Taxi Driver

Continuity mistake: When Iris and Travis are having breakfast together, at the beginning of the scene, she is wearing green sunglasses. She eventually takes them off, but when she puts the sunglasses back on, the sunglasses are now purple with a gold rim. (01:25:00 - 01:29:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Travis is with the gun salesman, he is trying out the black gun. You see a close up shot of him holding the gun with his arm outstretched with his jacket on. In the very next shot (no time has elapsed) his arms are at his side and his jacket is now completely off. (00:56:50)

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Suggested correction: I am really not sure about the "no time has elapsed" bit. Everything about the setup leads to believe time has indeed passed. He has the gun in his pants and he is checking himself out in the mirror, which is why he removed the jacket and his arm is in a different position. The differences are so many that it's not an awkward mistaken transition or edit hiccup, it's a jump ahead in time, on purpose.

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This is verified by Scorsese on the commentary he recorded for the laserdisc release. He specifically states it was a jump cut to speed up the action.

Continuity mistake: In the scene at the diner, where Travis puts a soluble tablet in a glass of water, you can see a plate of open cheeseburger in front of him. But Travis never ordered, nor received any cheeseburgers. He only ordered and received a cup of coffee only. (00:17:10)

Continuity mistake: While De Niro is talking to Jodie Foster you can see a bus out the window. When the screen switches to Jodie Foster's view you can see the same bus driving, but then it changes back to De Niro's view you see the same bus driving up to the window again. This keeps happening throughout the scene, the bus keeps driving around the building. (01:27:00)

Continuity mistake: When Robert De Niro shoots the pimp's hand off in the hallway (shortly before shooting Sport the second time), blood splatters on his face, across his left eye and forehead. As he stumbles up the stairs (still shooting the handless pimp), the blood has changed, and finally in the shot where De Niro pantomimes shooting himself, the only blood on his face is on his chin. (01:39:40 - 01:42:40)

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Revealing mistake: When De Niro gets shot in the neck, his bald skin cap wrinkles considerably when he presses the wound with his hand. Confirmed by make-up artist Dick Smith in the making-of documentary. (01:40:00)

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Other mistake: When Travis sends money to Iris, he addresses the envelope to 240 East 13th st. At the entrance to the building Iris lives in (visible after Sport's corpse is shown), the street number is 226. (01:33:40 - 01:44:50)

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Robert De Niro shoots Sport the pimp in the stomach, the bullet supposedly goes through Sport's back, and blood splatters onto the doorway framework behind him. However, as Sport falls to the ground, look closely, and you can see a wire dangling from his lower back, which was used by the special effects team to detonate the fake blood packet. (01:39:05)

Other mistake: Travis' hair length appears inconsistent throughout the movie; he begins working in early May with his hair of a certain length, his hair appears trimmed differently in certain scenes driving the cab, it is certainly much shorter, sort of a buzz cut, during the scenes when he interacts with the senator's guards, but it is already longer when he is doing the "You talkin' to me scene" and the murder of Stick-Up Man, which is in between the buzzcut scenes. And then of course, there's the ending.

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Other mistake: When Travis is negotiating with Sport for Iris' services, an off-screen crew member can be heard saying, "but no rough stuff" just before Sport says it. (01:17:00)

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene right after DeNiro is watching the Senator on the TV, he is driving in his cab past the campaign headquarters. As the camera goes past the window and focuses on desk phone, you can see the reflection of a cameraman for a second or so in the glass. (00:51:00)

Continuity mistake: During the fight in the end, Travis shoots a man's hand and his four fingers are blown apart; yet when the same man jumps at Travis as he enters Jodie Foster's room, you can briefly see two of his "missing" fingers on Travis' shoulder. (01:39:40)

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Suggested correction: I see the thumb (which is supposed to be there) and a stub of one finger, not really two. Probably a little less damage than in the close-up, so the entry seems valid, but really not as evident as it sounds.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where De Niro shoots and kills the man robbing the convenience store, the clerk takes De Niro's gun off of him and starts beating the already dead body with a pole. If you watch the scene carefully, the dead body changes positions contrary to how the man is hitting him. Clearly the scene was shot several times with the dead body being placed in different positions. (01:09:40)

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Visible crew/equipment: Right before De Niro's character is shot in the neck, you can see the small charge used to detonate the blood. (01:39:50)

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Other mistake: There seems to be no bullet impact into the wall or near Murray Moston after the .44 Magnum revolver is discharged. Given the general direction and angle the weapon was pointed, a bullet should have blown out part of the wall near Murray Moston.

Continuity mistake: During the same scene there is a white van parked across the street behind De Niro. Then it's gone. Then it's back.

Other mistake: When the woman at the theater gives Travis his Cola, she never pours it. (00:09:25)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the man has DeNiro pull over to the curb and says he is going to kill his wife with a .44 gun, there is a close up of the meter clicking over to $2.75. In the next shot from the backseat, the meter reads $0.65.

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Suggested correction: The reason for that is because after Travis stopped the car, he turned off the meter. Then Scorcese's character asks what he's doing, and to put the meter back on. The $.65 indicates "$.65 first 1/6 mile" as clearly painted on the cab.

As the text of the original mistake stated, there is a close-up of the meter. A biiig one, that follows by quite a few seconds the meter being turned off. You can see the 0.65 before that close-up, you can see it after, it then changes to 0.75 and so on. This correction is totally wrong and the original post is correct.

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Character mistake: When Travis is buying guns, Easy Andy (the gun salesman) makes a few errors. Firstly, he states that the Smith and Wesson 61 Escort is a "Colt .25 Automatic." Secondly, he calls the Astra Constable a ".380 Walther." And lastly, he talks about the ".380 Walther" saying "during World War II, they used this gun to replace the P38. Just given out to officers." This is also incorrect.

Continuity mistake: During the final cab ride, Robert De Niro in close-ups has a distinctive curl of hair across the forehead. In the close-ups of his reflection in the mirror it is not so, and same for the dialogue with Betsy. (01:48:10)

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Travis Bickle: [Into the mirror.] You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. Who the f**k do you think you're talking to? Oh, yeah? Okay! [whips out gun.] Huh?

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Trivia: Director Martin Scorsese makes more then just a cameo in this film, he's the passenger that sits with Travis talking about how he's going to kill his wife for cheating on him with a black man. He's credited as "Man Watching Silhouette".

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