Taxi Driver

Continuity mistake: Travis and Betsy are having their snack during her break. During the conversation there are several instances when vehicles you can spot through the window behind De Niro do not move to Cybil Shepherd's side, or vice versa suddenly show up behind her appearing out of nothing. For instance when he says he says "quite a few problems" the orange car does not travel in between shots, and then a taxi appears behind her. Then there's a bus behind him which is suddenly gone between shots, etc. (00:25:00)

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Continuity mistake: During the chat the protagonist and Cybil Shepherd have at the diner, the passersby outside often walk back and forth. Easily recognizable for instance a redhead with a white shirt, blue skirt and a red ribbon tie, a woman with a blue tee and grey hair, another one in a pink tailleur and straw hat, and many more. (00:23:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the last part of the 'stool pigeon' bit between Cybill Shepherd and Albert Brooks, the paper sheet rolled in the typewriter has moved without Tom operating the device at all between shots. His hands also change position between shots (for instance, he points his finger with both hands joined at first, but at the cut just one is raised). (00:19:50)

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Continuity mistake: When Betsy pranks Tom with the paper cup, she 'spills' it with the right hand in the front view, and holds it in her left hand in the reverse shot. She then lifts it well above shoulder level and turns it upside down to show that it is empty, but in the next shot it is at the same height and angle as before. (00:18:25)

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Continuity mistake: In the first scene with the fellow cabbies at the diners, Wizard introduces Doughboy and Charlie T to Travis. Charlie in the very first shot has his toothpick on the right corner of the mouth, but in the close-up it is all the way to the left. (00:16:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Betsy is pointing the taxi driver outside to Albert Brooks, both her hands and his change position in the next shot, when he asks if the cabbie stalker is bothering her. (00:12:55)

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Continuity mistake: Travis is at the concession stand of the theater and has all his candy bars on the counter. Even after he draws the popcorn in, the bars are off the mag the dismissive cashier is reading. She reaches for the cheap cola she somehow manages to pour, and when she puts it with Travis' stuff the magazine is open at a different page and the candy is on top of it. (00:09:25)

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Continuity mistake: After applying for his job, Travis walks towards the exit of the garage, jacket unzipped. In the next shot, the passersby change and his jacket is zipped 1/3 way. (00:04:35)

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Continuity mistake: The guns Travis purchases from Easy Andy are (regardless of what Andy calls them), from left to right, a Smith and Wesson Model 29, a Smith and Wesson Model 36, a Smith and Wesson Escort, an Astra Constable. In the overhead shots at the gun range when Travis goes to practice immediately after, some of the guns change: the first 44 Magnum is the same, but the 38 becomes a Colt Detective Special, the S&W Escort a Galesi-Brescia Brevetto 5, the Astra a Walther PPK (which is what Andy called it earlier).

Continuity mistake: The close-up of the taxi fare meter during the scene with Martin Scorsese's cameo has lighting inconsistent with the rest of the scene. (00:41:00)

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Continuity mistake: When the store owner beats the carcass of the robber, Travis' pistol is either to the right of the box on the counter or to the left, together with the gun of the robber. (01:09:30)

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Continuity mistake: Travis Bickle is preparing for his mission. He puts the flowers in the sink and burns them, he cuts one sleeve from his shirt so he can accommodate a special retractable holster, and then...then he is writing a note for Iris, wearing a shirt with both sleeves, in a room still full of wilted flowers. (01:33:00)

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Continuity mistake: The breakfast scene ends with Jodie Foster having a bunch more toast on her plate than at the start. (01:26:40 - 01:29:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Travis joins Easy Andy in the cab, cars and people in the street behind him change in the reverse angle. (00:54:00)

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Continuity mistake: In the close-up of the stabbing, Murray Moston's hand looks different compared to the previous shot. (01:41:20)

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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)

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Travis Bickle: Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man.

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Trivia: The assassination scene in this movie is said to have inspired John Hinckley Jr. to attempt to kill President Reagan. He did it to get Jodie Foster's attention.

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Question: Why was Travis labeled a hero at the end and not arrested? He murdered several people.

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Chosen answer: One theory about the end of the film is that it is Travis' dying thoughts, but this is not the view of Scorsese or writer Paul Schrader...they intended the ending to be ambiguous and an ironic critique of the media's, and the public's, reaction to and interpretation of violence (Travis is hailed as a hero for rescuing Iris, but we can imagine a very different reaction had he followed his original plan of assassinating a senator). Interestingly, when the film was originally shown on television, the following "disclaimer" of sorts accompanied the closing credits: "In the aftermath of violence, the distinction between hero and villain is sometimes a matter of interpretation or misinterpretation of facts. 'Taxi Driver' suggests that tragic errors can be made. The Filmmakers."

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