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Taxi [VHS] [1999]

Samy Naceri , Frédéric Diefenthal , Gérard Pirès    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary, Emma Wiklund
  • Directors: Gérard Pirès
  • Writers: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Laurent Pétin, Luc Besson, Michèle Pétin
  • Language: French, German, Korean
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TIXE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Executive-produced by Luc Besson (The Big Blue) but directed by the far more obscure Gérard Pirès, this anodyne but perfectly amiable buddy movie-cum-policier sets up sexily scar-faced Samy Narceri as a speed-obsessed Marseilles taxi driver who's cajoled into helping clumsy cop Frédéric Diefenthal catch a gang of German bank robbers. The dialogue, characterisation and plotting are as flimsy as a rusty Lada, but they're only padding anyway between the slices of car-chase and motorway action that form the steely infrastructure of the film. These, indeed, are pretty spectacular: impressively fast, they're filmed by either low-slung bumper-mounted cameras to make the road seem perilously close or from helicopters to show just how unfaked the action is, while the generally excellent soundtrack pumps relentlessly on. The final stunt, involving an unfinished motorway overpass, is a real beauty in particular.

When not zooming round corners and round asphalt, the characters puzzle dimly over the blindingly obvious ruses of the baddies and make continually frustrated attempts to sleep with their unfeasibly pneumatic love interests. If a French lad's magazine could talk, it would look something like Taxi, which of course will be no bad thing for many a viewer. --Leslie Felperin

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Daniel is a speed-obsessed ex-pizza delivery boy, who drives a custom-built taxi which is so fast that it even evades the police radars. When he unwittingly gives a speedy lift to police officer Emelien Coutan, he is informed that he'll have to give the car up - unless he co-operates with the police, and acts as Emelien's personal driver. Daniel agrees to the deal, and ends up in high-speed pursuit of German thieves.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 5 Nov 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is the only film that I have rented out more than three times! I think that it is that good. The film is great for people who are into cars and chase scenes. Daniel in his BTCC 406, and the Germans in there Merc 500E's. Great to watch.(Plus you get to hear a throaty V8 roar!) Unfortunatly it is only avalible in french. Please, only buy/rent the subtitled one. I was unlucky to watch a dubbed version. Some of the worst dubbing I've seen. Avoid. I've ordered the soundtrack for it. Only decent french music that I've heard really. Can't wait for Taxi 2, and possibly its game, which I've played in demo form. Its not too bad. Overall, an unmissable film for speed junkies!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Entertainment 18 Oct 2005
This is a highly entertaining film that is definitely one to buy as it is a film that can be watched again and again.
The cast is excellent with each member fitting their role, with the interaction between both Daniel and Emilien as well as the supporting cast such as Lilly and Camille being first class, this results in the humour being excellent from start to finish. The film is not just comedy though there are some fast car chases, which have some great camera work and they fit in with the style of the film and are definitely entertaining.
Incase you didn't know this is a French film, as can be seen from the patriotic use of a Peugeot as "the" car. This also means that the audio is French only with English subtitles but this doesn't detract from the film and as with most good subtitled films after a while you don't even notice that you are reading them.
Perhaps the weakest aspect of the film is the script but it is not bad and there is enough present with the comedy moments, cast and car chase scenes to stop you really noticing. All in all this is a film that doesn't try to be anything other than it is, its not over complicated and is something you can just sit down relax and enjoy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Vica
Hollywood certainly does not, testament to this would be the 2004 hideous rehash involving Queen Latifa and some Swedish orientated girls performing the heist. The reason why the remake is so damned awful, is that Americans do not understand the subtlties of European humour, failing to realise that slap stick and obvious ploys to get women dressed in next to nothing do not work, nor does the ebonical slang that haunts many a film, spoken from stereotypical aggressive blacks.

