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Taxi Driver (1976) Movie Reviews

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09/14/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Characteristics of a masterpiece.

An observation. A continuation. An infatuation. An obsession. A culmination.
Taxi Driver may be the best character study ever made.

Travis Bickle has gone down in film history as the insomniac taxi driver/amoral philanthropist. For good reason.
Robert De Niro is one of my favorite actors, and I consider this his crowning achievement. The visceral tone and sense of calm he brings to this character who starts out so minute and bursts into insanity is incredible.
His character owes a lot to the brilliant script by Paul Schrader. Man, that guy knows how to effectively construct characters who know how to interact with each other. Some of these scenes are golden, especially the ones without dialogue, or just a shot of Travis' eyes ever-observing the city's grimy nightlife.

This is Mar...

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04/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The odyssey of insanity

This is one of most brilliant scripts ever. It should be called The odyssey of insanity.
Why is he insane? City filled with "scum" is one big reason, enviroment in which 12 year old girl is prostitue is not enviroment where someone wants to live. Another reason is that main character is not very good in relationship with people, or is it better to say that he is completely alone and as such he doesnt see people in very positive light. One person he saw in positive light is that girl he took to porn film not knowing how is she going to react on that. That for sure scared her, and he felt even bigger hostility toward his enviroment. he had to do something. And at this point everyone can feel what he feels and that is something we have to thank for to writer and director. First he tries to ...

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08/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Taxi Driver review

Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, is a former Marine and a taxi driver who enjoys pornography and women. He meets Betsy (Cybill Shepard), campaign volunteer for New York Senator Charles Palantine. Bickle encounters a 12 year old prostitute named Iris (Jodie Foster). He finds a way to let Iris escape from Sport (Harvey Keitel). An enthralling screenplay, endearing score and excellent cinematography that showed the hellish streets, the picture exemplifies societies vile. Flow of the film was flawlessly accomplished. Foster and De Niro were brilliant in their roles; you see the charm in Iris and the recluse nature of Travis. Some memorable quotes: Travis Bickle – “Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.” “All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go...

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11/05/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

You talkin' to me?

In my first viewing of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, I thought it was a very well made film and respected the fact that it was in fact one of the greatest films ever made. However, I simply didn't like it as much as other people did. There was something missing that made Scorsese's other films so great, that little spark that worked well in Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and even Casino. But in my second viewing I saw what made this film a true masterpiece. And boy was it clear.

Taxi Driver is the story of Travis Bickle. Travis is a psychopath. He grows tired of the scum and the cockroaches that infest the streets. He is soon driven to violence and even goes as far as to attempt to assasinate a senator and save a young hooker from her pimp.

The film is pretty much a one man show that ri...

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08/25/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A disturbing yet fascinating Scorses Masterpiece!

It's not everyday when you come across an "out of body' experience. The last time I felt it at the movies was when I saw Star Wars. That was before I saw Taxi Driver. I rented Taxi Driver and was blown away. I couldn't even say a word until ten minutes after it was over. How was it that a movie like this could have such an impact?

The film stars Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle who takes on a taxi career after serving in the Marines in Vietnam and suffering from some horrible discharge. From the beginning we already feel something unpleasant about Travis. We can see that he's lonely, reserved and a bit socially awkward. We sense something more intense underneath but we don't really know what it is. Wandering into porn movie theaters makes him seem even more lonely and perverted. This is ...

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05/02/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

You Talkin' to Me?....#19

One of the most spectacular films of all time, Taxi Driver is Robert DeNiro's acting masterpiece and one of Martin Scorsese's finest directing achievements. DeNiro plays Travis Bickle, a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran who drives a NYC taxi at night while continuing to let the city-filled sleeze that accompany him in his cab get the better of him. Bickle becomes obsessed with politics, wanting to rid the city of all the filth and crime and lastly a woman (Cybill Shepherd) and it all starts to boil over. Now completely filled with anger and coupled with his love interests' rejection, Bickle lashes out violently while attempting to save an underage prostitute (Jodie Foster) in the process. Scorsese's direction is magnificent again giving scene after scene of near perfect precision. Pe...

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05/31/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Wow

New York City cab driver Travis Bickle constantly, almost obsessively, reflects on the ugly corruption of life around him, and becomes increasingly disturbed over his own loneliness and alienation. In nearly every phase of his life, Bickle remains a complete outsider, failing to make emotional contact with anyone. Unable to sleep night after night, Travis haunts the local pornography emporiums to find diversion, and begins desperately thinking about an escape from his depressing existence.

Taxi Driver is an astonishing movie. One of Scorcese's earlier but better films he has ever done. With a gripping performance by none other than Robert DeNiro and a character story which is done with perfection, the movie is perfect. Though a little slow, it is gripping the way that this character c...

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