Taxi Driver

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.

Character mistake: The "Taxi Driver Hero to Recover" newspaper clipping misspells "Pittsburgh" at the end of the first paragraph as "Pittsburg." (01:46:55)

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Character mistake: In the scene where the gun dealer is showing handguns to Travis, the dealer shows off a gun he says is a Walther PPK, but in fact is a Bersa Thunder, which has a differently shaped trigger-guard.

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)

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Travis Bickle: All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.

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Trivia: Robert De Niro worked as a cab driver for a month to prepare for the role.

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Question: Is there an official explanation to the ending of the movie? Some people say that it was Travis's dream sequence, and others say it was Travis going back to his manic depressive self again. What caused Travis to get so startled when he was looking at the rear vision mirror? Did Scorsese deliberately make the ending very vague or is there supposed to be an explanation to the ending?

Answer: This is just my opinion. Remember Iris's line "Have you ever tried looking at your own eyeballs in the mirror?" or something to that effect. Well, Travis sees the madness reflected in his own eyes, doesn't like what he sees (as it reminds him of what he has done, what he might yet do).

Answer: There is. Both Scorsese (in the audio commentary) and screenwriter Paul Schrader in multiple interviews establish that the ending is not to be taken as a dream sequence or anything of the sort. I love the previous answer, by the way, it does nail what has also been stated; while Travis survived this time, it's very likely there will be a next.

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