History YMMV / TaxiDriver

29th Nov '16 5:16:39 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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17th Nov '16 6:39:00 AM Vampireandthen
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** Is returning Iris back to her parents a really heroic action? Iris claims that her parents hate her and that she ran away from home. She might be lying but given the tone of the letter at the end where the parents promise to make sure that Iris never leaves them again, one wonders if she was fleeing AbusiveParents and Travis has in fact returned her back to them. [[FridgeHorror How bad must her previous life must have been that she favours her current life as a drug-using child prostitute?]]

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** Is returning Iris back to her parents a really heroic action? Iris claims that her parents hate her and that she ran away from home. She might be lying but given the tone of the letter at the end where the parents promise to make sure that Iris never leaves them again, one wonders if she was fleeing AbusiveParents and Travis has in fact returned her back to them. [[FridgeHorror How bad must her previous life must have been that she favours her current life as a drug-using child prostitute?]]prostitute?]] For that matter, can we even trust what Iris tells us about her life?
17th Oct '16 9:57:31 PM JulianLapostat
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** Is Travis a "rebel with a cause" who targets Palantine mistakenly...or is he dissolving into insanity, and his rescue of Iris is just him looking for a justification for his desire to give in to violence? Or perhaps both...?
** For that matter, we never actually learn what is wrong with Travis. He shows signs of [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Asperger's Syndrome]], schizotypal personality disorder, and [[HeroicBSOD post-traumatic stress syndrome]] (possibly from his time in Vietnam), [[AmbiguousDisorder but it's not clear which if any disorder he actually has]] or how it/them influences his deteriorating mental state.
** Also, some viewers have noted that we never see Travis having his guns on him during the Palantine rally--and that the next scene has him putting his guns ''on''. Was he just "faking" his assassination attempt so as to "wake people up" to the violence of the city?

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** Is Travis a "rebel with a cause" who targets Palantine mistakenly...or is he dissolving into insanity, and his rescue of Iris is just him looking for a justification for his desire to give in to violence? Or perhaps both...?
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? For that matter, we never actually learn what is wrong with Travis. He shows signs of [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Asperger's Syndrome]], schizotypal personality disorder, and [[HeroicBSOD post-traumatic stress syndrome]] (possibly from his time in Vietnam), [[AmbiguousDisorder but it's not clear which if any disorder he actually has]] or how it/them influences his deteriorating mental state.
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state. Some viewers have noted that we never see Travis having his guns on him during the Palantine rally--and that the next scene has him putting his guns ''on''. Was he just "faking" his assassination attempt so as to "wake people up" to the violence of the city?city?
** Is returning Iris back to her parents a really heroic action? Iris claims that her parents hate her and that she ran away from home. She might be lying but given the tone of the letter at the end where the parents promise to make sure that Iris never leaves them again, one wonders if she was fleeing AbusiveParents and Travis has in fact returned her back to them. [[FridgeHorror How bad must her previous life must have been that she favours her current life as a drug-using child prostitute?]]



** There are also those who use his famous "You talkin' to me?" scene as a sort of BadassBoast, when in context Bickle's just talking to himself and fantasizing.
* NeverLiveItDown: John Hinckley trying to emulate Travis by shooting Ronald Reagan to impress Creator/JodieFoster. Not that any sane person would ever see that link otherwise, though.
* NightmareFuel: The final shootout is very bloody and definitely not something to cheer on. Special mention goes to the man who gets almost his entire hand blown apart by the 44 magnum.

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** There are also those who use his famous "You talkin' to me?" scene as a sort of BadassBoast, when in context Bickle's just talking to himself and fantasizing. Specifically he was irritated by how stupid he came across interacting with secret service agents and wanted to be commanding and intimidating in his next interactions. [[DirtyCoward Eventually, he flees when said secret agents spot him and chase him]].
* NeverLiveItDown: John Hinckley trying to emulate Travis by shooting Ronald Reagan to impress Creator/JodieFoster. Not that any sane person would ever see that link otherwise, though.
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* NightmareFuel: The final shootout is very bloody and definitely not something to cheer on. Special mention goes to the man who gets almost his entire hand blown apart by the 44 magnum.



* TheWoobie: Travis fuses this with JerkassWoobie. Sure, he may be a violent, misguided VigilanteMan, but after being spurned by his crush, mocked by the one he's trying to help, and generally disturbed by his own surroundings, it's impossible not to feel for him to some degree.

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Travis fuses this with JerkassWoobie. Sure, he may be a violent, misguided VigilanteMan, but after being spurned by his crush, mocked by the one he's trying to help, and generally disturbed by his own surroundings, it's impossible not to feel for him to some degree.degree.
** Iris and other child prostitutes who are totally used to that kind of life and cynical enough to be skeptical of such would-be rescuers as Travis. Suffice to say seeing that bloody rampage committed by Travis will give her nightmares for years and years, in addition to her time as a prostitute and her, abusive parents (who she says she ran away from), whom Travis returned her back to.
19th Sep '16 5:43:39 PM ThePest179
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** Travis considers assassinating Presidential candidate Palantine, which would infamously be mirrored by John Hinckley Jr trying to kill President Reagan to impress Jodie Foster.
17th Sep '16 2:31:36 PM maxwellsilver
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome / EarWorm:

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic / EarWorm:
17th Sep '16 10:06:43 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* NeverLiveItDown: John Hinckley trying to emulate Travis by shooting Ronald Reagan to impress Jodie Foster. Not that any sane person would ever see that link otherwise, though.

