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Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

DVD - 2007
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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.

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nuke_man1
May 01, 2021

Martin Scorsese scores easy in this masterful masterpiece!...

Just off the top of my head, this is probably thee best film of 1976, a very strong year for cinema (sorry Clint, 'Outlaw Josey Wales')...

Robert De Niro shines as the consummate loner, Travis Bickle and Harvey Keitel wows the crowd as Jodie Foster's colorful pimp!...

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mJJLnk7
May 28, 2020

Last year, I read that (No spoiler) Scorcese explained the end. Leaves a bad aftertaste. But a classic. The date. What a choice of theater. Who else could pull that off?

🚕 If you think the purpose of movies is to bring about the Moral Uplift of the audience, and to have a likable hero to set a good example, then you probably won't like this one.
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The Observer is amused to read the commenter who calls himself Tiny Gunn, or something like that, and suggests, in a comment from 2015 and repeated in 2019, that people like "Taxi Driver" out of sentimentality! That's not a quality I would have connected with "Taxi Driver."

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PDBurt
Jan 30, 2020

A taxi driver's undeveloped rescuer personality portrayed by young Robert DeNiro wherein he possibly couldn't identify what he was feeling much less vocalize it. Was he like this before he went to war? Violence was boiling just under the surface of his behavior. Interesting view of criminal and low-life street life in the city often viewed through his windshield in a foggy sort of way. The conversations and interactions with his fellow taxi drivers was also interesting for their take on their world. Young Jody Foster did a good job of acting out a runaway's perspective and the needs she had tried to have fulfilled in a warped relationship. Funny how at the end the character played by Cybill Shepard saw him as a hero after first finding him obsessive and offensive; Good ending.

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SAPL454
Jan 16, 2020

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A classic De Niro film, with unconscionable consequences!

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Courier2003
Dec 25, 2019

I checked this out to see an early film with Harvey Keitel, and much to my surprise it was a DiNiro lead. When I seen the ending I wasn't surprised it was a Scorsese film. Jodie Foster was just a kid. Did not watch 2nd disc.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 31, 2019

One of Martin Scorsese's earlier movies. This movie follows the life of a Vietnam veteran turned taxi driver as he copes with his anger, hatred and loneliness in 70s New York. The plot is relatively heavy, even for a Scorsese movie, nevertheless it is filled with anticipation and suspense making it a good watch for a mature audience into a drama movie. I’d rate this an easy 5/5 stars since, in my opinion, this is the film that started Scorsese's director career. I found myself hooked the moment I began the film until the very end; it was an enthralling watch. -@mv6172 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
This is one of my favourites. I recall it as a gripping story about a man named Travis Bickle, a Vietnam veteran working as a taxi driver in a version of NYC unknown to me, four decades prior & grungy. The crux being Travis's pursuits, his caving-in on himself, and his ideologies that could have only been molded through unique trauma & isolation. I felt stirrings of inevitable violence & brutality.
Prior to re-watching the movie, I read the comments on it. To my surprise, many refused to give accolades to the classic, it is probably important that people are uniquely impacted by things like books & movies. A summary of the criticisms (I found) might be: dreary, boring, amateurish directing, "almost laughable" violence, obnoxious music & unlikable characters. Akin to the emperor's new clothes.
After a more objective viewing, I still enjoyed the movie. Re-watching removes much of the suspense but everything I initially enjoyed, was there. I prefer happy endings though, the melancholy tone stayed true to the film's themes of loneliness, violence & the pursuit of "happiness" & "justice." It is understandable why segments of the movie might be labeled boring/unnecessary yet, many things mentioned in passing conversations, act as foreshadowing. Some liberties are taken for symbolism, however, ex. when the camera closes in on fizzing water, about to bubble over. I suppose these liberties could be attributed to causing the "emperor's new clothes" comparison. Rarely do I read into subtext but much of the move seemed to mean something, inherently. Further, supposing amateurish means the inability to produce a cohesive whole, I would have to disagree, every shot feels deliberate, especially when the camera spins around inside Travis's cab, helping us follow his perspective. The violence felt very real to me, frighteningly understated until the climax. The score was mostly absent, never blaring when it was there, somewhat like the melody to a strange dream. Finally, we may not like the protagonist but we can relate to something about his extreme sense of loneliness & his Sisyphus Complex. Ultimately, this film is violent & disturbing but there is a purpose to the story, with powerhouse performances from De Niro & a very young Jodie Foster. I would definitely recommend for anyone, 18 & up.
4.5/5 stars
@reviewperson of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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EucaryaM
Oct 25, 2019

Watch before watching the Joker.....

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PetertheRabit
Oct 10, 2019

Always feel that Martin S.' work are over rated. Finally made up my mind to watch this acclaimed film hoping to prove that I had been wrong. Well, I was right all along. The descriptions in the Taxi drivers stories in the 2nd disc are more interesting than the movie. If this movie is of any worthiness for watching, it is because of Jodie Forster and Robert.

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Derringer
Aug 06, 2019

I don't get it. I really-really don't. (And, I guess I never will)

Why does this dreary, dead-end movie from the dreary, dead-end 1970's seem to rate so high with so many people? I can't, for the life of me, see how these people would give this certified dud 4 and 5-star ratings.

I mean, Taxi Driver's story was less than interesting. There wasn't a single likeable character in the whole lot of these NYC losers. The directing was, for the most part, very amateurish and inconsistent. And the violence was, at times, almost laughable.

This, to me, was not in any way a satisfying movie-experience, yet there's certain people who seem to, literally, fall all over themselves, heaping unwarranted praise on it.

Personally, I think that most of these people who love Taxi Driver to pieces are probably now in their 50s and 60s.

These people saw this film when it was first released in movie theaters back in 1976. And due to a sense of blind-nostalgia they continue to perceive this movie through rose-colored glasses. And, with that, there's absolutely nothing anyone can ever say that can shake that almost-senile sentimentality out of their little heads.

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Monolith
Jun 30, 2013

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

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Monolith
Jun 30, 2013

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."

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britprincess1
Feb 12, 2013

"You talkin' to me?"

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Feb 12, 2013

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BeardedMovieGuy
Mar 16, 2015

Certain films are iconic in themselves or for certain lines, Taxi Driver falls into both categories. I have often heard it talked about and I could not even begin to count how many times I have heard people say the lines, “You talkin to me, are you, talking to me, you must be talkin to me cause I don’t see anybody else here.”. So saying that, I finally got around to seeing it and I think it is a really good movie, probably not as great as everybody thinks it is, but overall I liked it a lot. De Niro does an excellent job as Travis Bickle, you really get the feeling of isolation while being in the middle of everyone, and the score and city itself really helps with that. If I was judging this movie on acting alone I would give it 5 stars, but due to the amount of swearing, the fact that Bickles idea of a nice date is to go to a pornographic movie and the child prostitution kinda makes it lose some stars, but I do understand some of that is necessary for the story. The cast for Taxi Driver was really good too, and I don’t think I have ever seen Harvey Keitel look that young before. So overall Taxi Driver was pretty darn amazing, although I doubt Bickle would have survived with that many wounds, and if he did, I am pretty sure he would have been thrown in to jail for what he did, but what do you want, its a movie.
4.5 Beards Out Of 5

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