TAXI DRIVER, 1976, Columbia, 113 min. Director Martin Scorsese's urban odyssey is just as potent as on its original release. Peter Boyle is veteran cabbie "Wizard," one of the few people that Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro's pistol-packing, insomniac, psycho loner) confides in amidst the open sewer that is mid-1970s Manhattan. The film won not only the Cannes Palm D'Or but also received four Oscar nominations. With Jodie Foster.
JOE, 1970, MGM Repertory, 107 min. Dir. John G. Avildsen. After a drug binge lands his hippie daughter (a debuting Susan Sarandon) in the ER, white-collar dad, Dennis Patrick heads to downtown Manhattan to gather her things. Instead he runs into her grungy partner (Patrick McDermont). Appropriately traumatized, Patrick winds up at a bar where he befriends working-class, hippie-hating Joe (Peter Boyle). The pair bond and set out on a trip that concludes in nightmarish carnage at a rural commune. Full synopsis
- Genres: Drama, Suspense/Thriller