Taxi Driver

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)

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)

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: 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.

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

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Other mistake: The continuity of the sequence with Travis killing Iris' Time Keeper is choppy; audio of him screaming is heard even when his mouth is closed, and his eyes are open, then closed. He is also staying completely still for the shots of the final blow after displaying fierce blind suicidal aggression (going after a man with a gun even having no weapon and one hand turned into a pulp), where his head appears pushed against the couch in a different way between angles. (01:41:25)

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Other mistake: Travis Bickle's voiceover reading the letter to Mom and Dad says that July is Father's day month. But the holiday happens in the month of June (at least in the US). On the other hand, it's more than just a Character Error, because when you see the written part of the card held by Robert De Niro, the word used is "June" and not "July." (01:12:00 - 01:13:20)

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Other mistake: The man (turns out to be a mafia bigshot) who goes to Iris' pimp Sport asks him if she's in the usual building, and walks off, no doubt about his intentions. It's broad daylight, and it's summer. Yet Travis, who is also on booze and pills after failing to kill the senator and surely did not bid his time, arrives in East 13th Street only when it's already pitch black outside, and the john is still with Iris in the 'work' room, with them being fully clothed and with the bed made (but she's on her knees so they are 'just about to do it'). (01:37:30 - 01:39:45)

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Other mistake: Travis built a special arm holster for a gun that allows him to pull a gun easily, popping it in hand while his arm is already outstretched. It's the weapon he prepared for in the iconic "You talkin' to me?" scene, and practices handshaking with it. We see a scene when he prepares to go kill the Senator cutting the sleeve of the shirt off. And yet, when the actual attempted hit is shown, Travis has his hand (the gun hand) inside his jacket, alerting security. (01:36:30)

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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: [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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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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