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* NeverLiveItDown: John Hinckley trying to emulate Travis by shooting Ronald Reagan to impress Jodie Foster.Creator/JodieFoster. Not that any sane person would ever see that link otherwise, though.



* OneSceneWonder: Martin Scorsese's cameo as a psychopathic passenger that Travis picks up. Apparently Scorsese never planned to be in the scene, the actor they hired got sick on the day of the shoot and so Scorsese had to step in.

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* OneSceneWonder: Martin Scorsese's Creator/MartinScorsese's cameo as a psychopathic passenger that Travis picks up. Apparently Scorsese never planned to be in the scene, the actor they hired got sick on the day of the shoot and so Scorsese had to step in.



** Paul Schrader has noted that he and Scorsese have regularly halted, blocked and stalled attempts to license ''Taxi Driver'' spin-offs.

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** Paul Schrader Creator/PaulSchrader has noted that he and Scorsese have regularly halted, blocked and stalled attempts to license ''Taxi Driver'' spin-offs.
17th Sep '16 10:05:12 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** In fact, the score overall. Bernard Herrmann's last and best work.

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** In fact, the score overall. Bernard Herrmann's Music/BernardHerrmann's last and best work.



* HilariousInHindsight: Wizard's line about California being more progressive than New York when it comes to gay marriage is rather funny since, of the two states, New York legalized gay marriage first.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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Wizard's line about California being more progressive than New York when it comes to gay marriage is rather funny since, of the two states, New York legalized gay marriage first.first.
** Travis mentions "moonlighting". Years later, Cybill Shepard would star in ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''.
5th May '16 2:06:50 PM Farnham
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* WriterInducedFanon: Travis Bickle is never explicitly identified as TheVietnamVet, the hints are there in his overall behaviour, the social context of 70s New York and the mention of him being in the Marine, but it is never directly specified. Nonetheless Martin Scorsese considers him to be a ShellShockedVeteran returning from Vietnam. Creator/PaulSchrader for his part while never opposing this interpretation kept it intentionally vague because he modelled the character on his own personal breakdown and embellished it with more general feelings, so as to lend the film to considerable {{Applicability}}.

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* WriterInducedFanon: Travis Bickle is never explicitly identified as TheVietnamVet, the hints are there in his overall behaviour, the social context of 70s New York and the mention of him being in the Marine, Marines, but it is never directly specified. Nonetheless Martin Scorsese considers him to be a ShellShockedVeteran returning from Vietnam. Creator/PaulSchrader for his part while never opposing this interpretation kept it intentionally vague because he modelled the character on his own personal breakdown and embellished it with more general feelings, so as to lend the film to considerable {{Applicability}}.
5th May '16 2:00:55 PM Farnham
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** For that matter, we never actually learn what is wrong with Travis. He show signs of [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Asperger's Syndrome]], schizotypal personality disorder, and [[HeroicBSOD post-traumatic stress syndrome]] (possibly from his time in Vietnam), [[AmbiguousDisorder but it's not clear which if any disorder he actually has]] or how it/them influences his deteriorating mental state.

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** For that matter, we never actually learn what is wrong with Travis. He show shows signs of [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Asperger's Syndrome]], schizotypal personality disorder, and [[HeroicBSOD post-traumatic stress syndrome]] (possibly from his time in Vietnam), [[AmbiguousDisorder but it's not clear which if any disorder he actually has]] or how it/them influences his deteriorating mental state.
28th Mar '16 1:36:56 PM maxwellsilver
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* HilariousInHindsight: Wizard's line about California being more progressive than New York when it comes to gay marriage is rather funny since, of the two states, New York has legalized gay marriage first.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Wizard's line about California being more progressive than New York when it comes to gay marriage is rather funny since, of the two states, New York has legalized gay marriage first.



** A never released video game was in the works. According to [[http://rpgcodex.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=1005431#1005431 to one]] [[http://rpgcodex.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=1005870#1005870 of the staff]], it was going to be a GTA Clone, written by Hollywood Writers who had never played a video game or seen the movie (beyond the mirror scene) before. [[http://rpgcodex.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=606445&highlight=taxi+driver#606445 Featured stupid dialog with awful voice acting]] and made Travis a mass-murdering psychopath instead of a deranged loner posing in the mirror. It even went through a period where the license was removed from the game before getting it applied again.

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** A never released video game was in the works. According to [[http://rpgcodex.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=1005431#1005431 to one]] [[http://rpgcodex.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=1005870#1005870 of the staff]], it was going to be a GTA ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' Clone, written by Hollywood Writers who had never played a video game or seen the movie (beyond the mirror scene) before. [[http://rpgcodex.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=606445&highlight=taxi+driver#606445 Featured stupid dialog with awful voice acting]] and made Travis a mass-murdering psychopath instead of a deranged loner posing in the mirror. It even went through a period where the license was removed from the game before getting it applied again.
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