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Friday, June 15, 2007

Taxi Driver

Plot summary

Vietnam vet Travis Bickle is 26, a loner in the mean streets of New York City, slipping slowly into isolation and violent misanthropy. In solving his insomnia by driving a yellow cab on the night shift, he grows increasingly disgusted by the low-lifes that hang out at night: "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." His touching attempts to woo Betsy, a Senator's campaign worker, turn sour when he takes her to a porn movie on their first date. He even fails in his attempt to persuade child prostitute Iris to desert her pimp and return to her parents and school. Driven to the edge by powerlessness, he buys four handguns and sets out to assassinate the Senator, heading for the infamy of a 'lone crazed gunman'... Written by Tim Jones {}

New York City cab driver Travis Bickle constantly, almost obsessively, reflects on the ugly corruption of life around him, and becomes increasingly disturbed over his own loneliness and alienation. In nearly every phase of his life, Bickle remains a complete outsider, failing to make emotional contact with anyone. Unable to sleep night after night, Travis haunts the local pornography emporiums to find diversion, and begins desperately thinking about an escape from his depressing existence. Written by filmfactsman

Cast of Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro ... Travis Bickle (as Robert DeNiro)

Cybill Shepherd ... Betsy

Peter Boyle ... Wizard

Jodie Foster ... Iris Steensma

Harvey Keitel ... 'Sport' Matthew
Leonard Harris ... Senator Charles Palantine

Albert Brooks ... Tom
Diahnne Abbott ... Concession Girl
Frank Adu ... Angry Black Man
Gino Ardito ... Policeman at Rally
Victor Argo ... Melio (as Vic Argo)
Garth Avery ... Iris' Friend
Harry Cohn ... Cabbie in Bellmore
Copper Cunningham ... Hooker in Cab
Brenda Dickson-Weinberg ... Soap Opera Woman (as Brenda Dickson)

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