In what 1976 thriller does Robert De Niro famously say “You talkin’ to me?

In what 1976 thriller does Robert De Niro famously say “You talkin’ to me?”

In what 1976 thriller does Robert De Niro famously say “You talkin’ to me?

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Taxi Driver is a 1976 American film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, and starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris, and Albert Brooks. Set in a decaying and morally bankrupt New York City following the Vietnam War, the film follows Travis Bickle, a taxi driver and veteran, and his mental state as he works nights in the city.

With The Wrong Man (1956) and A Bigger Splash (1973) as inspiration, Scorsese wanted the film to feel like a dream to audiences. With cinematographer Michael Chapman, filming began in the summer of 1975 in New York City, with actors taking pay cuts to complete the project on a low budget of $1.9 million. Production concluded that same year, with a score being composed by Bernard Herrmann in his final score before his death; the film is dedicated to him.

At the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, Taxi Driver was awarded the Palme d'Or. The film was theatrically released by Columbia Pictures on February 8, 1976, where it was a critical and commercial success despite generating controversy at the time for its depiction of violence and casting of a 12-year-old Foster in the role of a child prostitute. At the 49th Academy Awards, it received four nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (for De Niro), and Best Supporting Actress (for Foster).

In 2012, Sight & Sound named it the 31st-best film ever in its decennial critics' poll, ranked with The Godfather Part II, and the fifth-greatest film of all time on its directors' poll. The film was considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1994.

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