The story of one man’s descent into madness and unspeakable violence, Taxi Driver plays like a feverish nightmare. As rendered by Robert De Niro, Travis Bickle is a character unlike any other. A 26-year-old ex-Marine and Vietnam War vet, Travis moonlights as a taxi driver to cope with insomnia, but his constant interactions with New York’s dregs amidst a seedy milieu of porn theaters, prostitutes, and pimps bring him closer and closer to the edge of oblivion. In his first feature with solo top billing, De Niro completely inhabits Travis, channeling his disturbing depths and human complexities with unnerving lucidity. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
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