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Chicago Cab (1997)

There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character ... See full summary »

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Will Kern (play), Will Kern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dillon ... Cab Driver
Tim Gamble Tim Gamble ... Religious Father
Olivia Trevino Olivia Trevino ... 4-Year Old Girl
Moira Sinise ... Religious Mother (as Moira Harris)
Rana Khan Rana Khan ... Pakistani
Darryl Theirse ... X-Hat
Michael Ironside ... Al
Shanesia Davis Shanesia Davis ... Lawyer (as Shanesia Davis-Williams)
Laura Kellogg Sandberg Laura Kellogg Sandberg ... Bug-Eyed Woman
Phillip Edward Van Lear ... Father-to-Be (as Phillip Van Lear)
Ora Jones Ora Jones ... Pregnant Woman
Michael Shannon ... Crack Head
Shulie Cowen ... Stoner Girl
Andrew Rothenberg ... Homer
Tracy Letts ... Sports Fan
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Storyline

There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character develops as the different people of Chicago come & go. His character shows through when he tells a woman the truth about one of the huys he has in his cab. One highlight of this is the amount of cameos by well known faces who seem to be doing this film for the craic. The cab driver reacts well to the madness surrounding him & you can almost share his tiredness at the end of the shift. Crackheads, stoners, posh randy lawyers, irate Pakistanis and the high & lows of the working day are dealt with in this low budget film. Written by Michael A Hunter <thewaas@yahoo.co.uk>

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Do you dare pay the fare?

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellcab See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,947, 13 September 1998

Gross USA:

$23,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,946
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original play, "Hellcab", opened in Chicago in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Cab Driver: Why does everything have to be so fucked up?!
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for Holly Wantuch See more »

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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Hammering the Cramps
Performed by Sparklehorse
Written by Mark Linkous
Published by Warner Bros. Music Corp. / Spirit Ditch Music
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Good job, not really my taste
13 February 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

It's Christmastime in Chicago, but the season is not very merry for the cab driver whose name we never learn. He ends up driving a number of quirky characters to places around the city, and a lot of his experiences are not particularly pleasant. And the arm rest on one side of the back seat keeps falling off despite the driver's best efforts.

This was a pretty good movie, though not really the type I usually enjoy watching. I think it will appeal to a certain kind of person. All the acting performances were good, and though I can't single anyone out as the best, I really liked the first lawyer and the architect. The scene with the architect may have been the best in the entire movie.

The sound went out a number of times during this movie--but it was often obvious what characters were saying. In a couple of cases I think the expression used could be abbreviated F. Y. I'm happier when substitute words are used on network TV, though in this movie, maybe it would have been too much work to fix the incredible number of bad words. I liked one scene where the driver said a bad word which, of course, I couldn't hear, and a child walking by said to the adult with him or her (probably a parent or grandparent), 'He said ****!'

I didn't like a lot of the music, but there were several good songs. One was played when the two white drivers and the black driver were discussing whether they should refuse to pick up certain people. Another was used for the scene with the second lawyer. And of course 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas', played near the end, was very enjoyable for me. The credits listed a lot of Christmas songs that I didn't really notice. The decorations were nice. Few people in this movie seemed to be enjoying Christmas, though.

This was a worthwhile film, but if you're not lucky enough to see it cleaned up for TV, be prepared for some rough language.


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