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Classic movie review: Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro

What happens when you throw in one of the world’s best directors with some of the most talented actors on the planet, to work on a brilliant screenplay? You get the stuff made of legends that’s what. And that’s exactly what 1976 movie Taxi Driver is.
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A lot of movie fans of this generation may not have heard of this stunning and powerful film, (It was released way before Facebook and Twitter) but trust me, it is one the movies you have to see before you die. After you get old that is. I’m not trying to hex your destiny. Ha!
Strangely, this great film came at the time when Robert De Niro was not even famous, and the leading lady Cybill shepherd had never even heard of the TV hit Moonlighting,  which eventually made her a household name. And legendary director Martin Scorsese was only known as a talented, up and coming director.

It didn’t make a difference. All the ingredients were right, all the players were loaded with talent and underlying star power. Result;  the film was dynamite.

Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel, Taxi Driver is the thought provoking story of Vietnam Vet Travis Bickle and his scary slide into Sociopathic Psychosis.
This was the movie that brought on a strong wave of interest in these relatively unknown actors and director, and remains so to this day.

Taxi driver didn’t just make the question “You talking to me?” (Ominously uttered by a quietly depraved De Niro about to blow someone’s head open) famous, It became an Iconic movie with a cult following. It comfortably fell in with likes of Marlon Brando’s Apocalypse Now, Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, and  even Al Pacino’s Scarface.

Forget the fact that this piece of entertainment was made decades ago, before YouTuBe and Instagram. It is a collector’s item. A movie to see, see again, and keep with you to see again as the years go by.
Its terrific performances, editing and typically amazing directing by Scorcese are only part of what Makes this 70’s Hollywood movie  great. The whole package of excellence simply makes it a masterpiece of cinema for any era.

Personally it ranks amongst my top 20 greatest movies of alltime. A gripping and intriguing film that brings to mind the troubling realization that they don’t make movies like this anymore. Simple, yet powerful films that touch the soul, inspire the mind and remain in the heart forever.



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