Travis Bickle (De Niro), supposedly a Vietnam War veteran, is a lonely and depressed young man. After allegedly getting honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, he settles in Manhattan where he becomes a nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the processdue to chronic insomnia. Bickle spends his restless days in seedy porn theaters and works 12 or 14-hour shifts during the evening and nighttime hours carrying passengers between all five boroughs of New York City.
Taxi Driver is a 1976 film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Cybill Shepherd as the woman he fails to pursue romantically, Jodie Foster as the 12-year-old prostitute he attempts to save, and Harvey Keitel as Sport, a pimp. The film was highly applauded upon its release, and received Academy Award nominations.
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Julia Phillips & Michael Phillips
Written by Paul Schrader
Starring Robert De Niro Jodie Foster Harvey Keitel Cybill Shepherd Peter Boyle Albert Brooks Leonard Harris
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Editing by Tom Rolf Melvin Shapiro
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) February 8, 1976
Running time 113 min.
Budget $1.3 Million