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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 12 July 2007
Format: DVD
Scorsese injects a real understanding of the place and a real sense of foreboding into even the earliest scenes. He inserts clever and meaningful shots into scenes that other directors might just have filmed straight and his choice of scene and shot compliments the script is depicting Travis descending into madness. What makes the film even better is De Niro showing the type of form that makes his recent form such a major disappointment. He is outstanding as he moves Travis from being relatively normal to being eaten up from the inside out. His eventual implosion is impressive but it is only as impressive as the gradual slide he depicts over the course of the film. Although he dominates it, others impress as well. Foster stands out in a small role, while Keitel makes a good impression as the pimp. Shepherd is not quite as good but her character was not as well written as the others so it isn't all down to her. Regardless, the film belongs to De Niro and although the quotable scenes are the ones that are remembered it is in the quieter moments where he excels and shows genuine talent and understanding.

Overall an impressive and morally depressing film that deserves its place in cinematic history. The portrayal of a city and a man slipping into moral insanity is convincing and engaging and it shows how well to "do" modern madness and the effects of the moral void of parts of society. Scorsese directs as a master despite this being at an early stage in his career and De Niro is chillingly effective as he simply dominates the film in quiet moments and quotable moments alike. I rarely use phrases like "modern classic" because I think they are lazy but this is one film that certainly deserves such a label. Also ranked as the 36th top film of all time by [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "norfenstauder" on 18 Nov 2002
Format: VHS Tape
It is impossible for me to review Taxi Driver without sounding like a nutcase, but I'll try my best. The film is about Travis Bickle, a lonely, disillusioned war veteran who joins a taxi service because he can't sleep at nights (the filth and scum and general odour of degredation gives him headaches). Gradually, through a series of brief but important relationships with a beatiful campaign worker, a teenage prostitute, a psycho who plans to kill his wife and a presidential candidate, Travis becomes ever more warped on "really DOING something". I won't ruin the rest of it for you, even though most people will know what happens by the film's reputation anyway. What makes this film great is its atmosphere, combined with Robert De Niro's disturbingly casual performance as Travis. His monotonous drawl, especially when reading his diary entries, somehow adds to film's unnerving acceptance of what ensues to create a general sense of inevitability about what happens.
The most important aspect of Taxi Driver is the sympathy we feel for Travis, mostly gained through his bungled relationship with Betsy the campaign worker Cybil Shepherd). If Travis was just a demented psycopath who went on a murder spree because he was a madman, the eponymous "end scene" would lose its effect. As it stands, a substantial amount of pathos is built up for Travis' character. Because we know he is a social retard, we can understand the mistake he makes when taking Betsy on a date to a dirty movie, and can understand his angry reaction when she snubs his attempts to reconcile, because we have seen how much he idolized her beforehand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The DVD I had of this was a crude transfer with annoying artifacts. Switching between the DVD and the Bluray is like night and day. In addition to resolution, the colours are lighter and cleaner which i didn't immediately prefer due to familiarity with the DVD, but have since adapted to and imagine this is more representative of clean film stock.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Brooks on 13 Mar 2012
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This is a brilliant film; for me it's aesthetically beautiful (the Taxi bumper shots showing the bright lights of New York are stunning), it's also got a lovely melancholic jazz soundtrack that highlights Travis' perceived pointlessness and ambling in and through life.

(Plot spoilers) The story is simple: an insomniac wants to better spend his sleepless nights so enrols to drive taxis, slowly but surely falling into the abyss of loneliness and insanity. He witnesses the depraved and seedy nature of New York at night (prostitutes, drug dealers et al.) and brands them the scum of the earth. This, ironically, coming from a man who regularly visits dirty movie theatres. At the same time, we see Travis develop obsessions with Betsy who is a campaign worker for Palantine, a presidential candidate. Soon after their relationship develops, Travis makes the mistake of taking her to one of the aforementioned dirty movies, which immediately sees an end to this relationship. Travis later angrily confronts her and makes various violent remarks towards her, the first sign of his unstable mental state. Throughout the film Travis encounters a young child prostitute who he feels is being forced against her will to ply her trade. Meanwhile he begins training and preparing to assassinate Palantine. When it comes to it however, he fails to do so after being spotted by Secret Service Agents before he attempts the assassination. His desire to exact violence upon those he despises (Palantine for his connection to Betsy) leads him to the location of the child prostitute who he feels he must help escape from prostitution. Therefore, he murders her pimp, the bouncer and her customer (these being the scum of the earth that he despises). He is injured in the battle and fails to commit suicide.
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