Taxi Driver (Limited Collector's Edition, 2-DVD)
On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.
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Format: DVD (2 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 14, 2007
- Originally Released: 1976
- Label: Sony Pictures
- 2-Disc Set
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes: Making Of
- Interviews: Martin Scorsese - Director
- "God's Lonely Man"
- "Influence and Appreciation"
- "Taxi Driver Stories"
- "Travis' New York"
- "Travis' New York Locations"
- "Producing Taxi Driver"
- Paul Schrader - Writer
- Robert Kolker
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd & Jodie Foster|
|Performer:||Peter Boyle, Diahnne Abbott, Victor Argo, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Savage, Ralph S. Singleton & Charles Scorsese|
|Directed by||Martin Scorsese|
|Edited by||Tom Rolf & Melvin Shapiro|
|Screenwriting by||Paul Schrader|
|Composition by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Produced by||Julia Phillips & Michael Phillips|
|Director of Photography:||Michael Chapman|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You talkin' to me'"
- Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), talking to himself in the mirror.
"No one's safe from the filth; we need to clean the city."
"You talking to me?"
Cannes 1976 - Palme d'Or
It's no surprise that these iconic characters in these solo driven films are played by some of the greatest actors of all time. Al Pacino. Robert De Niro. Full Review
Battle Royale With Cheese
...De Niro's work retains so much strength and integrity you soon forget who the man is and who he became...
Los Angeles Times
No other film has ever dramatized urban indifference so powerfully; at first, here, it's horrifyingly funny, and then just horrifying. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Martin Scorsese's unflinching plunge into the darkest recesses of the human soul feels painfully relevant. Full Review
5 stars out of 5 -- [A] timeless, noir-inspired study of the pathology of loneliness.
If in Taxi Driver Scorsese's trying to show us that our cities are becoming like those of Clockwork Orange, Kubrick already did that four years ago, without nearly as much obscenity or gore. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
[T]his is absolutely bravura-filmmaking....[Made with] intensity and craftsmanship...
Sight and Sound
Martin Scorsese's intense film, a hallmark of 1970s filmmaking, graphically depicts the tragic consequences of urban alienation when a New York City taxi driver goes on a murderous rampage against the pitiable denizens inhabiting the city's underbelly. For psychotic, pistol-packing Vietnam vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), New York City seems like a circle of hell. Driving his cab each night through the bleak Manhattan streets, Bickle observes with fanatical loathing the sleazy lowlifes who comprise most of his fares. By day he haunts the porno theaters of 42nd Street, taking his cues from the violent vision of life portrayed in these movies. As badly as Travis wants to connect with the people around him--including Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a lovely blonde campaign worker, and Iris (Jodie Foster), a prepubescent prostitute he tries to save--his attempts are thwarted and his pent-up rage grows, turning him into a Mohawk-wearing walking time bomb. Scorcese fills Paul Schrader's screenplay with a tragic realism, brilliantly capturing the muck and grime of New York City. De Niro, playing the fragile hero, steps so deep inside his role that the results are deeply frightening. Bernard Herrmann's haunting score--which turned out to be his last--completes the urban nightmare.
This brutal vision of urban decay and malaise has justifiably become one of Martin Scorsese's most celebrated films. Robert De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a cabdriver and Vietnam vet whose mind slips even further into insanity after being rejected by an attractive campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd). As he plots the assassination of her party's candidate, he finds himself trying to rescue a 13-year-old prostitute (Jodie Foster) from her vicious pimp (Harvey Keitel). Scorsese and De Niro once again team up to bring Paul Schrader's powerful script to life with this classic psychological thriller.
Classic | Psychos | Psychodrama | Suspense | Thriller | Assassination | Recommended | Disturbing | Lowlife | Nightlife | Theatrical Release | New York City | Violence | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: February 8, 1976.
- Filmed on location in New York City.
- TAXI DRIVER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.
- TAXI DRIVER is dedicated to composer Bernard Herrmann, who died on December 24, 1975, the night after finishing the film's score. The final credit reads, "Our gratitude and respect."
- The film was inspired by the diaries of Arthur Bremer (who tried to kill George Wallace), Dostoyevsky's NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, the Harry Chapin song "Taxi," and screenwriter Paul Schrader's own personal experiences.
- In order to avoid an X rating, Scorsese was forced to desaturate the color of the brutally violent climax during the printing process.
- The film led, indirectly, to John Hinckley Jr.'s assassination attempt on then-president Ronald Reagan. Hinckley claimed he did the act out of a desire to impress Jodie Foster, who played the child prostitute in TAXI DRIVER, a film with which Hinckley was obsessed.
- Albert Brooks made his screen acting debut with the film, and Jodie Foster won a British Academy Award for her performance.
- For its 20th anniversary, the film was rereleased theatrically in a version restored from the original camera negative with a Dolby stereo soundtrack. It opened in New York City on February 16, 1996.
- Look for a cameo by director Martin Scorsese as a passenger in Bickle's taxi.
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