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's yellow taxi pulls in foreground. On left rear door

are lettered the words "Dependable Taxi Service".

We are somewhere on the upper fifties on Fifth Ave. The rain

has not let up.

An ELDERLY WOMAN climbs in the right rear door, crushing her

umbrella. Travis waits a moment, then pulls away from the

curb with a start.

Later, we see Travis' taxi speeding down the rain-slicked

avenue. The action is periodically accompanied by Travis'

narration. He is reading from a haphazard personal diary.



April 10, 1972. Thank God for the

rain which has helped wash the

garbage and trash off the sidewalks.


TRAVIS' POV of sleazy midtown side street: Bums, hookers,



I'm working a single now, which

means stretch-shifts, six to six,

sometimes six to eight in the a.m.,

six days a week.

A MAN IN BUSINESS SUIT hails Travis to the curb.


It's a hustle, but it keeps me busy.

I can take in three to three-fifty

a week, more with skims.

MAN IN BUSINESS SUIT, now seated in back seat, speaks up:



Is Kennedy operating, cabbie? Is it


On seat next to TRAVIS is half-eaten cheeseburger and order

of french fries. He puts his cigarette down and gulps as he



Why should it be grounded?


Listen - I mean I just saw the

needle of the Empire State Building.

You can't see it for the fog!


Then it's a good guess it's grounded.

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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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