History YMMV / TaxiDriver

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.
7th Mar '16 7:38:05 AM JulianLapostat
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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}}.
17th Feb '16 12:47:39 PM Robotnik
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** There are also those who use his famous "You talkin' to me?" scene as a sort of BadassBoast, forgetting that it's actually meant to show how ultimately delusional and pathetic he is. Bickle's ultimately only willing to act like a badass when it's in an imaginary confrontation initiated in the confines of his home, with nobody else there to react to it.

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** There are also those who use his famous "You talkin' to me?" scene as a sort of BadassBoast, forgetting that it's actually meant to show how ultimately delusional and pathetic he is. when in context Bickle's ultimately only willing just talking to act like a badass when it's in an imaginary confrontation initiated in the confines of his home, with nobody else there to react to it.himself and fantasizing.
7th Feb '16 7:17:37 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: Considered as one for Scorsese (though there is debate on whether it, ''RagingBull'', or ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' are better).
4th Feb '16 9:08:53 AM Damar
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** Easy Andy the gun salesman.
23rd Jan '16 12:10:39 AM JulianLapostat
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* SpiritualAdaptation: Of Literature/NotesFromUnderground and parts of Literature/CrimeAndPunishment. Both Creator/PaulSchrader and Creator/MartinScorsese were great admirers of Creator/FyodorDostoevsky and Schrader described Travis Bickle as an American version of the "underground man" featured in Dostoevsky. Scorsese had wanted to adapt ''Notes from Underground'' himself before coming across Schrader's script and feeling that no direct adaptation could beat it.
16th Jan '16 2:31:04 PM maxwellsilver
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* HarsherInHindsight: Knowing about the real-life [[VigilanteMan Bernie Goetz]] case (which happened eight years after the movie came out) can make watching Travis' shooting rampage much more uncomfortable.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Knowing about the real-life [[VigilanteMan [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Goetz Bernie Goetz]] case (which happened eight years after the movie came out) can make watching Travis' shooting rampage much more uncomfortable.
1st Oct '15 10:40:11 PM mlsmithca
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: 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 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.
*** 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?
* AwardSnub: Lost Best Actor (Peter Finch) and Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight) to ''Film/{{Network}}'', Best Original Score to ''Film/TheOmen1976'', and Best Picture to ''Film/{{Rocky}}''. Creator/MartinScorsese wasn't even ''nominated'' as Best Director. Neither was Creator/PaulSchrader for his brilliant screenplay.
** Considering that year was amongst the most competitive in the history of the Oscars, the Oscar losses might be justified or debated against.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
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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 show signs of [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Asperger's Syndrome]], schizotypal personality disorder, and [[HeroicBSOD post-traumatic stress syndrome]](possibly 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?
* AwardSnub: Lost Best Actor (Peter Finch) and Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight) to ''Film/{{Network}}'', Best Original Score to ''Film/TheOmen1976'', and Best Picture to ''Film/{{Rocky}}''. Creator/MartinScorsese wasn't even ''nominated'' as Best Director. Neither was Creator/PaulSchrader for his brilliant screenplay.
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screenplay. Considering that year was amongst the most competitive in the history of the Oscars, the Oscar losses might be justified or debated against.



* MisaimedFandom: The film has badly suffered from being idolized by gun-toting sociopaths who believed they'd found their representative in Travis (Most infamously John Hinckley Jr). The other side of the fandom is nutjobs who take Travis' racism and vigilante ways as something to be admired. Like ''Film/{{A Clockwork Orange}}'' five years earlier, a brilliant work of art that suffered because it was viewed by dangerous idiots.

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* MisaimedFandom: MisaimedFandom:
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The film has badly suffered from being idolized by gun-toting sociopaths who believed they'd found their representative in Travis (Most (most infamously John Hinckley Jr). The other side of the fandom is nutjobs who take Travis' racism and vigilante ways as something to be admired. Like ''Film/{{A Clockwork Orange}}'' ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' five years earlier, a brilliant work of art that suffered because it was viewed by dangerous idiots.



* 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.



* 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.



** 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, 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.



--> ''"We really have fought over the years to keep people's hands off Taxi Driver, to keep it from being a video game and to keep it from having a sequel. It's a one-off kind of film."''

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--> ---> ''"We really have fought over the years to keep people's hands off Taxi Driver, to keep it from being a video game and to keep it from having a sequel. It's a one-off kind of film."''
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