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About the Film
Considered among the best films of all time, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver was nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Supporting Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Original Score (Bernard Herrmann). Solitary, alienated, and emotionally scarred from Vietnam, taxi driver Travis Bickle (De Niro) works the night shift in Manhattan.Though the world around him is teeming with life, Travis is unable to connect with anyone. His date with Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a beautiful campaign aide, fails when he takes her to a porno movie. He tries to save a 12-year-old prostitute, Iris (Foster), from her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel) - though it's unclear Iris wants to be saved. Travis's pent-up anger and misplaced loyalty finally boil over in a paroxysm of revenge and violence.
The best film of all time! Martin Scorsese's visceral and painful character study is amongst the powerful and thought provoking piece's of art ever. It stars Robert De Niro at his intense best as depressed ex-marine Travis Bickle who becomes a night time taxi driver to combat his insomnia. He's spiral down to insanity is fuelled by the social "scum" around him and his own social exclusion. The cinematography from one of the most revolutionary in the industry Michael Chapman ranges like Bickle's own mood and mind set. When he temporally founds a purpose as he is enthralled by the vapid but ethereal Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), the beautiful colours of New York are highlighted stunningly. Upon his rejection the grungy nature of New York our more prominent. It's apparently unnoticeable factors such as this that make it a Golden Palm winner. As the film develops Bickle becomes more disturbed and plans to kill a political candidate. The film ends with his ultimate redemption but shakes a moral compass so much we question if he is a villain or an anti-hero. Even though it captures the zeitgeist of the state of America in the 70's perfectly it is relatable to nearly everyone even now. Because it's theme's of isolation, loneliness, rejection contain a universal truth that speaks to nearly everyone regardless of whether you live in New York the U.S.
Love this movie but there needs to be an option for rental if the customer does not want to own it but simply watch it
Gripping and disturbing. Definitely a must-watch.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1976
- © 1976 renewed 2004 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.