Taxi Driver

Release Date: February 8th, 1976

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 1997

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).

Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Leonard Harris

Director: Martin Scorsese

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Bill/Phillips, Italo/Judeo Productions, Columbia Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: New York City , Rescue , Quest , 1970s , Rise , Dark , Car ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A brilliant nightmare and like all nightmares it doesn't tell us half of what we want to know. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The film can be seen as a series of his failed attempts to connect, every one of them hopelessly wrong.... This utter aloneness is at the center of Taxi Driver, one of the best and most powerful of all films, and perhaps it is why so many people connect with it even though Travis Bickle would seem to be the most alienating of movie heroes. We have all felt as alone as Travis. Most of us are better at dealing with it. [20th Anniversary Release] show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Its deeply anarchic sensibility has kept Taxi Driver fresh all these years. [20th Anniversary Release] show more

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Awards

Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Anthony Asquith Memorial Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Winner Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Winner Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)