18 certificateTaxi Driver is a Film programme that first aired in 1976 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Taxi Driver is a 5 star programme

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Taxi Driver (1976)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese

Taxi Driver was the film that brought director Martin Scorsese to prominence, and gave Robert De Niro one of his finest roles. Nominated for four Oscars, this tense, disturbing and brutally violent psychological drama is now seen as a landmark of modern American cinema. Mesmerising on its release in 1976, it still has unbridled power to shock today.

De Niro steals the show as the lonely, isolated, mentally unhinged ex-Marine Travis Bickle, who becomes a night-time New York taxi driver, prepared to take on any job, anywhere, any time of night.

The supporting cast are on the button too, especially Jodie Foster in her breakout role as teenage prostitute Iris, Harvey Keitel as Iris's pimp "Sport" Matthew and Cybill Shepherd as the unobtainable senatorial aide Betsy. Look out too for a disturbing cameo from Scorsese himself as one of Bickle's passengers. Nasty.

And adding the icing on the cake is Bernard Herrmann's original score, especially effective early on during the film, where Bickle describes the New York that he drives around: "All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets."

Quite. One of the all-time great movies, it's a must-see.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 1976

5/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Robert de NiroRobert de Niro...Travis Bickle
Image for Cybill ShepherdCybill Shepherd...Betsy
Peter Boyle...Wizard
Image for Jodie FosterJodie Foster...Iris Steensma
Image for Harvey KeitelHarvey Keitel...'Sport' Matthew
Leonard Harris...Sen. Charles Palantine
Albert Brooks...Tom
Diahnne Abbott...Concession girl
Frank Adu...Angry black man
Gino Ardito...Policeman at rally
Victor Argo...Melio
Garth Avery...Iris' friend
Harry Cohn...Cabbie in Bellmore
Copper Cunningham...Hooker in cab
Brenda Dickson-Weinberg...Soap opera woman
Harry Fischler...Dispatcher
Nat Grant...Stickup man
Richard Higgs...Tall Secret Service man
Beau Kayser...Soap opera man
Victor Magnotta...Secret Service photographer