Taxi Driver (1976)

 


 

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A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process. Full summary »

Genre: Drama,Thriller

Taxi Driver (1976)
   
Release Date: 8 February 1976 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast:
  • Robert De Niro
  • Jodie Foster
  • Cybill Shepherd
  • Harvey Keitel
  • Leonard Harris
  • Peter Boyle
  • Albert Brooks
  • Diahnne Abbott
  • Frank Adu
  • Gino Ardito
  • Victor Argo
  • Garth Avery
  • Harry Cohn
  • Copper Cunningham
  • Brenda Dickson


33 Responses to Taxi Driver (1976)

  1. antoniodiaz
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    especially with the mohawk

  2. skouba18-1
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    Not even sure why this movie is on the top 250 let alone # 39. It was boring and drawn out the only good thing about the movie was Robert De niro acting. EPIC FAIL

    What about me?

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  3. hulk8747
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    Throughout the film, they play one peice of music. I don’t even need to explain because if you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly what i’m talking about. It’s not a critcizm or anything, it just got a little annoying. Granted, it did set the moon for any scene it was played it, but i’m just saying. I mean it wasn’t as annoying as the 2 Simon and Garfunkel songs they kept playing over and over and over again in the Graduate (not a criticizm either) but i’m just saying.

  4. queen_g_shine
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    i just finished watching this…thing. i paused it several times so i can get my M&M’s and coke (or probably because it was so damn uninteresting).

    bottomline: NOTHING happened. a taxi driver…meets a girl…and…yeah. there is NO ACTION, no storyline, nothing. there were MINUTES when the camera focused on travis without anything happening. "let’s look at travis"-moments.

    fortunately i was well-rested and i didn’t fall asleep. only reason.

    i am so angry this is in top250 how is this possible?

    scarface is on #one hundred something and this is #39?!?

    oh my god.

    i won’t sound childish and say it’s the worst movie ever but it qualifies for top10. and if some1 here likes it i would like him/her to share 3 reasons with me. thanks.

  5. roegcamel
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    TAXI DRIVER is one of the most highly acclaimed films of the 70s and it has inspired more rip-offs than PULP FICTION. In other words, if you didn’t care for it, you’re on the outside looking in… and those of us who are "in" don’t want you here.

  6. mensahcarrelle
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    "The idea had been growing in my brain for some time: TRUE force. All the king’s men cannot put it back together again."

    I don’t know.Maybe it’s because of the way he says it.

    Love is a like a flu : you catch it up in the street and it ends up in bed

  7. mensahcarrelle
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    GOOD PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN

    BAD PEOPLE GO TO FRANCE

  8. Stupid_Young_Fellow
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    When Travis shoots the hold-up man the storekeeper takes Travis’ gun and tells him to leave. Then he very deliberately takes out a stick and begins methodicaly beating the dead robber’s corpse… Why? It didn’t look like he was doing it out of rage… Wouldn’t it look a lot worse for him with the law if the body was beaten after death as well as being shot?

    My username can be referenced by posters too simple to come up with intelligent replies.

  9. heavymetalzombie
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    Reading Taxi Driver on wikipedia’s page it states that a sequel has been in talks for a number of years now. How true is this? its wikipedia so this will be more than likely nonsense but im just checking. if there is any truth to that im not sure how i feel about a sequel. this movie is my favourite of all time and the story is left open to Travis continuing to do a violent act in the future so it could be interesting to do.

    Fulci Lives!

  10. Retinend
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    Anyone else think that Bickle is essentially a working-class, adult Holden Caulfield? They have virtually the same unhealthy philosophy of blind idealism, both are New York residents, both believe they are destined for important things, and both have a very hard time connecting with other people, despite their best efforts. Both feel incredibly isolated.

  11. somers001
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    I’m the type of person who, when I see something in a movie, i like to pride myself with knowing, or being pretty close to knowing how they made that effect. But this one just gets me. In the end shootout, how did they make the effects of the gunwounds to the face and kneck? I mean how is that possible without special effects? I know you can put a squib under a shirt and voila but I just can’t fathom how they did it to the face! Is it possible to put a squib there? Under some type of make up? Do they make squibs that small that they could fit it under a thin layer of makeup? And wouldnt that be painful to the actor? It’s driving me crazy. I love the end shootout in this film, and the entire film for that matter but I simply can’t watch it in piece without knowing how they did that. Thank you.

