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        Taxi Driver (1976)

        IIB | | Crime, Drama | 12 May 1977 (Hong Kong)
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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.


        Martin Scorsese


        Paul Schrader
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        Top Rated Movies #105 | Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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        Cast overview, first billed only:
        Diahnne Abbott ... Concession Girl (as Diahnne Abbot)
        Robinson Frank Adu Robinson Frank Adu ... Angry Black Man (as Frank Adu)
        Victor Argo ... Melio (as Vic Argo)
        Gino Ardito Gino Ardito ... Policeman at Rally
        Garth Avery Garth Avery ... Iris' Friend
        Peter Boyle ... Wizard
        Albert Brooks ... Tom
        Harry Cohn Harry Cohn ... Cabbie in Bellmore
        Copper Cunningham Copper Cunningham ... Hooker in Cab
        Robert De Niro ... Travis Bickle (as Robert DeNiro)
        Brenda Dickson Brenda Dickson ... Soap Opera Woman
        Harry Fischler Harry Fischler ... Dispatcher
        Jodie Foster ... Iris
        Nat Grant ... Stick-Up Man
        Leonard Harris ... Charles Palantine


        Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. Written by Huggo

        Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


        He's a lonely forgotten man desperate to prove that he's alive. See more »


        Crime | Drama


        IIB | See all certifications »

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        English | Spanish

        Release Date:

        12 May 1977 (Hong Kong) See more »

        Also Known As:

        Taksikuski See more »


        Box Office


        $1,300,000 (estimated)

        Opening Weekend USA:

        $116,458, 19 February 1996

        Gross USA:


        Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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        Technical Specs


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        Sound Mix:

        Dolby SR (re-release)| Stereo


        Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

        Aspect Ratio:

        1.85 : 1
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        Did You Know?


        Robert De Niro claimed that the final shoot-out scene took particularly long, because of both technical problems, and the humor which arose from the tension created by the carnage in the scene. See more »


        In the panning shot where Travis runs away from Palantine's bodyguards his chaser can be seen intentionally bumping into two bystanders. See more »


        [first lines]
        [a telephone rings loudly]
        Personnel Officer: [to the dispatcher] Harry, answer that.
        [to Travis]
        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 that I might as well get paid for it.
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        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." See more »

        Alternate Versions

        The first Norwegian theatrical release of this movie was cut a few seconds in the final shootout in the brothel but some years later the movie passed uncut. See more »


        Referenced in The Equalizer (2014) See more »


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        Live it and lose it
        15 January 2003 | by cinevoxSee all my reviews

        Scorsese's best. Not too many hyper-critical reviews of this film have anything near as intelligent to say about what the director and the screenwriter had in mind when they created this American gem.

        To those people that have seen it and thought it was "slow" or the pacing was sub par, they don't know what they're talking about; "Taxi Driver" is about the gradual and eventual take-over of insanity, and not about violence, action-shoot-'em-up 'slash' car chase... or whatever they expected from it. The modern audience today is expecting everything--comedy, drama, unbearable suspense, spfx--all rolled-up into one-stop entertainment... and no, I'm not anybody's grandfather, or here to tell you that movies were great in my day, but, viewers, lighten up already.

        De Niro, and the rest of the cast, do a serviceable job in this micro-cosmic window into the life of Travis Bickle--a Vietnam vet--who, true, writes mind-numbing entries in his diary, leads a, for the most part, dull existance as a cabbie, and strikes out with a female political campaigner who, after Travis becomes a hero, discovers she is indeed attracted to unstable, sometimes violent chauffeurs.

        The rest of this movie's story is for the less initiated viewer; decide whether you've truly become desensitized to sexual and violent content in today's films... Ah, forget it! You have to have lived at least some of which goes on in "Taxi Driver," or you've just been plain lucky in this life so far.

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