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Taxi Driver

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1976
Screenplay special feature (in English only) allows the viewer to navigate from the movie to the corresponding chapter point in the screenplay, and also from the screenplay back to the corresponding chapter point in the movie
Contents: Disc 1. Feature film ; Optional audio and/or subtitled commentary by Prof. Robert Kolker ; Optional audio and/or subtitled commentary by writer Paul Schrader ; Original screenplay
Disc 2. Martin Scorsese on Taxi driver ; Producing Taxi driver ; God's lonely man ; Influence and appreciation: Martin Scorsese tribute ; Taxi driver stories ; Making Taxi driver ; Travis' New York ; Travis' New York locations ; Intro to storyboards by Martin Scorsese ; Storyboard to film comparison ; Galleries
Credits: Music by Bernard Herrmann ; film editors, Tom Rolf, Melvin Shapiro ; art director, Charles Rosen ; set decorator, Herbert Mulligan ; special effects,Tony Parmelee; costume designer, Ruth Morley.
Performers: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Cybill Shepherd.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating R
System Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1
Other Language: In English or dubbed French dialogue with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned. Disc 2. optional English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish or Korean subtitles
Awards & Distinctions: Four Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture
Subject Headings: Taxicab drivers New York (State) New York Drama Loneliness New York (State) New York Drama Child prostitutes New York (State) New York Drama Man-woman relationships New York (State) New York Drama Violence in men New York (State) New York Drama New York (N.Y.) Drama Taxicab drivers New York (State) New York Drama Loneliness New York (State) New York Drama Juvenile prostitutes New York (State) New York Drama Man-woman relationship New York (State) New York Drama Violence in men New York (State) New York Drama New York (N.Y.) Drama
Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Taxicab drivers
Loneliness
Child prostitutes
Man-woman relationships
Violence in men
Taxicab drivers
Loneliness
Juvenile prostitutes
Man-woman relationship
Violence in men
Publisher No: 17404
17404 DIG
10075065
ISBN: 1424840619
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE T
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1976. Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, and Jodie Foster.


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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.

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.

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."

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

in this movie, life is aimless

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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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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."

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."

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

"You talkin' to me?"

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

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