Robert De Niro's unhinged cabbie Travis Bickle encapsulates the dark side of New York in Martin Scorsese's bleak and disturbing vision. First latching onto political campaigner Cybill Shepherd before appointing himself the saviour of child prostitute Jodie Foster (an Oscar-nominated revelation at 12 years old), Bickle's descent into vigilatism and violence is as inexorable as it is unnerving. "You talkin' to me...? You talkin' to ME?!"
Robert De Niro
Martin Scorsese's scorching indictment of the conditions that create violence, and a mesmerising evocation of night-time New York in the Seventies. Robert De Niro is superb as Travis Bickle, the psychotic taxi driver whose environment and insomnia combine to drive him into insanity while Jodie Foster is simply amazing as a 12-year-old prostitute.