Sunday, July 28, 2013

Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese

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

More info: IMDb

Tagline: On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.

Plot: A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Man, I haven't seen this one in a while.  Great flick.  Great performances, direction, writing, cinematography (boy, New York looks like a living, breathing city in this one), score (Bernard Herrmann's last score - he died within hours of recording the last cue), etc.  I remember the ending threw me off when I first watched it over 25 years ago.  It seemed pretty surreal.  It's all good now.  What a great soundtrack, though.  Some of the tracks just ooze desperation and doom.

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