  12. mphsss
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    …this should have stayed in the top 50.

  13. southpark6
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    Lol im 15 and i love this movie! and how old were you when your first saw it?

    God-damned Mongorians Tuong-Lu Kim (south park)

  14. will_752
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    did any one else pick up on this?



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PaHcZUHI00

  15. Joe_Garelli
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    In the 1970’s Travis was upset because he was a Vietnam veteran and he did not like all of the crime and corruption that he saw in New York City, this was the worst period in NYC in terms of crime too.

    How well would Travis do today in New York City? in the cleaned up media frenzied New York that only cares about money, the disneyized NYC that is glitzy without much crime anymore, and then Travis would have access to the Internet and would be able to find other lonely people just like him and worse and make friends with them, many might even live in New York City too.

    But i just think Travis would have been better off in 2010, he wouldnt be as lonely with computer access and wouldnt be disgusted by the filth and scum because the city has been cleaned up over the years, he might be disgusted by the way that Wall Street has become, and how the city only cares about money and sex and is basically a media circus.

    It would be interesting to see Travis Bickle in a remake set in current times, with access to a cell phone and a computer, and instead of him being a Vietnam vet make him into a Iraq War veteran or Afghanistan War veteran that has been screwed up in the head fighting there.

    Then the movie follows him around in the modern New York City and we see how he reacts to life in the cleaned up New York, maybe he would get pissed off at wall street and go on a shooting spree there, or go after drug dealers or the mafia and end up looking like a hero, it would be interesting to see if Travis could get away with the shooting spree in this day and age, to see if the media would view him as a hero or not because he killed some pretty violent criminals even though he was not much better than they are himself.

  16. Vice2006
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    …brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Knowshon
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    This post was deleted because it had to get organizzed.

  18. Jacknife-Megs
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    1-Taxi Driver 1976

    2-Citizen Cane 1941

    3-Raging Bull 1980

    4-Cool Hand Luke 1967

    5-On The Waterfront 1954

    6-Casino 1995

    7-The Sting 1973

    8-The Hustler 1961

    9-12 Angry Men 1957

    10-Dog Day Afternoon 1975

    Yours?

  19. tiptopkid
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    If he’s so depressed & troubled, how come we never see him weep??

  20. AldoRaine78
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    I read that before making this film, De Niro studied mental illness to allow him to better understand the character he was about to portray. I’ve often wondered whilst watching this film what the exact nature of Travis’s illness is? Obviously he is lonely and has difficulty relating to people but for the majority of the film he seems to be reasonably normal and able to function in everyday life albeit being a bit out of touch with reality. Even when he turns to Wizard for advice it doesn’t ring any major alarm bells. I would somehow imagine a person who is capable of the things Travis does as being a lot more bizarre and irrational.

    Does anybody actually know the definition of the illness he suffers from? Do you think that this film might have been even better if De Niro had played the part a little more "crazy" rather than with the subtle approach? I am not critizing the film as it stands in any way as it’s one of my favorite films but I am just interested in peoples opinions.

    "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets."

  21. Vice2006
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    I do.

  22. Sir_Alfred
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    One thing that annoys me is why the 3rd guy (with the glasses) shoots Travis in the arm from point blank range.

    Travis is clearly on the rampage;

    1. several shots have been fired that have killed Keitel at the bottom of the stairs

    2. the other guy has had half his hand blown off and is shouting out "I’ll kill you, I’ll kill you!"

    3. Travis has a wound and blood puring from his neck.

    You wouldn’t just shoot him in the arm if you were that guy!

    Also;

    1. why is some of the scene on the stairs shot in slow motion?

    2. when Travis goes to finish off Sport, the guy with half a hand left isn’t moving or making any noise at all! It just looks very odd.

    …….

    "Ray, when someone asks if you’re a God, you say "YES"!

  23. Jonathan_Ingram
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    I would never go to a porno theater that only served RC Cola!

  24. drivingaway23
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    For killing 3 guys? Or did I miss something?

