Taxi Driver script
Taxi Driver (1976)
Synopsis: Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).

TRAVIS:

Clean. Real clean.

(pause, thin smile)

As clean as my conscience.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

Listen, son, you gonna get smart,

you can leave right now.

TRAVIS:

(apologetic)

Sorry, sir. I didn't mean that.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

Physical? Criminal?

TRAVIS:

Also clean.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

Age?

PERSONNEL OFFICER

Twenty-six.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

Education?

4.

TRAVIS:

Some. Here and there.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

Military record?

TRAVIS:

Honorable discharge. May 1971.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

You moonlightin?

TRAVIS:

No, I want long shifts.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

(casually, almost to himself)

We hire a lot of moonlighters here.

TRAVIS:

So I hear.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

(looks up at Travis)

Hell, we ain't that much fussy

anyway. There's always opening on

one fleet or another.

(rummages through his

drawer, collecting

various pink, yellow

and white forms)

Fill out these forms and give them

to the girl at the desk, and leave

your phone number. You gotta phone?

TRAVIS:

No.

PERSONNEL OFFICER

Well then check back tomorrow.

TRAVIS:

Yes, Sir.

CUT TO:

CREDITS:

CREDITS appear over scenes from MANHATTAN NIGHTLIFE. The

snow has melted, it is spring.

A rainy, slick, wet miserable night in Manhattan's theatre

district.

5.

Cabs and umbrellas are congested everywhere; well-dressed

pedestrians are pushing, running, waving down taxis. The

high-class theatre patrons crowding out of the midtown shows

are shocked to find that the same rain that falls on the

poor and common is also falling on them.

The unremitting SOUNDS of HONKING and SHOUTING play against

the dull pitter-patter of rain. The glare of yellow, red and

green lights reflects off the pavements and autos.

"When it rains, the boss of the city is the taxi driver" -

so goes the cabbie's maxim, proven true by this particular

night's activity. Only the taxis seem to rise above the

situation:
They glide effortlessly through the rain and

traffic, picking up whom they choose, going where they please.

Further uptown, the crowds are neither so frantic nor so

glittering. The rain also falls on the street bums and aged

poor. Junkies still stand around on rainy street corners,

hookers still prowl rainy sidewalks. And the taxis service

them too.

All through the CREDITS the exterior sounds are muted, as if

coming from a distant room or storefront around the corner.

The listener is at a safe but privileged distance.

After examining various strata of Manhattan nightlife,

CAMERA begins to CLOSE IN on one particular taxi, and it is

assumed that this taxi is being driven by TRAVIS BICKLE.

END CREDITS:

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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