Movie House Memories

Taxi Driver (1976)

Episode #83

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

‘Taxi Driver’ Movie Summary

Travis Bickle is a depressed former U.S. Marine who suffers from insomnia living as a lone wolf in the Big Apple. To make money, he spends his time trolling its mean and seedy streets in his yellow cab at night. A nobody among nobodies, his mental state declines and his perception of reality becomes warped. He falls deeper and deeper into a world of his own; one full of obsession and vitriolic revulsion. Once many women he finds attractive reject him, the trashy fares he take become too trashy, and he co-workers find fault with him; Travis decides to clean up his filthy city. He buys guns—lots of them, and they will be his messengers of truth. You just better not be caught talking to him!

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Columbia Pictures Corporation released Taxi Driver on February 8, 1976. Martin Scorsese directed the film starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd.

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  1. wow, only Chris has it in his top 100? Different strokes for different folks I guess. To me, its close to perfect.

      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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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