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Taxi Driver

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Taxi Driver


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A psychotic taxi driver tries to save a child prostitute and becomes infatuated with a political campaigner. He goes on a violent rampage when his dreams don't work out.
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures presents a Bill/Phillips production of a Martin Scorsese film ; director of photography, Michael Chapman ; written by Paul Schrader ; produced by Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips ; directed by Martin Scorsese ; an Italo-Judeo Production
Title: Taxi driver
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2007
Edition: Collector's ed, widescreen
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 114 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Jul 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredibly powerful film from Scorsese, early in his career. A big one for him, following "Mean Streets", and "Boxcar Bertha" (yeesh). Written by Paul Shrader, and I've recently read that he actually modeled it after the John Wayne/John Ford jewel, "The Searchers"! This was 1976, and Vietnam veterans with PTSD were not so uncommon. De Niro's Travis Bickle reaches out time and again for some reciprocal human compassion, but fails... shunned and isolated with his unbearable loneliness. Pushed over the cliff to the breaking point... the psychological implosion. I've seen this landmark film dozens of times, and though it's dated, complete with a corny saxophone soundtrack, Harvey Keitel's outrageous bell-bottom jeans and platform shoes, and Jodie Foster's ridiculous sunglasses, there's something about it that I return to every so often. And that's a great quote, nikhil3. Here's one from the theatrical poster: "On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody." FIVE STARS.

Report This Feb 12, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I truly did not like this movie. Perhaps I don't have the same pseudo-psychotic New York state of mind, but it was long, drawn-out, downright dull, and, with no pay-off for all that time spent watching, ultimately disappointing. Jodie Foster's role is minimal (which is a shame), as is Harvey Keitel's. Cybil Shepherd is in it periodically (mostly the first hour), but it is really just a showcase for Robert DeNiro to growl at the screen and do a lot of inner monologues. It was just not worth my time. I'd rather watch GOODFELLAS, CASINO, THE DEPARTED, or, for a different tone entirely, HUGO to get my serving of Scorsese. I do not recommend TAXI DRIVER.

Report This Sep 17, 2012
  • nikhil3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Heavyweight knockout. One of the most powerful movies of all time. If you love reading Dostoyevsky, you'll love this movie. There is a Travis Bickle in everyone. At least there is one in me, which is something I'm ashamed and proud of at the same time. "Loneliness has been following me my whole life. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man."

Report This Jan 25, 2012
  • amigo rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

in this movie, life is aimless

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Report This Feb 12, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Travis Bickle: "Thank God for the rain to wash the trash off the sidewalk."

Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Travis Bickle: "The days go on and on... they don't end. All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention; I believe that one should become a person like other people."

Report This Feb 12, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"You talkin' to me?"

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TAXI DRIVER Official Trailer

Original 1976 preview of TAXI DRIVER

Report This Jul 22, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Are you talking to me?

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