Taxi Driver 1976

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A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as night-time taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.

Starring:
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Taxi Driver

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster
Supporting actors Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Cybill Shepherd
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tando on 27 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is a masterclass of writing, acting, and directing. Paul Schrader admits to being a bit like Travis when he wrote this, and so he empathised with the loneliness and the contradictions of a personality who wants love but when he gets a date, takes her to a porno theatre to show her what a loser he is. And who writes in his diary about the importance of getting healthy and then sits staring at a tv popping pills and eating bread and cereals laced with whiskey. He is a social misfit, a reject determined to remain rejected, because to his subconscious mind this is what he deserves, no matter what he writes and says. I like that the script doesnt explain why he is this way, but just shows the behaviour and allows our imagination to fill in the gaps. De Niro prepared by driving a taxi and he IS the character more than in any other movie he made.
The only scenes that i don't quite believe are those between Travis and Betsy, played by Cybill Shepherd. Here the writing is not so realistic, as i don't believe she would go out with a guy like him, not even for a coffee, and when he tells her he feels there is a strong connection between them, and asks if she feels the same, she replies "I wouldnt be here if i didn't." That is the worst line in the whole movie, but is taken from many ad-libbed versions of scenes between the two actors, who never look comfortable together. That aside, Taxi Driver spoke to the souls of thousands of lonely outsiders, rejects, so called losers in life, but in reality it is the life itself that is fundamentally unnatural for humans to live in, being a slave-like existence with little or no affection or love.Travis reacts in a natural way to this unnatural city existence,and so for me he is normal, while all the people who put forward a fake front of self control and enjoyment in place of the turmoil they should be exhibiting, it is they who are the unnatural ones. Scorcese's best film and De Niro's best acting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benn Parsons on 7 Sep 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure whether this was going to be a good purchase after reading both good and bad reviews on its blu ray transfer.
But after watching it, I can only say... NO REGRETS!!!
The one disc blu ray comes in a typical blu ray plastic case inside a protective cardboard sleeve, both the case and the sleeve have the same image and film information on the front and back.
The blu ray contains some great extras including commentary from Scorsese, from storyboard to screen comparisons and much more.
For anyone worrying about the transfer to blu ray, DON'T. Its a film made in 1975, transfered with a 1080p HD 1.85:1 ratio, leaving the picture really good throughout, especially in the daylight scenes.
The sound is crisp and the dialogue clear.
Highly recommend this classic for anyone wanting to buy it for the first time, or wanting to upgrade from VHS or DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mr russell p andrews on 23 Aug 2003
Format: VHS Tape
i rate taxi driver as de niro's defining role. better than raging bull because it defined the disillusionment and awakening of the 70's. the film is grubby and superbly shot. everything about this film hits the right mood and feel. travis is completely riveting and the film works, as well, as a character examination.
numerous homages to earlier works can also be found for movie buffs. where have we seen that focus on the eyes before? i think where this film succeeds is in its iconography. de niro became an icon through this film and the effect it had on its audiences and the effect it has today. the first real anti-hero? certainly the best and most ambiguous.
this film tells the story of the disenchantment of a taxi driver and the rising feelings that something needs to be done to save society. i think this is something we have all felt. the character of travis succeeds because we all wish we could free ourselves enough to let ourselves do something like that too.
we connect with travis via this recognition and this is cemented in the classic 'you talkin to me' scene. who hasn't enacted what they would do in a confrontation?
and that is the power of this film. you MUST see this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max Caffyn-Parsons on 4 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Taxi Driver is simply one of the greatest films ever achieved in America Cinema. The film studies the dark and complex misanthrope, Travis Bickle, and Taxi Driver covers problems including loneliness, post-traumatic stress disorder and desperation with him. Martin Scorsese exceptionally spans the medium as well to make Taxi Driver into an absolutely evocative and fascinating experience. The cinematography from Chapman is stunning and flawless, Bernard Hermann's score is brilliantly atmospheric, and De Niro's legendary performance is tremendously mesmerizing and powerful. Travis Bickle is also one of the greatest anti-heroes ever portrayed in cinema and he is an absolutely fascinating being. Taxi Driver exceptionally depicts the problems of a corrupt inner-city world with him and the film achieves to craft a bold and very powerful study of it.

The Blu-Ray for Taxi Driver beautifully restores this heavily and truly lauded film and makes each shot amazing and haunting. Overall, Taxi Driver is a powerful, stunning and mesmerizing character study and one of the finest ever portrayed.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. MAGUIRE on 15 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
My mum lent me this film when I was bored one day, I hadn't seen it before. I was adamante of watching a film made in the 70's (a silly but corrected mistake)but it blew me away on so many levels. Martin Scorsece's portrayal of an ex-Vietnam soldier trying to adjust to every day life is superb. He is throwing into a society that completely sickens him, he suffers from insomnia and can't sleep so he becomes a Taxi Driver. The brilliant thing about this movie is that you can see the mental decomposition of Travis Bickle's character through a series of events. Through I believe no fault of his own Travis messes up a possible relationship with Betsy. (Cybill Shephard) He find's something to live for through Iris(Jodie Foster)a 13 year old prostitute. You understand why he does what he does at the end of the film. At some point in everyone's life we get really lonely, Travis Bickle is going through this stage, and you recognise it instantly. I have to admit the most chilling thing about Travis Bickkle's character is that he pauses during conversations! Martin Scorcese's use of cinematography and his filming style in this film is superb! I dont' want to go on, PLEASE WATCH THIS FILM, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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