Anywho...I don't own many comedy films in the film collection, often the formula is repetitive, and certain films can only be endured a handful of times before coming tiresome, and placed in the back of ones collection to gather dust, to be left there until the time comes when DVD's are replaced by something else all together. Taxi, however, is a severely enjoyable romp, which I can find myself watching on a frequent basis as the film is just so damned entertaining.

A Luc Besson script, but not directed by him, presents us with our two main characters, Daniel the greatest pizza delivery boy turned Taxi Driver, and Emilien the most bumbling police officer since Inspector Gadget. The humour is grand, and the difference between the two is highlighted from the very beginning. Daniel is the smooth charmer, from which the humour associated with him comes at the expense of those around him, whilst Emilien is the source of all the gags he provides due to his nature as a complete incompetent (this highlighted brilliantly in the scene where he is learning to drive). But do not let this fool you Emilien is a hard working honest man, and he is in no way handicapped, bar possibly his attempts of trying "too" hard.

The humour is understated which truly makes this one of the greats.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Rocks! 13 Dec 2004
This film is just fantastic in every way and yes you have probally heard it is in french so you have to read the sub-titles but my god dont let that put you off!
Taxi is filled with exciting action and is also very funny in places, it is also much better than The Fast And The Furious films, trust me. Plus the film's soundtrack is brilliant! So if you want to watch a film that is just purely enjoyable and entertaining, this is the one!
After watching Taxi for the first time i straight away rated it as a classic and i was so dissapointed when i heard Hollywood had gone and made a re-make which by the way is just awful! Which just proves this really is a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film which puts hollywood to shame. 3 Feb 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
Its a film with some of the best chase sequences i have seen yet. Without the total need to computer animate every part of it they went out and did it for real. Ok the plot is a bit quirky but so are most French films. People who go and watch this film will never look at other films the same it has it all Cars, Girls, Chases and classic cops and robbers plus a taxi driver.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est vraiment genial! 10 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Brilliant film set in Marseille! Features Sammy Naceri driving his soupped up Peugeuot 406 around Marseille at crazy speeds! The film was very popular in france and features a superb soundtrack by french hip hop crew IAM. Both the film and music CD were number 1 in France for ages. TAXI 2 has been out in France since March 29th, 2000.
A great film, but a little on the short site. And the iffy translation (Poutain does not mean WOW!)
I advise anyone goes see it. the DVD doesnt have any extras except the trailer and cast info which is a shame as some interviews would have been nice. Cant wait for Taxi 2 DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hi
I watched it many years ago and recommended for some friend and bought it for them . I think is funy
Published 1 month ago by Andrea Matuz
5.0 out of 5 stars Taxi film
I found the film very good and also very interesting and would be interested in other films from the same director.
Published 1 month ago by patrick vickers
2.0 out of 5 stars very overrated!!!!!!
This is one of the most overrated films I have ever bought, and as such I advise you not to make the same mistake and fall for the reviews posted on this website. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A.Sud
3.0 out of 5 stars its okay
did not play full screen, played movie on centred of screen. its watchable but full screen is better as we all know.
I played it on my Blu-ray player and not on a dvd player.
Published 4 months ago by Mohammed87
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning
Sets up the entire series - shows the beginning relationship between all characters, and is action packed. From Pizza to the police station.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
This is just brilliant even though you have to read the subtitles. Bought it for my husband for Christmas, but we have seen the film before - can't wait to see it again, followed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Great action comedy with a Gallic twist, poor DVD
As films go, Taxi might be no more than a bit of fluff, but its infectious energy makes for a compelling 86 minutes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anorakus
5.0 out of 5 stars taxi
the movie taxi by luc besson came today in exelent condition and is in english dubbed which i why i bought it in the first place and i am really happy with how fast the seller mike... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
this is a very funny film that american has had to remake but the french version stay very good in the making
Published 17 months ago by Ms. F. Thepot
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
you must see it!!!!!!!!!! brilliant action comedy. enjoyed by all family, including younger ones. kids like to watch it around all the time now.
Published on 26 May 2012 by whitney
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