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I lived in the mid-town Times Square area as a kid in the early 70's and later 76-79.This is totally the way it was in that area!They don't have a new street sign " The New 42nd Street" for no reason That area is one of the safest now in the U.S.probally because every move you make is on video in Midtown Manhattan.
Added: 8th February 2008
Posted By: tommy7
|Posted by: Naomi on 2008-02-08
What a movie!!
Get this..various studios considered producing this film, one suggested Neil Diamond for the lead role. Can you imagine that??
- Jeff Bridges was also considered for the part of Travis Bickle.
- Martin Scorsese at one point said he discussed the role of Travis Bickle with Dustin Hoffman.
- Robert De Niro worked twelve hour days for a month driving cabs as preparation for this role. He also studied mental illness.
- The scene where Travis Bickle is talking to himself in the mirror was completely ad-libbed by Robert De Niro. The screenplay details just said, 'Travis looks in the mirror'...
- Jodie Foster was 14 years old in 1976, so she could not do the more explicit scenes. (Her character was 12 1/2) Connie Foster, Jodie's 21-year-old sister, was cast as her body double for those scenes.
- In Paul Schrader's original screenplay, the characters of Sport, the Mafioso and the hotel clerk were all black. Martin Scorsese felt that, combined with other events in the film, this would have stacked the deck too much towards racism, and suggested that those characters be changed to white men.
- 'Paul Schrader' wrote the script for Taxi Driver in five days. As he was writing, he kept a loaded gun on his desk for motivation and inspiration.
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