“All the animals come out at night” – and one of them is a NY cabbie about to snap. In Martin Scorsese’s savage psychological horror classic, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the night shift, driving his cab through the open sewer that is mid-1970s Manhattan, wishing for a “real rain” to wash the “scum” off the neon-lit streets.
“Taxi Driver is a brilliant nightmare.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
A chronic loner with a penchant for paranoia, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (Peter Boyle). He becomes infatuated with beautiful blonde presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), who agrees to a date and then spurns Travis when he cluelessly takes her to a porno movie. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly unraveled Travis begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating presidential candidate Charles Palatine into violently “saving” teen hooker Iris (Jodie Foster) from her nasty pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel), kicking off one of the most unsettling bloodbaths in cinema history. With a ferocious script by Paul Schrader, brilliant direction by Scorsese, and an unforgettable psycho turn by DeNiro, Taxi Driver is one of the greatest, most disturbing films of the ‘70s. (Dir. by Martin Scorsese, 1976, USA, 113 mins., Rated R)