is a 1983 movie co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher
. It featured an ensemble cast including Gary Busey, Paul Rodriguez, Marsha Warfield
, Bill Maher
, Adam Baldwin
(in his second major role after My Bodyguard
), and Mr. T
(though only T is featured on the cover
The movie focuses on a down-on-their luck cab company in Washington, D.C.
as they attempt to make their way to respectability, fighting City Hall and rival cab companies all the way. After a kiss with that respectability, a kidnapping
knocks them back down to earth, and the boys have to rescue one of their own and a couple of cute kids, fighting City Hall and rival cab companies all the way.
The movie was a modest earner, making $16 million domestically. It was critically panned, however; many people complained about the movie's heavy use of Mr. T
in its advertising (he was coming off of Rocky III
at the time), despite his character being just a small part of the ensemble
This film provides examples of:
- Advertised Extra / Billing Displacement: Mr. T is so associated with this movie, it's called Mr. T and Company in some markets, despite the small amount of screen time he actually gets.
- Casanova Wannabe: Xavier.
- Chekhov's Gun: Two, in fact: a violin and Albert's cowboy boots (they were his dad's, and they were too big for him).
- Harold's flamethrower also.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Dell.
- Cool Car: Mr. T has his cab pimped out so that the teenagers who've been hanging around a drug dealer's fancy car will admire him instead of a no-good pusher.
- Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: Tyrone covertly sets the hack inspector's shift lever into reverse, so he drives the wrong way and crashes into an Asian restaurant's front window. The Barbarian Brothers have to drive their cab to the shop in reverse because it's broken.
- Halfway Plot Switch: Turns from a standard struggle to survive as a cab company plot to a kidnapping plot for the third act.
- Henpecked Husband: Harold has shades of this, being an easygoing and all around nice guy. It makes the scene of him standing up to his domineering wife all the more awesome.
- Innocent Swearing: 'Cuz a ten-year-old girl calling a kidnapper a "pitiful bitch" is funny!
- Mistaken Nationality: Albert innocently assumes Bongo is Jamaican. He's not.
- Na´ve Newcomer: Albert Hockenberry (Adam Baldwin).
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Invoked by Tyrone of all people. He did go to college at some point, but he wants people to think him to be dumb. Later on (and dressed in a suit), he comes up with the plan to save Albert and the children.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Bravo, the hack inspector, and later the FBI.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The cabbies, oh so much. One wonders how these people can tie their own shoelaces, let along work together.
- Redundant Rescue: After being kidnapped, Albert tries to get out of being tied up so he can untie the kids he was kidnapped with. It takes him awhile, and when he finally manages to get free, the kids (already free of their restraints) applaud him.
- The Rival: Emerald Cab Company. They even have the hack inspector in their pockets.
- Running Gag: Ophelia keeps getting robbed by the same ski-masked robber.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Harold and Myrna. Still in effect when Harold implies later that he and Miss Floyd (the dispatcher) got together after Myrna kicks him out.
- Unintentional Period Piece: The fact that Tyrone (Charlie Barnett) is a fan of Irene Cara is a plot point. Irene Cara today is best known for singing the theme to the movie Fame, and she's also featured on the Flashdance soundtrack.
- Myrna goes on and on about how her favorite show is "Johnny Carson".
- The scene of Harold and Albert looking over Harold's mementos of Vietnam.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Well, pick it up, stud muffin!"