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Taxi Driver (1976)

Episode #83

Columbia Pictures Corporation released Taxi Driver to theaters on February 8, 1976. Martin Scorsese directs the film which stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd.

Taxi Driver Movie Summary

Harry Reasoner describes Taxi Driver as “Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy meets Martin Scorsese in a cab who has gone off the deep end. Boy goes off the deep end. Boy kills for humanity’s sake. Humanity is saved. Boy is no longer off the deep end.”

Travis Bickle is an Ex-Marine who probably suffers from what we’d today call PTSD. He lives in a run-down apartment in the cesspool of what is the 1970’s New York City. He’s a very lonely man who in many cases lacks the people skills you and I take for granted. Our hero can’t sleep at night, so he figures to make some extra money working as a cabbie in the seediest parts of town. In Travis’ free time, he enjoys watching movies—educational movies—dirty, educational movies—ok, cheap 60’s porn.

One day, he sees a lovely blonde with limited personality named Betsy working at a downstairs campaign office. Betsy appears to be as lonely as Travis, or so he thinks, and after many days stalking her from the safety of his cab, Travis manages to ask her out. Betsy says yes, and takes her to see a movie—an educational movie—a dirty, educational movie—ok, cheap 60’s porn.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation released Taxi Driver to theaters on February 8, 1976. Martin Scorsese directs the film which stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd.

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      1. I’d have to think about that one, but Raging Bull, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Casino would be the possibilities.

          1. Considering what he said about taxi driver and goodfellas, I would be pretty shocked if he did. If he thought this was a disturbing portrait of a mentally ill person I can only imagine how much he would dislike raging bull. A great feel bad movie.

          2. Very true…and I will be picking Clockwork Orange so there’s only so many disturbing films I can throw at them.

  1. Lori, have you seen Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore? I think you’d like it, very different from Scorsese’s other films. The TV show Alice was based on it.

    1. I saw it a very long time ago and remember liking it. I did not know Scorcese directed it. Ellen Burstyn was incredible. I need to rewatch it.

  2. Chris, I agree with your sentiments about the greater message of this film. In Australia we don’t have a gun culture, indeed after a mass killing by a mentally ill young man in the late 1990s the government of the day implemented greater gun controls. No one here owns a gun unless they belong to a sporters club or are farmers where they need put down animals etc. Only criminals have firearms obtained on the black market and they are a very small group and tend to only use them in feuds amongst themselves.

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