Taxi Driver details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 must-see movies, American Film Institute's top 100, American Indie, Cannes-tastic!, IMDb Highest Rated, New York, New York, Opposites Attract, Renegade Directors|
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Nov 1999|
|Subtitles:||Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish|
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One of the best everBy Ilias from West Midlands , 21 May 2004
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[Highly rated reviewer]We watch with a sense of disquiet as the life of Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) begins to unfold, there is a lurking menace in those eyes, in that crooked smile that you cannot put a finger on, but which is as real as the sordidness of his surroundings.
Travis is a man at the brink of losing it. He cannot sleep, he works nights and is constantly in touch with the people he thinks are scum of the earth.
He alienates the two women he encounters in the movie, the political campaigner and the child prostitute. He also has a misplaced sense of heroism, the conviction of the righteousness of his own actions that is almost scary. It is this conviction that causes him to attempt to kill the presidential candidate and eventually leads to the bloody climax when he attempts to 'save' Iris from the world she inhabits.
Taxi Driver is a powerful movie, I think it works because all of us identify with Travis at some level, we have all been lonely, we have all faced rejection, we just handle it better.
Finally, Taxi Driver had some of the best people to deliver the goods, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keital, Martin Scorcese & Paul Scnader. It hardly ever gets better than this.
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A masterclass in filmmaking and actingBy JafarIqbal (97 reviews) from London , 11 Oct 2013Unhinged and unable to sleep, Vietnam War veteran Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes up a job as night-time New York City cab driver. Amongst the filth and depravity of the night-time New York streets, Travis comes across a twelve-year old prostitute called Iris (Jodie Foster). Feeling like it is his duty to protect his preadolescent, Travis begins to succumb to a previously-suppressed urge for violence within him. Taxi Driver easily ranks amongst the greatest films ever made, and is arguably also Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiros best film (though there are other valid contenders too). What makes the film so good is that its the perfect snapshot of the time late seventies, an America that is still reeling from the horrors of Vietnam, with that disillusionment and depravity so beautifully portrayed. But, despite the film being so rooted in time, it manages to remain relevant today almost 40 years later. This could be watched in 2013, and still resonate with the viewer as much as it would have done in the seventies. Obviously, the main draw of the movie is Mr DeNiro. And, yes, he is incredible. From the very first shot, he is sublime. The film has often been described as a horror movie and, if you go with that line of thinking, then DeNiro is easily the monster. His cheeky grins and boyish looks are hiding a sinister side as the film goes on, and the façade slips, Bickle becomes frightening. Its amazing to see DeNiro make that transformation. In the deserved praise heaped on DeNiro, I think the power of Jodie Fosters performance is somwhat underrated. At only twelve years, having to play the role she does, Foster is amazing. Not many kids that age would play a prostitute, but she does it, and does it brilliantly. Ive never been a massive fan of Fosters work, but she certainly does a stellar job in this movie. Another great aspect of the movie is the score. Again, the horror movie theory is backed up by the downright frightening theme music. More than an actual tune, it is almost a warning drone. Rising brass instruments, loud and brash, it is haunting and creates the perfect ambience for the film. I could go on and on about all the other good things about the movie (Cybill Shepherd, Scorseses cameo, the aesthetic violence, the visceral nature of the film, the script), but Id be here forever. If you havent seen it already, shame on you. See it now. Its an education in cinema.
rip offBy a customer , 04 Oct 2013why is it still for rent 40 years later ..?talk about money crabbing unless you have another explanation,what else could it be?
Unhinged De NiroBy pompeyhater (15 reviews) , 15 Apr 2013De Niro at his uhinged best as Travis Bickle Vietnam vet slowley loses the plot right in front of us. This is De Niros movie,his performance is simply astounding from start to finish,along with Raging Bull this role was made for him.
You have got to see this film !By thegroov (1 review) , 12 Apr 2013an outstanding study of the mind of a psychopathic New York taxi driver. A classic performance by De Niro draws you into the twisted world of Travis who lies and charms his way into the lives of ordinary people ,resulting in a murderous rampage in an attempt to clean up the streets of New York . This film will not disappoint. It is a must see classic .
Great acting by allBy enndee_gurl (5 reviews) , 22 Jan 2013Great film. Watched it previously but can't have watched the ending or else I would have remembered it. I think the ending is good but the film doesn't feel quite as 'finished' as I would have liked.