History Film / TaxiDriver

16th Jun '17 9:55:25 PM TrustBen
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* {{Joisey}}: Travis gives a fake name and address in New Jersey to a Secret Service agent after being promised "forms" to join the Secret Service.

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* {{Joisey}}: Travis gives a fake name and address in New Jersey to a Secret Service agent after being promised "forms" to join the Secret Service.Service, since he knows that's not the real reason the agent wants his address.
16th Jun '17 9:52:07 PM TrustBen
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* StalkerWithACrush: Travis is this successively with two different females. He first fixates on Betsy, and when he has lunch with her sets to work tearing down DoggedNiceGuy Tom. When he's alienated Betsy, he transfers his affections over to Iris.



%% This used to be a "lolicon" wick.
14th Jun '17 6:42:21 PM nombretomado
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** Looking closely at one of the newspaper clippings at end of the film mentions Harry Kilmer as President of the Manhattan Cab Company. Harry Kilmer was the name of Robert Mitchum's private detective character in ''TheYakuza'', which was writer Paul Schrader's first screenplay.

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** Looking closely at one of the newspaper clippings at end of the film mentions Harry Kilmer as President of the Manhattan Cab Company. Harry Kilmer was the name of Robert Mitchum's private detective character in ''TheYakuza'', ''Film/TheYakuza'', which was writer Paul Schrader's first screenplay.
11th Jun '17 1:24:03 PM XFllo
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* ByronicHero: A mild case in Travis.
11th Jun '17 1:21:28 PM XFllo
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* {{Adorkable}}: In a kinder environment, Travis would definitely be this. In this universe, his failed attempts at flirting and shy nature just make watching him try to fit in deeply uncomfortable.
6th Jun '17 7:04:55 AM ThePest179
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* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler: Travis tries to shoot himself after killing the three thugs. He fails, as he has run out of bullets.]]
13th Apr '17 3:55:02 PM Aquila89
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* AccidentalHero: [[spoiler:Travis initially planned to assassinate a Politician. Had he done that he would have been a hated villain, but because he became VigilanteMan he's become a folk hero. There's no difference or change in his mentality and he could just as easily be one or the other.]]

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* AccidentalHero: [[spoiler:Travis initially planned to assassinate a Politician.politician. Had he done that he would have been a hated villain, but because he became VigilanteMan he's become a folk hero. There's no difference or change in his mentality and he could just as easily be one or the other.]]
4th Apr '17 1:07:41 AM HBarnill
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* TheAlcoholic: Travis has shades of this if the flask he's seen taking a swig from before meeting Andy is any indication.
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.
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