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Taxi Driver

1976

Taxi Driver is the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence. It is as if director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader had tapped into precisely the same source of psychological inspiration ("I just knew I had to make this film," Scorsese would later say), combined with a perfectly timed post-Watergate expression of personal, political, and societal anxiety. Robert De Niro, as the tortured, ex-Marine cab driver Travis Bickle, made movie history with his chilling performance as one of the most memorably intense and vividly realized characters ever committed to film. Bickle is a self-appointed vigilante who views his urban beat as an intolerable cesspool of blighted humanity. He plays guardian angel for a young prostitute (Jodie Foster), but not without violently devastating consequences. This masterpiece, which is not for all tastes, is sure to horrify some viewers, but few could deny the film's lasting power and importance. --Jeff Shannon
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Iris:
So what makes you so high and mighty. Will you tell me that? Didn't you ever try lookin' in your own eyeballs in the mirror?

Travis:
So what are you gonna do about Sport, that ol' bastard?

Iris:
When?

Travis:
When you leave.

Iris:
I don't know. I just leave him, I guess.

Travis:
You just gonna leave?

Iris:
Yeah, they got plenty of other girls.

Travis:
Yeah, but you just can't do that. What are you gonna do?

Iris:
What do you want me to do? Call the cops?

Travis:
What? The cops don't do nothin'. You know that.

Iris:
Hey look. Sport never treated me bad. I mean he didn't beat me up or anything like that once.

Travis:
But you can't allow him to do the same to other girls. You can't allow him to do that. He is the lowest kind of person in the world. Somebody's got to do something to him. He's the scum of the earth. He's the worst s-s-sucking scum I have ever, ever seen. You know what he told me about you? He called you names. He called you a little piece of chicken.

Iris:
He doesn't, he doesn't mean that. I'll move up to one of them communes in Vermont.

Travis:
I never seen a commune before, but I don't know, you know, I saw some pictures once in a magazine - didn't look very clean.

Iris:
Well why don't you come to the commune with me?

Travis:
Why not cum, come in a commune with you? Oh no.

Iris:
Why not?

Travis:
I don't, I don't go to places like that.

Iris:
Oh come on, why not?

Travis:
No, I don't get along with people like that.

Iris:
Are you a Scorpion?

Travis:
What?

Iris:
That's it. You're a Scorpion. I can tell every time.

Travis:
Besides, I gotta stay here.

Iris:
Come on, why?

Travis:
I got somethin' very important to do.

Iris:
Oh, so what's so important?

Travis:
Doin' somethin' for the government. Cab thing is just part-time.

Iris:
Are you a narc?

Travis:
Do I look like a narc?

Iris:
Yeah. [laughing]

Travis:
I am a narc.

Iris:
God, I don't know who's weirder, you or me? Sure you don't want to come with me?

Travis:
Well, I tell ya what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna give ya the money to go.

Iris:
Oh no, look, you don't have to do that.

Travis:
No, no. I want you to take it. I don't want ya to take anything from them. And I wanna do it. I don't have anything better to do with my money. I might be goin' away for a while.

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