Taxi Driver. 1976. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Paul Schrader. With Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Leonard Harris. 35mm. 113 min.
“All the animals come out at night—whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies. Sick, venal. Someday a real rain'll come and wash all this scum off the streets.” And so begins the hate-filled journey of Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), who finds himself in the miserable depths of insomnia and begins driving taxis as a way to consume his restless evenings. His fragile psyche and masculinity are tested by the filth (both real and perceived) of 1976 New York City, sending him hurtling toward a violent conclusion.