Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976) Genre(s): Drama

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel

Synopsis: A sleepless Viet Nam vet becomes a cab driver to take up his nights, but it doesn't alleviate his boredom.

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Newt's movie review

The box calls this one of the top 100 movies of all time and shows De Niro with a mohawk and was directed by Scorsese. Whee! I was ready for some creepy bloodshed! That's not exactly what I got.

I'm not sure if this was deep, intellectual and philosophical or slow and plodding. Maybe it was cutting edge and risqué for the time, with pimps and porn and hookers and swearing, but that's not shocking anymore. Maybe that says something for the desensitization of society these days; or perhaps just my own. Regardless, I checked the clock many times to see just when this was going to be over. I kept waiting for something to happen. When it finally did, I was relieved because that meant the movie was almost over.

The acting was great: De Niro was dark and weird, Foster (at the tender age of 13) played her role well, Shepherd was flawless in her strange and peculiar way, and the 70s were a unique time with those crazy clothes and hairstyles and creative language uses. And it didn't end the way I had expected. Overall though, give it a miss. De Niro was exactly the same in Cape Fear.

Added 13 October 2002 at 9:05 AM
Ripley's movie review

I saw this movie in the late '70s and it was shocking at the time. It left a lasting impression on me and most movies (then and now) don't do that.

I watched it again a year or so ago and I agree it's lost much of that effect. I believe that's due to the expected violence in today's movies and, as Newt said, the fact that we have become desensitized to it. It's a shame really but I think it's still a very good movie and worth watching.

Added 06 November 2002 at 2:38 AM

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