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Taxi Driver [DVD Boxset] [Limited Collector's Edition; 2-Disc Set]
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Martin Scorsese's intense film, a hallmark of 1970s filmmaking, graphically depicts the tragic consequences of urban alienation when a New York City taxi driver goes on a murderous rampage against the pitiable denizens inhabiting the city's underbelly. For psychotic, pistol-packing Vietnam vet Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), New York City seems like a circle of hell. Driving his cab each night through the bleak Manhattan streets, Bickle observes with fanatical loathing the sleazy lowlifes who comprise most of his fares. By day he haunts the porno theaters of 42nd Street, taking his cues from the violent vision of life portrayed in these movies. As badly as Travis wants to connect with the people around him--including Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a lovely blonde campaign worker, and Iris (Jodie Foster), a prepubescent prostitute he tries to save--his attempts are thwarted and his pent-up rage grows, turning him into a Mohawk-wearing walking time bomb. Scorcese fills Paul Schrader's screenplay with a tragic realism, brilliantly capturing the muck and grime of New York City. De Niro, playing the fragile hero, steps so deep inside his role that the results are deeply frightening. Bernard Herrmann's haunting score--which turned out to be his last--completes the urban nightmare.
Cannes Palme d'Or 1976
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17404
Robert De Niro, Robert DeNiro, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, Jodie Foster, Diahnne Abbott, Victor Argo, Albert Brooks, Albert Einstein, Harvey Keitel, Peter Savage, Ralph S. Singleton, Ralph Singleton, Charles Scorsese
"...De Niro's work retains so much strength and integrity you soon forget who the man is and who he became..."
Los Angeles Times
"[W]itness a gifted director assume command of the medium."
"TAXI DRIVER may be very much of its time, but if you're listening, it's still talking to you." -- Grade: A
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] timeless, noir-inspired study of the pathology of loneliness."
"[T]his is absolutely bravura-filmmaking....[Made with] intensity and craftsmanship..."
Sight and Sound
5 stars out of 5 -- "On top of Scorsese's virtuoso filmmaking, Schrader's tight-as-a-drum screenplay and De Niro's compelling commitment and shades, TAXI DRIVER thrives on its refusal to iron out its contradictions."
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts continued longevity is rooted in the capturing of a very particular male loneliness and urban alienation, which frighteningly still touches a raw nerve today."
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