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    « On every street in every city in this country, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.»
    Runtime 1 hr 54 min
    Budget $1 900 000
    Premiere: World $28 570 902 March 19, 1976
    USA $28 262 574
    Other countries $308 328
    Box Office – Budget $26 670 902
    Premiere: USA $28 262 574 February 8, 1976
    theaters 15
    rollout 320 days
    Digital: World April 4, 2006
    Parental Advisory Frightening & Intense Scenes, Profanity, Violence & Gore, Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking, ..., Sex & Nudity
    • Frightening & Intense Scenes


    • Profanity


    • Violence & Gore


    • Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking


    • Sex & Nudity


    Production Companies Columbia PicturesBill/PhillipsItalo/Judeo Productions


    A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action.

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    According to director Martin Scorsese, it was Brian De Palma who introduced him to Paul Schrader. Taxi Driver arose from Scorsese feeling that movies are like dreams or drug-induced reveries; he attempted to inculcate within the viewer the feeling of being in a limbo state between sleeping and waking. The director also cites Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956) and Jack Hazan's A Bigger Splash (1973) as inspirations for his camerawork in the movie. In writing the script, Schrader was inspired by the diaries of Arthur Bremer (who shot presidential candidate George Wallace in 1972). He was also inspired by the Harry Chapin song Taxi, about an old girlfriend getting into a cab. For the ending of the story, when Bickle becomes a media hero, Schrader was inspired by Squeaky Fromme's attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford, which resulted in her being on the cover of Newsweek.

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