"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
New commentary by writer Paul Schrader
New commentary by professor Robert Kolker
Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver
Producing Taxi Driver
God's Lonely Man: Writer Paul Schrader and professor Robert Kolker discuss the loneliness themes as seen in the film. Schrader also talks about what circumstances led to writing the screenplay
Influence and Appreciation: Robert De Niro, Oliver Stone, Roger Corman and others pay tribute to Scorsese and the film
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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
a must have title
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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Marvel is not Cinema!
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
One of the best R rated films I’ve seen! This should be an amusement park ride!
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
It's been a while seen I've seen this gem, and it was just as good today as 30 years ago. What a nice cleaned-up version of a modern-day classic! The packaging and extras also help to make this a perfect fit for any Scorsese fan.