Taxi Driver

Reaction

Critical and box office reception

Filmed on a budget of $1.3 million, Taxi Driver was a financial success, grossing $28,262,574 in the United States,[32] making it the 17th-highest-grossing film of 1976.

Roger Ebert instantly praised it as one of the greatest films he had ever seen, claiming:

"Taxi Driver" is a hell, from the opening shot of a cab emerging from stygian clouds of steam to the climactic killing scene in which the camera finally looks straight down. Scorsese wanted to look away from Travis's rejection; we almost want to look away from his life. But he's there, all right, and he's suffering.[33]

It was also nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (De Niro), and received the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.[34] It has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.[35] The film was chosen by Time as one of the 100 best films of all time.[36]

As of 2014, Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 98% based on reviews from 63 critics; the site's consensus states: "A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best."[37]

The July/August 2009 issue of Film Comment polled several critics on the best films to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Taxi Driver placed first, above films such as Il Gattopardo, Viridiana, Blowup, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, La Dolce Vita, and Pulp Fiction.[38]

In the American Film Institute's top 50 movie villains of all time, Bickle was named the 30th greatest film villain. Empire also ranked him 18th in its "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters" poll.[39]

Accolades

Award Category Nominee Result
Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Martin Scorsese Won
Hochi Film Award Best Foreign Film Won
LAFCA Award Best Actor Robert De Niro Won
Best Music Bernard Herrmann Won
New Generation Award Jodie Foster Martin Scorsese Won
Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Robert De Niro Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Jodie Foster Nominated
Best Music, Original Score Bernard Herrmann Nominated
Best Picture Michael Phillips Julia Phillips Nominated
BAFTA Award Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music Bernard Herrmann Won
Best Supporting Actress Jodie Foster Won
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Won
Best Actor Robert De Niro Nominated
Best Direction Martin Scorsese Nominated
Best Film Nominated
Best Film Editing Marcia Lucas Tom Rolf Melvin Shapiro Nominated
Blue Ribbon Award Best Foreign Film Martin Scorsese Won
David di Donatello Award Special David Jodie Foster Won
Martin Scorsese Won
DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Martin Scorsese Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama Robert De Niro Nominated
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Paul Schrader Nominated
Grammy Award Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Bernard Herrmann Nominated
KCFCC Award Best Supporting Actress Jodie Foster Won
Kinema Junpo Award Best Foreign Language Film Director Martin Scorsese Won
NSFC Award Best Actor Robert De Niro Won
Best Director Martin Scorsese Won
Best Supporting Actress Jodie Foster Won
Best Film Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Harvey Keitel Nominated
NYFCC Award Best Actor Robert De Niro Won
Best Director Martin Scorsese Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Harvey Keitel Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jodie Foster Nominated
WGA Award Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen Paul Schrader Nominated
Fotogramas de Plata Best Foreign Movie Performer Robert De Niro Won
Saint Jordi Award Best Performance in a Foreign Film Won

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