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30,390 Ratings

Taxi Driver

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1976
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

An emotionally and mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran named Travis Bickle takes a job as a New York City cab driver. Suffering from both relentless insomnia and general misanthropy, Bickle sets out to save a twelve-year-old prostitute from the clutches of her pimp.

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Taxi Driver Directed by Martin Scorsese
Travis’ diatribes against the decadence of New York – scripted, with perfect economy, by Paul Schrader – have become justly famous, but then the alternative on offer is just as bleak: as Wizard (Peter Boyle), the nearest thing he has to a confidant, tells him, "I envy you your youth. Go on, get laid, get drunk. Do anything. You got no choice, anyway. I mean, we’re all fucked.
February 08, 2017
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In Taxi Driver (1976), playful gestures and off-the-cuff humour are frequently transmuted into violence, as if elements of the world through which Travis moves get grimly distorted simply by proximity to his seething fury and psychological unravelling, and manifested again as acts of terrible cruelty.
May 09, 2016
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This is the rare film about alienation that is nevertheless tactile, visceral. We see Travis Bickle’s world through the windows of the cab Schrader once called a “metal coffin,” but we also feel the anger, the madness welling up. As “God’s lonely man,” De Niro is quiet, observant, nervous; the inaction on his face plays off the sleazy, vibrant buzz of the streets. It’s clear all along that this kind of emotional paralysis will find an outlet somewhere.
April 20, 2016
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