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Taglines: On every street in every city in this country, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Travis Bickle is a Vietnam war veteran who has had to go through a real nightmare. On the other side, he saw how innocent people were tortured and killed. He witnessed those things that now he can never get out of his head. And upon returning from service, Travis begins to seriously suffer from post-traumatic syndrome, which causes insomnia. Most of his time, Travis loitered around the streets of his native city, visiting various institutions and unsuccessfully trying to make at least some kind of acquaintance.
But practically no one can understand the feelings and feelings of a veteran who survived the war. One day, he still finds the meaning of his existence. It all started with the fact that being idle, he gets a night taxi driver in a local company, slowly spreading a variety of clients to the specified addresses. And these people let Travis find out about all the dirt that has flooded the night streets. And no one is trying to cleanse them of crime, falsehood and prostitution. Having met with a young prostitute, Travis decides to save her from this trap, for which he will resort to using the most radical methods.
Creators: Paul Schrader
Director: Martin Scorsese
Star Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Cybill Shepherd
Producer (s): Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
Cinematographer: Michael Chapman
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Production House: Bill/Phillips Productions, Italo/Judeo Productions
Original network / Official Sites: Columbia Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Bill/Phillips
Release Year: 9 February 1976 (USA)
Runtime: 114 min
Genres: Crime, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Bengali
Travis Bickle is a lonely, depressed 26-year-old honorably discharged U.S. Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in isolation in New York City. Travis takes a job as a night shift taxi driver to cope with his chronic insomnia, driving passengers around the city’s boroughs. He frequents the porn theaters on 42nd Street and keeps a diary in which he consciously attempts to include aphorisms, such as “you’re only as healthy as you feel.”
Travis becomes infatuated with Betsy, a campaign volunteer for senator and presidential candidate Charles Palantine. After watching her interact with fellow worker Tom through her window, Travis enters to volunteer as a pretext to talk to her, then takes her out for coffee. Betsy agrees to go on another date with him, during which he takes her to see a pornographic film. A disgusted Betsy leaves. Travis attempts to reconcile with her, to no avail. Enraged, he storms into the campaign office where she works and berates her, before he is ordered to leave by Tom. Travis concedes that she is “just like the others”.
Travis is disgusted by the sleaze, dysfunction, and prostitution that he witnesses throughout the city, and struggles to find meaning for his existence. Travis confides in fellow taxi driver Wizard about his thoughts, which are beginning to turn violent; however, Wizard assures him that he will be fine, leaving Travis to his own destructive path. In an attempt to find an outlet for his frustrations, Travis begins a program of intense physical training. A fellow taxi driver refers him to a black market gun dealer, “Easy” Andy, from whom Travis buys four handguns. At home, Travis practices drawing his weapons, and modifies one to allow him to hide and quickly deploy it from his sleeve. He also begins attending Palantine’s rallies to scope out their security. One night, Travis enters a convenience store moments before an attempted armed robbery, and kills the robber.
On his trips around the city, Travis regularly encounters Iris, a child prostitute. He fantasizes about saving her from her life of exploitation. Travis solicits her and tries to convince her to stop prostituting herself and go home to her parents, and gives her money to start a new life. Soon after, Travis cuts his hair into a mohawk, and attends a public rally where he plans to assassinate Palantine. However, he is chased away by Secret Service agents who see him drawing his gun.
That evening, Travis drives to the brothel where Iris works. He confronts Iris’s pimp, “Sport”, outside of the brothel, and shoots him with his gun. He enters the building and engages in a shootout with Sport, the bouncer, and Iris’s client, and is shot several times. Travis manages to kill the three men, before slumping on a couch next to a sobbing Iris. He attempts to kill himself, but is out of bullets. As police report to the scene, a delirious Travis imitates shooting himself in the head.
Travis goes into a coma due to his injuries. He is heralded by the press as a heroic vigilante, and is not prosecuted for the murder of the men. He receives a letter from Iris’s father, thanking him for saving her. After recovering, Travis returns to work, where he encounters Betsy as a fare. Travis drives her home, and allows her to leave without paying her fare, departing with a smile. As Travis drives off, he becomes suddenly agitated after noticing something in his rear-view mirror.