Taxi Driver movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This classic drama is very deep-rooted and will remain an unforgettable story to pretty much everyone. Released in the 70s, Taxi Driver is sometimes slow, but usually entertaining, and is not for kids.


A mentally unstable veteran who works as a taxi driver in New York City is driven to save an underage prostitute in a way to start cleaning the city of its filth and corruption.

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Movie details

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris, Albert Brooks
Writer: Paul Schrader
Release Date (Australia): 10 June 1976
Runtime: 114 minutes/1h 54m
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong thematic content relating to child prostitution.

Violence (R18+)

The film contains scenes in which people are shot, with accompanying spurts and spatters of blood and blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains use of the words “s**t”, “f**k”, “damn” and “hell”, as well as a single use of the word “c**ts”.

Drug Use (M)

The film features use of pills, implicitly amphetamines, as well as infrequent mild references to drug use.

Nudity (PG)

The film features brief buttocks nudity in the context of sexualised imagery.

Sex (MA15+)

The film contains brief depictions of sex scenes and use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The roles of direction and performance presented by Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro are the chief components to making Taxi Driver a gleaming classic. However, there’s a massive lack of story between the expected relationship of the lead with the underage prostitute. But the film consistently manages to immerse you into its latching design.

Honestly, the deficiency of the promised plot is the biggest but only disappointment of Taxi Driver. Set in New York City, the film follows the life of a struggling driver wishing to terminate the city’s corruption. The focused topics of the character played by Robert De Niro are some solemnly remarkable ideas. It’s enough to call this classic, “relevant”, but there was not enough to the film’s direct plan.

Viewing this gem 45 years after its release is likely to cause you to notice that despite it being an oldie-but-a-goodie, it’s incredibly violent and well produced for its time. Therefore, a big well-done goes to the cast and crew. Also, audiences of insanity will appreciate almost every scene within Taxi Driver. De Niro’s award-winning performance is truly earned with no regrets, as he portrays his character so phenomenally. 

By the time the film has ended, you’ll realise Taxi Driver is one of Scorsese’s best crime classics, obviously worth a watch. All stars go to the portrait of a disturbed man, but fewer stars go to the film’s lack of activity.

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