Sony Pictures’ Taxi Driver is pulling up at cinemas across the UK and Ireland for a reissue on 10 February, opening at BFI Southbank where it will feature as one of the highlights of their Martin Scorsese season, running throughout January and February. As a special preview event, the Southbank Centre will present Taxi Driver in Concert on 6 January, with the BBC Concert Orchestra performing the original Bernard Herrmann score live alongside the film. The wider UK rerelease will see the film screen at selected sites from a 4K digital restoration scanned from the original camera negative.
Isolated ex-marine Travis Bickle applies for a job as a taxi driver, hoping that the nocturnal working pattern will alleviate the effects of his insomnia and distract him from his gnawing depression. But ferrying passengers through the seedy underbelly of night-time New York City only compounds Bickle’s psychological dislocation from the world around him. His nightshifts in the cab are spent resenting those he sees, while his waking daytime hours are wasted away in adult movie theatres.
After entering into a troubled relationship with a political campaigner and embarking on a fraught mission to save a teenager from the world of prostitution, Bickle’s sense of place and purpose steadily warps. He withdraws into himself, hordes illegal firearms and begins a regimen of intense physical training in preparation for a misguided vigilante assault on the evils of society.
Screening from a 4K restoration, Sony Pictures’ Taxi Driver pulls up at cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 10 February 2017.