Taxi Driver (1976)
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Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel
Taxi Driver ranked # 47 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Taxi Driver is a 1976 American motion picture drama directed by Martin Scorsese. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most controversial films in the history of American cinema and frequently praised for its strong performances and gritty realism. The film also made stars out of both its lead actors, Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, the latter of whom was only thirteen years old when the movie was released.
Taxi Driver was a financial success and was nominated for several Academy Awards and received honors at the Cannes Film Festival. In later years, the film was ranked #47 on the American Film Institute's list of "100 Years, 100 Movies", and #22 on its "100 Years, 100 Thrills". It is consistently in the top 50 on the Internet Movie Database's list of top 250 films, and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Roger Ebert has added Taxi Driver to his list of "Great Movies."
Some critics have argued Taxi Driver is perhaps the first film to address--however indirectly--the impact of the Vietnam War on soldiers who fought in the conflict. If we accept his word that he was a U.S. Marine then it is possible that Travis (Robert De Niro) is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that was brought to major attention by the condition of some veterans of that conflict.
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