‘Taxi Driver’ 40th anniversary reunion plans announced

Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster will attend an event at Tribeca Film Festival

The cast and creators of Taxi Driver will reunite for the film’s 40th anniversary at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival next month (April).

Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic saw Robert De Niro star as Travis Bickle, a former Marine driven to violence by loneliness and desperation in a bid to protect a young child prostitute played by Jodie Foster. It also starred Harvey Keitel and Cybill Shepherd

The film originally opened in February 1976 and now Scorsese, De Niro, Foster and Sheppard will attend a special screening and Q&A at the New York film event on April 21.

In a statement, Scorsese says: “It’s odd to think that four decades have passed since we shot Taxi Driver on the streets of a very different New York City.

“It was made in a surge of energy, starting with Paul [Schrader]’s one-of-a-kind script, and I was working with an extraordinary group of artistic collaborators as anyone could ever hope for—Jodie, who was 13 years old at the time, and [De Niro] gave the picture something precious, dangerous, and altogether remarkable.”

De Niro added: “It’s a great honour for TFF to revisit Taxi Driver. I’m very proud to have worked on this film with… the extraordinary cast and crew. I remain equally proud today”.

Upon release, Taxi Driver was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

It also won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival. The American Film Institute ranked it the 52nd best American film ever made.