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Taxi (1998)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 20 November 1998 (USA)
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To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director:

Gérard Pirès

Writer:

Luc Besson (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samy Naceri ... Daniel Morales
Frédéric Diefenthal ... Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec
Marion Cotillard ... Lilly Bertineau
Manuela Gourary Manuela Gourary ... Camille Coutant-Kerbalec
Emma Wiklund Emma Wiklund ... Petra (as Emma Sjöberg)
Bernard Farcy ... Commissaire Gibert
Georges Neri Georges Neri ... Joe
Guy Quang Guy Quang ... Pizza Joe Motorcyclist
Maurice Murcia Maurice Murcia ... Pensioned Taxi Driver
Sabine Bail Sabine Bail ... Femme Préfecture
Dan Herzberg ... Paulo
Sébastien Thiery Sébastien Thiery ... Driving Instructor
Eric Bérenger Eric Bérenger ... Butcher (as Eric Berenger)
Philippe du Janerand ... Passenger to Airport
Christophe Fesquet Christophe Fesquet ... Flic Radar #1
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Storyline

In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can't drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn't lose his license and his dream job. Written by Cyril Morcrette <cyril@ceci.mit.edu>

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German | Korean | Portuguese

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taksi See more »

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Budget:

FRF53,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

110 cars were used during the making of the film. See more »

Goofs

During the trip to Marignane airport, the taxi passes a dark green Mini Cooper, then two shots later, when the mobile radar falls to the ground, the taxi passes the same dark green Mini Cooper again at the entrance of a tunnel. See more »

Quotes

Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: [after shooting against bandits that flee the warehouse] I'M OUT OF AMMO!
Daniel Morales: Who cares? Look at the room! There's no one here.
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: Oh my, they're gone!
Daniel Morales: 'Oh my, they're gone!' Let me ask you a question: Do your interrogations always end up like this, or are you just trying to impress me?
Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec: But no! I usually get to ask at least one question.
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A breath of fresh air
10 September 2001 | by justine_3See all my reviews

I normally avoid action films and car chases bore me, but I watched Taxi on a friend's recommendation and have to say that it is one of the best films I've seen in a long time. Everything about it is pure class which may be something to with it being French. The premise of the film is beautifully simple - a speed-freak taxi driver Daniel and an inept policeman have to work together to catch some bank robbers. The relatively trivial nature of their mission is the perfect vehicle (excuse the pun) for the ever-so French humour of the script. They aren't out to save the world or stop evil for the good of all mankind (as is too often the case in American action films), but both want to stop the criminals for their own purely selfish reasons. In this setting the witty banter of the heroes is perfectly natural, especially compared with the cliched one-liners said in the face of doom found in most films in this genre.

A mismatched pair of heroes is pretty much standard in action films (Lethal Weapon being the most famous case), but here is works well as they manage to be more than just stereotypes and are believable even if their circumstances aren't. Both characters come across as real people, flawed, but likeable, especially the roguishly charming Daniel.

Despite being an action film, special-effects are kept to a minimum and although they are a large part of the film, the high speed car sequences are never self-indulgent, peppered with humour and brilliantly directed so as to hold the attention of even of the most "seen it all before" viewers (i.e. me).

All in all a refreshing change from Hollywood comedy or action films and one which I would happily watch again and again.


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