Taxi Driver (Blu-ray)

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Groundbreaking drama of urban alienation from director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader. Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works as a New York City taxi driver, and is consumed with disgust by the 'filth' which surrounds him. His explosive, psychotic loathing eventually drives him to make an attempt on the life of a politician, and when it fails he turns his attention to saving a prostitute (Jodie Foster) from the clutches of her pimp.

Product Details

Barcode
5050629001938
Department
Movies & TV
Released
6 Jun 2011
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Drama
Region
Region A, Region B, Region C
Language
English, German, French
Studio
Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
Runtime
109 min
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Taxi Driver
Release Year
1976
Running Time
114 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Assassination / Classic / Disturbing / Essential Cinema / Lowlife / New York City / Nightlife / Psychodrama / Psychos / Recommended / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Violence
Ratings
IMDb
8.3
Rotten Tomatoes®
98% 93%
Metacritic
94
Synopsis
Martin Scorsese's intense film, a hallmark of 1970s filmmaking, graphically depicts the tragic consequences of urban alienation when a New York City taxi driver goes on a murderous rampage against the pitiable denizens inhabiting the city's underbelly. For psychotic, pistol-packing Vietnam vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), New York City seems like a circle of hell. Driving his cab each night through the bleak Manhattan streets, Bickle observes with fanatical loathing the sleazy lowlifes who comprise most of his fares. By day he haunts the porno theaters of 42nd Street, taking his cues from the violent vision of life portrayed in these movies. As badly as Travis wants to connect with the people around him--including Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a lovely blonde campaign worker, and Iris (Jodie Foster), a prepubescent prostitute he tries to save--his attempts are thwarted and his pent-up rage grows, turning him into a Mohawk-wearing walking time bomb. Scorcese fills Paul Schrader's screenplay with a tragic realism, brilliantly capturing the muck and grime of New York City. De Niro, playing the fragile hero, steps so deep inside his role that the results are deeply frightening. Bernard Herrmann's haunting score--which turned out to be his last--completes the urban nightmare.
Notes
Theatrical release: February 8, 1976.

Filmed on location in New York City.

TAXI DRIVER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.

TAXI DRIVER is dedicated to composer Bernard Herrmann, who died on December 24, 1975, the night after finishing the film's score. The final credit reads, "Our gratitude and respect."

The film was inspired by the diaries of Arthur Bremer (who tried to kill George Wallace), Dostoyevsky's NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, the Harry Chapin song "Taxi," and screenwriter Paul Schrader's own personal experiences.

In order to avoid an X rating, Scorsese was forced to desaturate the color of the brutally violent climax during the printing process.

The film led, indirectly, to John Hinckley Jr.'s assassination attempt on then-president Ronald Reagan. Hinckley claimed he did the act out of a desire to impress Jodie Foster, who played the child prostitute in TAXI DRIVER, a film with which Hinckley was obsessed.

Albert Brooks made his screen acting debut with the film, and Jodie Foster won a British Academy Award for her performance.

For its 20th anniversary, the film was rereleased theatrically in a version restored from the original camera negative with a Dolby stereo soundtrack. It opened in New York City on February 16, 1996.

Look for a cameo by director Martin Scorsese as a passenger in Bickle's taxi.
Poster
Poster for Taxi Driver
Cast & Crew
Director
Martin Scorsese
Star
Harvey Keitel / Diahnne Abbott / Victor Argo / Peter Boyle / Albert Brooks / Robert DeNiro / Jodie Foster / Peter Savage / Charles Scorsese / Cybill Shepherd / Ralph S. Singleton
Screenwriter
Paul Schrader
Composer
Bernard Herrmann
Producer
Julia Phillips / Michael Phillips
Special Effects
Dick Smith
Director of Photography
Michael Chapman
Editor
Tom Rolf / Melvin Shapiro
Production Designer
Charles Rosen
Costume Designer
Ruth Morley
Music Director
Bernard Herrmann
Movie Critics
Empire
5 stars out of 5 -- "On top of Scorsese's virtuoso filmmaking, Schrader's tight-as-a-drum screenplay and De Niro's compelling commitment and shades, TAXI DRIVER thrives on its refusal to iron out its contradictions."
Ian Freer (1 Sep 2007, p.157)
Entertainment Weekly
"TAXI DRIVER may be very much of its time, but if you're listening, it's still talking to you." -- Grade: A
Mark Harris (17 Aug 2007, p.57)
Los Angeles Times
"...De Niro's work retains so much strength and integrity you soon forget who the man is and who he became..."
Kenneth Turan (11 Feb 1996, p.5)
Premiere
"[W]itness a gifted director assume command of the medium."
Premiere Staff (1 Dec 2003, p.12)
Sight and Sound
"[T]his is absolutely bravura-filmmaking....[Made with] intensity and craftsmanship..."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Oct 2007, p.87)
Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "Scorsese's masterpiece of urban isolation....It's screenwriter Paul Schrader's palpable disgust that resonated (and still does) with disaffected viewers...
Matt Glasby (1 Jul 2011, )
Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts continued longevity is rooted in the capturing of a very particular male loneliness and urban alienation, which frighteningly still touches a raw nerve today."
Simon Edwards (1 Oct 2007, p.122)
Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] timeless, noir-inspired study of the pathology of loneliness."
Alastair McKay (1 Oct 2007, p.132)

Awards

Cannes
Palme d'Or
Winner: 1976