Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

6:30pm - Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020

"Are you talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here."

The Rio Theatre is tipping our hat to iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese - on his birthday! - with a screening of one of our all-time most requested titles of his, Taxi Driver. Scripted by Paul Schrader (who also wrote Raging Bull), Scorsese's psychological thriller offers one of the quintessential cinematic captures of New York City at peak 70s grit in a film that borders on the neo-noir. Robert De Niro offers a career-defining performance as Travis Bickle, a Vietnam vet who is effectively a mentally disturbed loner. Suffering from insomnia, Bickle takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly and growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy metropolis. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster). Also starring Harvey Keitel, Albert Brooks, and Peter Boyle.

"Utter aloneness is at the center of Taxi Driver, one of the best and most powerful of all films, and perhaps it is why so many people connect with it even though Travis Bickle would seem to be the most alienating of movie heroes. We have all felt as alone as Travis. Most of us are better at dealing with it... Martin Scorsese's 1976 film is a film that does not grow dated, or over-familiar. I have seen it dozens of times. Every time I see it, it works; I am drawn into Travis' underworld of alienation, loneliness, haplessness and anger." - Roger Ebert

"This is a wholly remarkable film, flaws and all. In fact, even the flaws are significant." - The Guardian

Tuesday, November 17
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Advance tickets $15 | $15 at the door

TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976 / 113 mins / 18A) Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle in this oppressive psychodrama about a Vietnam veteran who rebels against the decadence and immorality of big city life in New York while working the nightshift as a taxi driver.

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