Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese’s marvellous and enduring ‘Taxi Driver’ is enjoying a thirty-fifth-anniversary re-release in the same week as its star, Robert De Niro, assumes the role of jury president at Cannes – where the film won the Palme d’Or in 1976.

Right from the opening credits, as we spy a cab emerging from steam and the eyes of Travis Bickle (De Niro) reflected in his rear-view mirror, we know we’re in someone’s personal hell. Bickle, as written by Paul Schrader, is a nasty but also oddly charming time-bomb of alienation and loneliness. One minute, we give him the time of day; the next, we recoil at his violence. Later on, we might think he’s dangerous, especially around women like Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), and yet we watch him in a café with teen prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster) and he seems less vile than the gangsters and pushers of her world. Bickle is complex, intriguing and never one-note. New York is the film’s other antihero, and mostly we see the city through the filter of Bickle’s paranoia. Don’t miss Scorsese’s own cameo as a nervy wreck in the back of his cab.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday May 13 2011
Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter: Paul Schrader
Cast: Leonard Harris
Albert Brooks
Peter Boyle
Cybill Shepherd
Robert De Niro
Martin Scorsese
Steven Prince
Diahnne Abbot
Harvey Keitel
Jodie Foster

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5 / 5

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Daniel

A film where everything comes together - the acting, the writing, the direction (plus Hermann's soundtrack!). Doesn't get better than this

Daniel

A film where everything comes together - the acting, the writing, the direction (plus Hermann's soundtrack!). Doesn't get better than this

Magmabulle

Scorsese's biggest masterpiece, a powerful story showing Robert De Niro at the top of his game.

Magmabulle

Scorsese's biggest masterpiece, a powerful story showing Robert De Niro at the top of his game.