Taxi Driver

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4 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture (1976)! This special Collector's Edition is digitally remastered and includes a never-before-seen making-of documentary featuring interviews with the creators and stars of the film. Robert De Niro stars with Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks in the all-too-real story of a psychotic New York cabby who is driven to violence in an attempt to rescue a teenage prostitute.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 204714426
UPC 043396174047
UPC 14 00043396174047
Format DVD
Release Date 3/4/2008
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3204
Keywords
Assassination
Classic
Disturbing
Essential Cinema
Lowlife
New York City
Nightlife
Psychodrama
Psychos
Recommended
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Violence
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary This brutal vision of urban decay and malaise has justifiably become one of Martin Scorsese's most celebrated films. Robert De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a cabdriver and Vietnam vet whose mind slips even further into insanity after being rejected by an attractive campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd). As he plots the assassination of her party's candidate, he finds himself trying to rescue a 13-year-old prostitute (Jodie Foster) from her vicious pimp (Harvey Keitel). Scorsese and De Niro once again team up to bring Paul Schrader's powerful script to life with this classic psychological thriller.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You talkin' to me?"--Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), talking to himself in the mirror.
Quote "No one's safe from the filth; we need to clean the city."--Bickle
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "...De Niro's work retains so much strength and integrity you soon forget who the man is and who he became..." 02/11/1996 p.5
Premiere "[W]itness a gifted director assume command of the medium." 12/01/2003 p.12
Entertainment Weekly "TAXI DRIVER may be very much of its time, but if you're listening, it's still talking to you." -- Grade: A 08/17/2007 p.57
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] timeless, noir-inspired study of the pathology of loneliness." 10/01/2007 p.132
Sight and Sound "[T]his is absolutely bravura-filmmaking....[Made with] intensity and craftsmanship..." 10/01/2007 p.87
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." 09/01/2007 p.157
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." 10/01/2007 p.122
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... 07/01/2011
Directors
Martin Scorsese
Actors
Cybill Shepherd
Jodie Foster
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Albert Brooks - Actor
Bernard Herrmann - Original Music By
Charles Rosen - Art Director
Cybill Shephard - Actor
Harvey Keitel - Actor
Jodie Foster - Actor
Leonard Harris - Actor
Martin Scorsese - Director
Martin Scorsese - Actor
Melvin Shapiro - Editor
Michael Chapman - Cinematographer
Paul Schrader - Writer
Peter Boyle - Actor
Phillip M. Goldfarb, et. al. - Producer
Robert De Niro - Actor
Tom Rolf - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1976
Catalog ID 17404
UPC 00043396174047
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Winner (1977) British Academy Awards, Bernard Herrmann, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,British Academy Awards, Jodie Foster, Best Newcomer,British Academy Awards, Jodie Foster, Best Supporting Actress
Nominee (1977) Golden Globe, Robert De Niro, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Golden Globe, Paul Schrader, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Oscar, Robert De Niro, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Bernard Herrmann, Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips, Best Picture,Oscar, Jodie Foster, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner (1976) Cannes Film Festival, Martin Scorsese, Golden Palm Award
Oscar (1977) Bernard Herrmann, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Jodie Foster, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips, Nominee, Best Picture,Robert De Niro, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy Awards (1977) Bernard Herrmann, Winner, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,Jodie Foster, Winner, Best Newcomer,Jodie Foster, Winner, Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1977) Paul Schrader, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Robert De Niro, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
Cannes Film Festival (1976) Martin Scorsese, Winner, Golden Palm Award
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Like Raging Bull, Taxi Driver features Robert De Niro in top form. As good as the actor has been elsewhere, these two pictures mark the apex of his superlative career...There's no doubt that Taxi Driver paints an extremely disturbing portrait -- we find ourselves understanding Travis' mindset. This is expert film making from Scorsese, cinematographer Michael Chapman, and the actors. Schrader's script, which was inspired by such diverse works as Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground and Harry Chapin's song, "Taxi," is a masterful psychological study, the depth of which can only fully be appreciated on repeat viewings...Taxi Driver's message still rings as true as ever, and the characters are as shockingly believable as in the mid-seventies. This re-release offers movie-goers another opportunity to see one of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Violent enough to make our current arbiter of all things moral, Henry Hyde, blanch, Taxi Driver nevertheless confronts the issue of American moral decay directly, though not in a way likely to lend comfort to Congressman Hyde and his merry band of bluenoses...Twenty-three years after its initial release, Scorsese's and screenwriter Paul Schrader's portrait of urban alienation, rage, and decay has lost none of its sting, feeling as contemporary as if it was made yesterday. Michael Chapman's cinematography of rain-swept, neon-spattered New York streets lend the proceeding a hallucinatory, almost surreal air. Scorsese abandoned his practice of using contemporary popular music to pepper his soundtrack, in favor of a gorgeous jazzy score from composer great Bernard Herrmann (his last) that underlines Bickle's sense of urban dislocation. At the center of the maelstrom is De Niro's intense and moving performance as Bickle in a multi-layered tour de force that never loses Bickle's humanity even as he reveals the monster within.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Taxi Driver shouldn't be taken as a New York film; it's not about a city but about the weathers of a man's soul, and out of all New York he selects just those elements that feed and reinforce his obsessions. The man is Travis Bickle, ex-Marine, veteran of Vietnam, composer of dutiful anniversary notes to his parents, taxi driver, killer. The movie rarely strays very far from the personal, highly subjective way in which he sees the city and lets it wound him...It's a place, first of all, populated with women he cannot have: Unobtainable blondwomen who might find him attractive for a moment, who might join him for a cup of coffee, but who eventually will have to shake their heads and sigh, "Oh, Travis!" because they find him ... well, he's going crazy, but the word they use is "strange."...And then, even more cruelly, the city seems filled with men who can have these women -- men ranging from cloddish political hacks to street-corner pimps who, nevertheless, have in common the mysterious ability to approach a woman without getting everything wrong...Robert De Niro, as Travis Bickle, is as good as Brando at suggesting emotions even while veiling them from us (and in many of his close-ups, Scorsese uses almost subliminal slow motion to draw out the revelations). Cybill Shepherd, as the blond goddess, is correctly cast, for once, as a glacier slowly receding toward humanity. And there's Jodie Foster, chillingly cast as a twelve-year-old prostitute whom Travis wants to "save." Harvey Keitel, a veteran of all of Scorsese's films (he was the violent maniac in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore") is the pimp who controls her, and he's got the right kind of toughness that's all bluff...These people are seen almost in flashes, as if darkness threatens to close over them altogether. Taxi Driver is a hell, from the opening shot of a cab emerging from stygian clouds of steam to the climactic killing scene in which the camera finally looks straight down. Scorsese wanted to look away from Travis's rejection; we almost want to look away from his life. But he's there, all right, and he's suffering.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Limited Edition, Collector's Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ben Walters, Time Out New York may have changed, but Taxi Driver is as powerful and painful as ever.
Cinebrooks' Motion Picture Guide Review A landmark of '70s cinema that announced to the world the arrival of director Martin Scorcese, screenwriter Paul Schrader and star Robert De Niro.
Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice A compelling and unsettling film...
Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star An utter masterwork of shifting tones and flowering angst.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times One of the best and most powerful of all films.
Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews So much of this study of evil is brilliant.
Tucson Weekly Without a doubt one of the best American films ever made.

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