"All the animals come out at night" -- and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In Martin Scorsese's classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-'70s New York City, wishing for a "real rain" to wash the "scum" off the neon-lit streets. Chronically alone, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (Peter Boyle). He becomes infatuated with vapid blonde presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), who agrees to a date and then spurns Travis when he cluelessly takes her to a porno movie. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly paranoid Travis begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating Betsy's candidate, Charles Palatine (Leonard Harris), to violently "saving" teen hooker Iris (Jodie Foster) from her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel). Travis' bloodbath turns him into a media hero; but has it truly calmed his mind? Written by Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver is an homage to and reworking of cinematic influences, a study of individual psychosis, and an acute diagnosis of the latently violent, media-fixated Vietnam era. Scorsese and Schrader structure Travis' mission to save Iris as a film noir version of John Ford's late Western The Searchers (1956), aligning Travis with a mythology of American heroism while exposing that myth's obsessively violent underpinnings. Yet Travis' military record and assassination attempt, as well as Palatine's political platitudes, also ground Taxi Driver in its historical moment of American in the 1970s. Employing such techniques as Godardian jump cuts and ellipses, expressive camera moves and angles, and garish colors, all punctuated by Bernard Herrmann's eerie final score (finished the day he died), Scorsese presents a Manhattan skewed through Travis' point-of-view, where De Niro's now-famous "You talkin' to me" improv becomes one more sign of Travis' madness. Shot during a New York summer heat wave and garbage strike, Taxi Driver got into trouble with the MPAA for its violence. Scorsese desaturated the color in the final shoot-out and got an R, and Taxi Driver surprised its unenthusiastic studio by becoming a box-office hit. Released in the Bicentennial year, after Vietnam, Watergate, and attention-getting attempts on President Ford's life, Taxi Driver's intense portrait of a man and a society unhinged spoke resonantly to the mid-'70s audience -- too resonantly in the case of attempted Reagan assassin and Foster fan John W. Hinckley. Taxi Driver went on to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but it lost the Best Picture Oscar to the more comforting Rocky. Anchored by De Niro's disturbing embodiment of "God's lonely man," Taxi Driver remains a striking milestone of both Scorsese's career and 1970s Hollywood.~Lucia Bozzola
BD exclusive: interactive script to screen
Original 1986 commentary with director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader recorded by the criterion collection
Commentaries by writer Paul Schrader and by professor Robert Kolker
Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver
Producing Taxi Driver
God's Lonely Man
Influence and appreciation
Taxi Driver stories
Making of documentary
Travis' New York - the changes of New York from 1975 to today
Travis' New York locations - we visit the famous locations in New York city 2006 and compare them to the same locations in 1975
Storyboard to film comparisons with Martin Scorsese introduction
From minute one of the movie, I was fully immersed. Not once did Travis prove himself to be unlikable; he proved from minute one that he can be quite amicable. I recommend anyone who likes movies to see this; it'll make you feel the way Travis feels.
This is one of the best movies out there. The acting is amazing and the movie is very interesting.
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I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
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taxi driver is not only my favorite De Niro and Scorsese film, it's a film of passion and loyalty to one's dream. this film has a mellow feel with a steady pulse, ready to snap. every actors preformances were great. this film is one of a kind but has film noir overtones that captivate your soul. i believe this to be Martin Scorsese's masterpiece work! you can count the wonderful quotes: "all my life needed was a sense of some place to go." " i don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention." " i believe one should become a person, like other people." and the most popular, "you talkin' to me.. you talkin' to me... well, i'm the only one here." this film is in my top ten films of all time! the only things i don't like on the dvd is that there is no trailer for taxi driver and the aspect ratio is 1.85:1 instead of 2.35:1. i like the true widescreen format.
This is a terrific, astounding film experience about one man's decent into madness
Deniro plays taxi driver, Travis Bickle
Bickle keeps late nights, driving his cab all over Manhattan, never getting any real sleep
The rot, decay and crime of the city also push Travis to his ultimate breaking point
Young Jodie Foster plays Iris, a teenage hooker who Travis wants to help
Harvey Keitel is equally great as Iris's slimy pimp, Sport
Taxi Driver is not an easy film to watch, it's both gritty and confronting at times, and the depiction of New York as an "open sewer" is pretty depressing. That said it is an important film in the history of cinema, not the least because it serves as an interesting glimpse of society in the time in which in was made. De Niro's performance is a standout, but all the actors play their parts extremely well. It's hard to come away unaffected by Taxi Driver, and to me that's the mark of a great film. The Blu-ray edition looks great considering the age of this film, though it's obviously not as sharp as recent releases. .
From an excellent Director to excellent actors, Taxi Driver is an outstanding movie that focuses upon the psychological perspective and breakdown of a Vietnam War vet who, through his own reasons, whether sane or not, plans and executes various plans he feels are right and just. The movie presents very interesting societal versus individual moral issues, and it's a bonus to see tremendous acting from legends in the industry when they were quite young.
Im happy with the release and the price but i do wish they transfered all the extras to its bonus disc. There's an extra disc with just a few bonus features included while the disc with the movie has the majority of bonus features. It wouldve been better to have the movie alone on one disc to allow a higher bitrate such as sony's "mastered in 4k" series which is out of print. And then consolidate the all of the extras on the second disc. But with that said there are no compression artifacts and its nice seeing the whole cast doing a q&a in the special features