sometimes a matter of interpretation or misinterpretation of facts. 'Taxi Driver' suggests that tragic errors can be made.- The Filmmakers."


Alternate Versions

Some TV prints mute all the profanity and severely edit the final shootout in the brothel. Also removed is a point-of-view shot as Travis aims an unloaded gun out an upper story window when he meets the gun dealer in the hotel room.


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The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
(uncredited)
Written by
Kris Kristofferson

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Genres

Crime | Drama

Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,458 19 February 1996

Gross USA:

$28,262,574

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,441,292

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