New York City taxi driver and Vietnam war veteran Travis Bickle spirals into a violent obsession, fueled by his alienation and the deterioration he sees in modern society. A landmark of the New Hollywood era, definite must-watch film for anyone with an interest in cinema.
Taxi Driver is a social and political commentary, relevant to this day, interpreted as an aim towards dissecting violent behavior and the human psyche. Tackles the themes of loneliness and alienation in the big city, hate, misanthropy and the long-term effects of war on Western society.
Incredible performance from the genius of Robert De Niro, supported well by the likes of a young Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel.
Masterful direction of an excellent screenplay by Paul Schrader. Michael Chapman’s cinematography, with a definite “noir” look has been an inspiration to filmmakers ever since the film’s release.
The soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann is brilliant and haunting, fitting the tone of the film with absolute perfection. This the last film that the great composer worked on, dedicated in his memory.
Winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards.
Taxi Driver Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel