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Taxi Driver (1976)

On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.

Original Title : Taxi Driver
Director : Martin Scorsese
Writer : Paul Schrader
Genre : Drama
Thriller/Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Phillip M. Goldfarb , Julia Phillips , Michael Phillips
Music : Bernard Herrmann
Photography : Michael Chapman
IMDB ID : 0075314
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Taxi Driver (1976) - Martin Scorsese
 

Starring

Robert De Niro Travis Bickle (as Robert DeNiro
Cybill Shepherd Betsy
Peter Boyle Wizard
Jodie Foster Iris Steensma
Harvey Keitel 'Sport' Matthew
Leonard Harris Sen. Charles Palantine
Albert Brooks Tom
Diahnne Abbott Concession girl
Frank Adu Angry black man
Gino Ardito Policeman at rally
Victor Argo Melio (as Vic Argo
Garth Avery Iris' friend
Harry Cohn Cabbie in Bellmore
Copper Cunningham Hooker in cab
Brenda Dickson-Weinberg Soap opera woman (as Brenda Dickson
Harry Fischler Dispatcher
Nat Grant Stickup man
Richard Higgs Tall Secret Service man
Beau Kayser Soap opera man
Victor Magnotta Secret Service photographer (as Vic Magnotta
Bob Maroff Mafioso
Norman Matlock Charlie T
Bill Minkin Tom's assistant
Murray Moston Iris' timekeeper
Harry Northup Doughboy
Gene Palma Street drummer
Carey Poe Campaign worker
Steven Prince Andy (gun salesman
Peter Savage The john
Martin Scorsese Homicidal passenger in Travis' cab
Nicholas Shields Palantine's aide
Ralph S. Singleton TV interviewer (as Ralph Singleton
Joe Spinell Personnel officer
Maria Turner Angry hooker
Robin Utt Campaign worker
William Donovan Police officer (uncredited
Jean Elliott Clerk at Sam Goody store (uncredited
Jason Holt Extra (uncredited
Debbi Morgan Girl at Columbus Circle (uncredited
Billie Perkins Friend of Iris (uncredited
Harlan Cary Poe Campaign worker (uncredited
 

Plot

A New York City taxi driver violently and brutally lashes out at the scum of society after encounters with several diverse individuals, including a beautiful campaign worker, an underage hooker, a murderous pimp, and a presidential candidate. Vietnam vet Travis Bickle is 26, a loner in the mean streets of New York City, slipping slowly into isolation and violent misanthropy. In solving his insomnia by driving a yellow cab on the night shift, he grows increasingly disgusted by the low-lifes that hang out at night: "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." His touching attempts to woo Betsy, a Senator's campaign worker, turn sour when he takes her to a porn movie on their first date. He even fails in his attempt to persuade child prostitute Iris to desert her pimp and return to her parents and school. Driven to the edge by powerlessness, he buys four handguns and sets out to assassinate the Senator, heading for the infamy of a `lone crazed gunman'... Disrguntled war vet and cabbie Travis Bickle (DeNiro) is a lonely man obsessed with pornography and violence. As events in Travis' life begin to turn for the worse, he slowly descends into the depths of his own paranoia, driving away the one woman willing to love him, eventually exploding in an orgy of killing against the "scum" of the streets he hates so intensely.
 

Comments

A story about a lonely man, 16 May 2004 Author: David Antonio from Spain Taxi Driver is one of the best films ever made. This is one of those films that you do not get tired of seeing and every time you watch it you realize a little detail that you have not seen before. Excellent actors, a good director, an impressive soundtrack and a real story are the main appeals of this film. This film is about loneliness, about the isolation of a man in a society full of scum. His objective is to finish with the scum of the streets. The story uses a taxi driver as a metaphor of loneliness and it has some kind of irony because we can see that a city which is full of people can be the most lonely place for a man. The long nights in the city, the night environment full of whores, junkies, pimps and thieves are the main elements of the world in which Travis Bickle lives. Travis is an misunderstood guy who is seeking desperately for some kind of company because as he says 'loneliness has followed me all my life, everywhere' but at the same time he seems not to do anything to avoid his situation and it is seen when he goes with Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) to a porn cinema. At the end of the film the character makes real his most violent fantasies, with a look of certain soldiers from Vietnam, and he behaves like this because of his loneliness, his alienation and because he does not find any sense to his life. The violent behaviour becomes Travis into a hero, although he had killed many people and he could do it again. Although he acts with an extreme violence the spectator understand him and the reasons why he acts that way. The soundtrack of the film, which is composed by Bernard Herrmann, inspires some kind of loneliness and sometimes it is absolutely terrifying like in a horror film. This music and the slow camera showing the streets help to introduce the spectator into the world of Travis, to know what he is thinking about. In general I cannot say any negative aspect of this film because I have not found anything bad. Although it is a film of the 70s it is not an old-fashioned movie because the essence of the story, the reality that is shown on it, can be perfectly referred to the current society. This film has the privilege of having made famous the sentence ‘You talking' to me? You talking' to me?' which will remain in the history of cinema. This is an authentic masterpiece.
 
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