  25. Joe_Garelli
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    I watched Bringing Out The Dead (1999) starring Nicolas Cage as Frank Pierce a burned out ambulance driver working the graveyard shift in New York City and it is very good, a man that is a loner that has been driven to the brink of insanity caused by insomia, depression, burnout and fatigue, all of his partners are nuts.

    John Goodman plays his food obsessed partner that talks to much, Tom Sizemore plays his violence loving partner that likes to hurt people, and Ving Rhames plays the partner that is a Born Again Christian that loves Jesus Christ and revives an overdosed junkie in the Name of Jesus in a very funny scene, that was awesome too lol, he also falls in love with the daughter of man he tries to save named Mary Burke.

    But Martin Scorscese also directs this film and it is very good and well done, based on a book of the same name, this film is about a man that cannot take it anymore but that does not resort to violence at all either, he just finds his peace by saving peoples lives and trying to help people which he does by delivering a baby, saving the life of a drug dealer that gets impaled through a fence after jumping off of a balcony,etc, but he is still haunted by the death of a woman named Rose that he could not save six months before.

    This movie is about a medic that is good at his job but is stressed out and doesnt know what to do anymore, a man with no wife or support group to go home to, his partners are all nuts and hes divorced so hes isolated and alone, the movie is great and has many funny scenes, Nicolas Cage delivers a great performance here and is the opposite of Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle who responds with violence and rage, although Frank probably is capable of violence but he doesnt engage in it.

  26. TakeALookAtMyID
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    American Film Institute put Travis at number 30 on their 100 Years… 100 Villains list. I just don’t agree. Sure, he tried to kill Charles Palantine, but Palantine was never a main concern for the audience anyway. If Palantine was actually a protagonist, and Travis tried to kill him, I would consider him a villain. I would personally consider him a hero for caring so much about Iris to go to such extremes to get her out of prostitution and to give her a normal life. The people he killed were the villains. What do you folks think?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SraSQ59N40

  27. mike_hankinson
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    i know theyre both amazing actors but who’s best in your eyes, personally it would be kietel

  28. dentyscfc
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    I’m a big De Niro fan and have always wanted to watch this film but have been put off by the supposed violence in it. On a scale of 1-10, how violent is this film? Can you compare it to another well-known film in terms of the amount of violence in it? Thanks.

  29. jblackie47803
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    In the scene where Travis breaks up bread into a bowl and then pours something over it out of a half-pint bottle, what was that? Was it whiskey?

  30. Stupid_Young_Fellow
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    Think Travis dies in the shootout? Think the end was his dying hallucination? ZINNNGGG! That’s the sound of Taxi Driver flying about a foot right over your head. Sorry, but your filmic interpretive skills have been destroyed by M. Night Shyalaman movies and old re-runs of the ‘Who Shot JR?’ season of Dallas. You are conditioned to expect ‘surprising twists’ at the end of your entertainment.

    The point of the story is to show how American society is so totally messed up that not only does it create an alienated, disturbed man like Travis, it ALSO rewards him and embraces him when he finally does snap and commit violence.

    Look at the time in New York’s history when Taxi Driver was made. Muggers ran rampant in the streets, crime was at an alltime high. Movies like Death Wish were giving innocent potential crime victims a chance to experience vicarious thrills at the stories of men who would not take it any more. Find it hard to believe Travis didn’t do any time? Look up Bernhard Goetz. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Goetz His incident of violence was far more morally questionable than Travis’s killing of the pimps and Goetz actually wound up running for Mayor of New York in 2001!

    All through American history, we have made killers into heroes. Travis just fits neatly into that category. His victims were scum, he saved an underage girl from sexual slavery. Never mind his psychology. Nobody knew he was planning to kill Palantine. The Secret Service never got a photo. The media and the public got hold of his story and made him a hero.

    If Travis was dreaming at the end, what would the significance of that buzzing noise and his adjustment of the rearview mirror be?

    An "It was a dream" ending would render the story gimmicky and stupid. You dream theorists are totally missing the point of this great movie.

    My username can be referenced by posters too simple to come up with intelligent replies.

  31. Mark-85-LA
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    He callin’ you names. He called you a little piece of chicken.

    This is a ’70s porno. You know how I can tell? Because the guy’s dick has sideburns

  32. gizmomogwai
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    …when the lunatic was suddenly hailed as a hero. How was he not in jail? Did they just want a happy ending?

  33. Anonymous
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