Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese (1976)

109min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Robert De Niro is mesmerising here as the Vietnam veteran trapped in one of director Martin Scorsese's most frightening circles of hell, as he seeks a twisted redemption by saving the soul of New York child prostitute Jodie Foster. This time the bustling helter-skelter of Scorsese's Mean Streets gives way to a measured, chilly calm, and cinematographer Michael Chapman ensures the Big Apple glistens with barely concealed menace. Composer Bernard Herrmann's superb swan-song score - he died just hours after recording it - also lives long in the memory. It's De Niro's show, but the supporting players (Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd) are almost as good, and there's a genuinely scary cameo from the director himself. This deeply disturbing modern masterpiece established Scorsese as a major figure in world cinema, but, be warned: it hasn't lost any of its power to shock.

Summary

An isolated, misanthropic New York cab driver becomes increasingly disturbed by the corruption he sees all around him. His desperate attempts to make connections with a political campaigner and a teenage prostitute, whom he feels compelled to save, seem doomed to failure, and he is gradually driven towards a brutal act of violence. Martin Scorsese's drama, starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel.

Cast & Crew

Travis Bickle Robert De Niro
Betsy Cybill Shepherd
Iris Jodie Foster
Wizard Peter Boyle
Charles Palantine Leonard Harris
Sport Harvey Keitel
Tom Albert Brooks
Passenger Martin Scorsese
Andy, Gun Salesman Steven Prince
Personnel officer Joe Spinell
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park Circus LimitedGuidance: Contains graphic violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 May 2011
Drama