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.read full summary
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