Taxi Driver is a 1976 thriller drama starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris Cybill Shepard and Albert Brooks. The film was written by Paul Schrader and directed by Martin Scorsese.
Travis Bickle, a former Vietnam veteran-turned-insomniac taxi driver who lives in an isolated environment in New York City, faces with many harsh realities including rejection, depression, corruption, crime and mental illness.
Why It Rocks
- Paul Schrader did a good job writing the script.
- Martin Scorsese did a good job directing, and would later direct Raging Bull in 1980, which also starred Robert De Niro.
- Robert De Niro's performance as Travis Bickle was superb.
- The famous "You talkin' to me?" quote is classic.
- Travis's mohawk is iconic.
- The music by the late Bernard Herrmann is well-composed.
- The shootout scene was extremely graphic and offended many audiences.
- It inspired John Hinckley Jr. to shoot President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Hinckley was obsessed with Jodie Foster and thought he could win her over by assassinating the president. Thankfully, Reagan survived and Hinckley, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, was placed under institutional psychiatric care until September 2016.
Taxi Driver currently holds a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 9 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best." Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a four out of four stars and described it as "One of the best and most powerful of all films." The film was placed in the National Film Registry in 1994.
Taxi Driver grossed $28,262,574 against its $1.9 million budget making it a box office success.
Awards and nominations
Taxi Driver was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, but lost to Rocky.