Taxi Driver is the fourth winner from our audience vote. Scorcese, De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader’s masterpiece can all be boiled down to one line, one challenge…“You talkin’ to me?” But, it is Bernard Herrmann’s stunning Jazz score – accompanied by his ambient orchestrated sound of the city – that gives a contrastingly romantic and subtle narrative insight into De Niro’s mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran. As he works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City the music tracks the inner world behind the surface images and voice-over dialogue we listen to on screen, the perceived decadence and sleaze that feeds his urge for violent action and lead him to attempt to save a pre-adolescent prostitute.
A critical and commercial success upon release and nominated for four Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (for De Niro) and Best Supporting Actress (for Foster), Taxi Driver won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. It is regularly cited by critics, film directors, and audiences alike as one of the greatest films of all time.
Running Time: 1hr 53mins
BBFC Advice: 18
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Country of Origin: USA
Year of release: 1976
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