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

Taxi Driver is a classic 70’s film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro. It co-stars a young Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel and Cybill Shepherd. The screenplay was written by Paul Schrader. In it, Robert De Niro plays a taxi driver named Travis Bickle. Travis Bickle is an extremely anti-social, ex-marine who suffers from insomnia. When he is not driving a taxi for 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week, he is sitting in his apartment watching television and keeping a brooding diary. He tries to strike up a relationship with a campaign volunteer, Betsy (Shepherd), but stumbles when he takes her to an adult movie theater on their first date.

He becomes increasingly disillusioned with New York City, which is rife with street crime and prostitution. His thoughts start to become violent, as he wishes to wipe the streets clean of filth. To act out his vigilante fantasies, he begins to stock up on weapons and puts himself through intense physical training. One night, he stops a thief in a convenience store by shooting him.

When he meets Iris, a 12-year-old child prostitute (Foster), his desire to take action against the evil influences in the city grows exponentially. He becomes obsessed with saving Iris from her pimp (Keitel) and returning her to her family. He also becomes fixated on New York City’s senator, Charles Palantine, and intends to assassinate the political figure. He shaves his hair into a menacing mohawk and dons a baggy, military-style coat to conceal his weapons. When he is unsuccessful at his assassination attempt, he goes off in search of the Iris's pimp in order to exact revenge.

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| 1976 | 1 min | 8.3/10
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