History Film / TaxiDriver

13th Feb '17 11:16:08 AM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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While controversial in its release, it became positively notorious when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hinckley_Jr John Hinckley, Jr.]] cited it as the source of his obsession with star Jodie Foster and indirect influence on his failed assassination of President Reagan. Knowing this, makes several scenes, including where Bickle appears to be about to shoot Senator Palantine, [[HarsherInHindsight a different experience to watch]].

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While controversial in its release, it became positively notorious when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hinckley_Jr John Hinckley, Jr.]] cited it as the source of his obsession with star Jodie Foster and indirect influence on his failed assassination of [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan President Reagan.Reagan]]. Knowing this, makes several scenes, including where Bickle appears to be about to shoot Senator Palantine, [[HarsherInHindsight a different experience to watch]].
17th Oct '16 9:48:25 PM JulianLapostat
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* DeathSeeker: Travis, by the end.

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* DeathSeeker: Travis, by the end. Indeed, [[spoiler:after shooting his final victim, he takes a gun and points it under his chin but it fails to fire, and he tries the other guns and fails, having run out of bullets]].



** Screenwriter Paul Schrader noted the film was meant as an American exploration of the existentialist hero in European literature, showing that in a tougher, harder and less intellectual landscape, such a figure comes off as far less eloquent and interesting, and that his problems would be more petty and prosaic.

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** Screenwriter Paul Schrader noted the film was meant as an American exploration of the existentialist hero in European literature, showing that in a tougher, harder and less intellectual landscape, such a figure comes off as far less eloquent and interesting, and that his problems character DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife would be more struggle to eloquently express his inner turmoil, and eventually try and solve his petty and prosaic. prosaic issues by seeking outlet in fame and respect rather than the "authenticity" described by Continental writers.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Travis Bickle constantly suffers from this. He has a strong inner life but lacks the education and cultural background to give voice to it, and instead uses whatever phrases around him to suit his purpose, often coming across as a "square" (as Iris notes) or as a mix of a "prophet" and "pusher" (as Betsy notes).
** A key example is the lunch between Travis and Betsy where Travis says, "I gotta get Organi-sized" which Betsy sees as a sappy office joke but Travis takes it as serious wisdom, and in a BrickJoke, eventually puts that poster in his apartment. His general overall seriousness and total lack of a sense of humor and his SarcasmFailure (in his conversations with Iris, Sport, Wizard and Betsy) are also a key part of his general social failure and his eventual breakdown.
** The conversation between him and Wizard is the ultimate example where Wizard more or less provides existentialist ideas as the word on the street picked it up in the 70s, and Travis more or less sees that as bull-shit and Wizard shrugs and admits he isn't Bertrand Russell and tells him YouNeedToGetLaid.
5th Oct '16 2:44:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* FakeShemp: Creator/JodieFoster was doubled in the more explicit shots by her elder sister.
23rd Sep '16 10:20:39 AM ThePest179
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* CallBack: [[spoiler: Travis runs out of bullets in the final scene, because one of his weapons was previously used to stop a robbery.]]
20th Sep '16 1:56:08 PM ThePest179
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* FourIsDeath: Travis buys four guns from Easy Andy.

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* FourIsDeath: Travis buys four guns from Easy Andy. He also kills a total of four people over the course of the movie (first the burglar at a convenience store, then the three thugs near the end of the movie).



* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: this movie is often used to show the schizotypal one.

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* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: this This movie is often used to show the schizotypal one.
19th Aug '16 8:14:13 PM JackthaRippa
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** Confirmed InUniverse. One of the news articles at the ending of the movie states that Travis was apart of a Special forces unit while in service.
10th Aug '16 10:49:44 PM _____________
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* Fingore: Travis's only shot with the .44 Magnum during the final shootout blows off three of one guy's fingers.

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* Fingore: {{Fingore}}: Travis's only shot with the .44 Magnum during the final shootout blows off three of one guy's fingers.
3rd Aug '16 2:19:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AnimalMotifs: Creator/RobertDeNiro thought of Travis Bickle as a crab - indirect and tended to shift from side to side.
28th May '16 5:46:38 AM DeepRed
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** In RealLife, he ''very'' loony John Hinckley Jr. was inspired by this film to attempt to assassinate UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, as detailed above.

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** In RealLife, he the ''very'' loony John Hinckley Jr. was inspired by this film to attempt to assassinate UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, as detailed above.
28th May '16 5:45:29 AM DeepRed
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The film was written by Creator/PaulSchrader and was inspired by a CreatorBreakdown he'd experienced in the mid-70s and which he hoped to get out of by "exorcism through art" (his words). The project was originally going to be directed by Brian De Palma and languished for years until it attracted the attention of Scorsese and Creator/RobertDeNiro and is notable for being one of De Niro's first massive roles and for Creator/JodieFoster's breakout role, as a child prostitute (she was twelve years old at the time). Cybill Shepherd, Creator/HarveyKeitel, Creator/AlbertBrooks, and Peter Boyle also appear in the film, and Music/BernardHerrmann composed the music score (his last). Both De Niro and Foster received Oscar nominations.)

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The film was written by Creator/PaulSchrader and was inspired by a CreatorBreakdown he'd experienced in the mid-70s and which he hoped to get out of by "exorcism through art" (his words). The project was originally going to be directed by Brian De Palma and languished for years until it attracted the attention of Scorsese and Creator/RobertDeNiro and is notable for being one of De Niro's first massive roles and for Creator/JodieFoster's breakout role, as a [[JailBait child prostitute prostitute]] (she was twelve years old at the time). Cybill Shepherd, Creator/HarveyKeitel, Creator/AlbertBrooks, and Peter Boyle also appear in the film, and Music/BernardHerrmann composed the music score (his last). Both De Niro and Foster received Oscar nominations.)
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