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“I don't get it”
~ Roger Ebert on Cab Driver
“Yak! Yak! Yak looking at me?”
~ Sid James

A Mike Leigh remake of the hugely popular film, that somehow was not as popular as the original. Set in London, the film follows Sid James in the role of Travis Bickle, a controversial character as James would frequently hamper production with impromptu innuendo in the more emotionally charged scenes. Much of the dialogue has been dubbed as a result.

The film follows Travis on a slightly different storyline, with Travis being a transgender male with an abortion, after his abortion and discharge from the army following active duty in Iraq. After finding that his home is a bleak and miserable place he goes out to tame a hawk in intercity London...

The films production and realise were conversational, notably the fact that nothing happens in the film and the film in is grittiness is sterile of any emotion...

The film was inspired from the thousands of other extremely bleak variations of American films - Leigh say a gap in the market for yet another remake, however with specific allusions to Taxi driver. The film sought to keep some key elements however the shootout scene at the end was cut in pre production and thus a truly pointless conclusion takes place as Travis realisation comes to nought in a sea of depressing 1960s concrete London architecture.

edit Cast

  • Travis Bickle - Sid James
  • Betsy - Kate Winslet
  • Iris - ...
  • Wizard - Bertrand Russell
  • David Thewlis - Sport
  • Any other charchters - Paddy Considine

edit Scene 1 - A war veteren gets off the dole, and has an abortion


Di Niro was obscenely cool - Sid isn't.


Travis' cab - the sheer monotomy of the scenes give the films uniqely tedious quality.

In no case should human activity to be interpreted in terms of higher psychological processes, if it can be fairly interpreted in terms of processes which stand lower in the scale of psychological evolution and development....

Travis: So after my abortion I was thinking of entering the promising field of cab driving...

Doctor: Sounds good...

edit Scene 2 - Travis gets bird, hangs around with the working class pimps

edit Scene 3 - More Social Commentary

edit Scene 4 - Travis loses bird and has some kind of important reflection on it all

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