TAXI DRIVER (1976)
A film by Martin Scorsese.
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd.
Travis Bickle ( Robert De Niro) is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffer from insomnia he drives a taxi cab at night. He is a loner who can’t connect with anyone. He goes on a date with a girl , he takes her to a porno movie, he sucks up to a political figure and in the process scares him, He want to be friend with a 12 years old prostitute in the process he wants to save her and she is scared of him, he is a loner he can’t connect to any one he feels annihilated. He is talking to himself in the mirror ” are you talking to me?” This loneness is at the center of this taxi driver is the great thing about this film. We all felt all along like travis. You move to a big city like that you don’t know anybody you are all along. We all relate to that. I have seen it at least 3 times and this film is ageless and it works every time. Bickle is a Vietnam war veterans marked by the war, he has so many scares from it. Travis sees the filth in the city driving at night the criminals the scum bags that shouldn’t be there, he wants to clean the street of all this filth in the process he wants to save this 12 years old prostitute from her pimp (harvey Keitel) named Sport. I am not going to say much more that that but this end plays out just fine and gives Travis a piece of mind at least for a while. Here is another great film by martin Scorsese.