Synopsis: LA cabbie Max Durocher is the type of person who can wax poetic about other people's lives, which impresses U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell, one of his fares, so much that she gives him her telephone number at the end of her ride. Although a dedicated man as seen through the efficiency in which he does his work, he can't or won't translate that eloquence into a better life for himself. He deludes himself into believing that his now twelve year cabbie job is temporary and that someday he will own his own limousine service. He even lies to his hospitalized mother that he already owns one, with a further lie that he tells her as such primarily to make her happy, rather than the truth which is that he won't do anything to achieve that dream. One night, Max picks up a well dressed man named Vincent, who asks Max to be his only fare for the evening. For a flat fee of $600, plus an extra $100 if he gets to the airport on time - Vincent wants Max to drive him to five stops tha
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Michael Mann
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 68 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

- You okay?

- I'm fine, mate. Don't worry about it.

You all right?

Enjoy L.A.

- He did it.

- It's all right.

Tell me why everything

is always about you.

Everything is not always about me.

That gearhead with his

pocket protector was being sarcastic,

- and you know it.

- Sorry, I just didn't see it that way.

Bullshit. What about the dig about

the makeover? That was really nice.

What do you want me to do?

I work with the man, for chrissake.

You know what? You're perfectly

capable of taking care of your own sh*t.

You know something? The last time

I checked, you were sleeping with me.

So unless you want to start

f***ing him, I suggest...

Hey, pal. Where can I catch a shuttle

to the airport around here?

- Back there.

- Thanks.

It was him in that gold Lexus

on the cell phone.

Are they still asking

for a change of venue?

He's enhanceable because of priors

in the early '80s.

- Where to?

- Downtown. 312 North Spring Street.


Look, the transcriptions need

to be done by 7 a.m., period, okay?

Hold on. Take Sepulveda

to Slauson to La Brea.

Take La Brea north to Sixth

into downtown.

So what? You'll be up late. I'm pulling

an all-nighter too, so save the tears.

I'll take the 105 east to the 110.

- That's faster.

- What?

I said, the 105 to the 110,

that'll get you there quicker.

The 110 turns into a parking lot

around USC.

But once you get to La Brea north

of Santa Monica, then it's jammed.

The 110 north of the 10,

you get people driving to Pasadena,

and they drive slow.

Yeah, they do, but what I do is

I get off on Grand, and then I...

Hey, surface roads is what you want,

that's what we'll do.

- Are we taking bets?

- Are we?

But what if you're wrong?

I don't think I'm gonna be wrong,

but if I am, the ride's free.

Okay, you got yourself a deal.

- Go ahead, say it.

- Say what?

- Go ahead.

- Oh, I got lucky with the lights.

You weren't lucky with the lights.

What you were was right.

I was wrong...


You mind turning that up?

- You like the classics.

- I do. I used to play in high school.

- Let me guess. Woodwinds.

- No. Strings.

I never had the lungs

for wind instruments.

Could've fooled me by the way

you were unloading on that cell phone.

Different instrument.

If you had just listened to me, we'd be

all bogged down in traffic right now,

and you would've made yourself

an extra 5 bucks.

Yeah, well, you keep that 5 bucks.

Buy you something special. Go wild.

Really, it's not that... It's not a big deal.

Nothing big here.

Well, how many cabbies

do you know

get you into an argument

to save you money?

There were two of us. I had to kill

the other one. I don't like competition.

Take pride in being good

at what you do?

What, this? Oh, this is...

This is... No, this is part-time.

This is a fill-in job. Pay the bills.

But I will be the best at what I do.

But that's something else.

- What else?

- Just shaping up some things.


Tell me.

Limo company I'm putting together.

Island Limos.

It's gonna be like an island on wheels.

A cool groove, like a club experience.

When you get to the airport, you're not

gonna wanna get out of my limo.

So I do this part-time

to get my Benz off leases,

staff up, get the right client list.

You know, things like that.

How do you like being a lawyer?

- What are you, psychic?

- Little bit.

There's the dark pinstripe suit.

Elegant, not too flashy.

That rules out advertising.

Plus a top-drawer briefcase

that you live out of.

And the purse. A Bottega.

Anyway, a man gets in my cab with

a sword, I figure he's a sushi chef.

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Stuart Beattie

Stuart Beattie (born 1972) is an Australian screenwriter and film director. His screenplay for Collateral (2004) earned him nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay and Saturn Award for Best Writing. Beattie attended Knox Grammar School, in Sydney, New South Wales, where his mother, Sandra, was a languages teacher; and later Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. more…

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