Taxi (2004 film)
name = Taxi
|"Taxi" film poster
Luc Besson, Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant
Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen, Jennifer Esposito
Luc Besson Robert Simonds
20th Century Fox
6 October 2004
runtime = 97 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0316732|
"Taxi" is a 2004 American
remakeof the 1998 Luc Besson-penned, Gérard Pirèsdirected French film of the same name, starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallonand Gisele Bündchen, and directed by Tim Story.
Belle Williams (
Queen Latifah) is a talented driver and auto mechanic who dreams of driving in NASCAR. As the film opens she celebrates her last shift as a bicycle courier by performing a crowd-pleasing sequence of bicycle stunts as she passes through New York City, breaking a speed record in the process. She has won her taxi license. Belle neglects her boyfriend Jesse ( Henry Simmons) and has bestowed much love on her custom-built cab over the past five years. This evening, having skipped her dinner date, she installs a supercharger into the cab.
The next day, her first customer offers her a $100 tip if she can make it to JFK in fifteen minutes. She makes it in nine, making the passenger sick in the process. Meanwhile, a group of fashion models exit the airport.
The action cuts back to New York City where undercover detective Andy Washburn (
Jimmy Fallon) is about to bust a phone card ring from Cuba. He makes up a street name in Havana, which blows his cover, and a gunfight develops. Washburn's partner is wounded in the arm and the Cubans escape. Trying to follow them in his partner's car, Washburn starts it in reverse and crashes it. Back at the precinct station, Lt. Marta Robbins, ( Jennifer Esposito) confiscates his driver's license and demotes him to Foot Patrol duty.
Later, hearing of a bank robbery, Washburn in plainclothes encounters trouble flagging down a car to take him to the scene, so he flags down a taxi cab, which turns out to be Belle's. They arrive at the bank just as the four robbers depart in a BMW. Washburn accidentally shoots out one of Belle's windows and they end up cornering the BMW in an alley. The BMW driver cleverly gives Belle the slip, but as the car passes she recognises the occupants as the same models from the airport. Their leader is Vanessa (
Gisele Bündchen). In a misunderstanding, police arrive and hold up Belle and Washburn.
Belle's cab is impounded as evidence and she is taken in for questioning as a witness to the robbery; she is upset as it means the loss of two weeks' earnings. Washburn promises to get her cab back if she will join him on his beat--thus solving the problem of his confiscated license.
Belle and Washburn pursue the robbers, getting close once or twice. Washburn takes Belle home. His mother (
Ann Margret) is constantly drunk and always has a margarita going in the blender. She brings up embarrassing moments of Washburn's past and why he's such a bad driver.
Later, Washburn talks to the impound cop (
Patton Oswalt) and eventually convinces him to give him and Belle the cab back. They realize that the gang always robs banks just before the garbage collection is due. The robbers take the money, put it in the trash and the garbage man collects it. However, things haven't gone well, and Washburn is fired from his job. Later that night, Belle teaches him to drive. They discover that the garbage collector on the bank round has been performing collections for the gang because they have kidnapped his wife. They trace the kidnapper and recover the garbage collector's wife and all the loot.
The police learn which bank is next to be hit, and they lie in wait for the robbers, who take a hostage. After a hostage swap, the gang escape with Lt. Robbins as hostage, followed by Washburn and Belle in her cab. Belle calls on the help of her former bike messengers to pinpoint the location of the car. During the ensuing chase they continually try to swap the hostage for the money while driving down the road. Washburn forces the robbers down a long bridge he knows is under construction. Belle is wounded by Vanessa, and Washburn drives Belle to the hospital.
In the final scene, Belle is behind the wheel of her new car in a NASCAR stadium, sponsored by New York banks. Washburn (recently reinstated back into the
NYPD), Robbins, and Washburn's mother cheer her on. Jeff Gordon, driver of the 24 car in NASCAR's top series, makes an appearance.
Queen Latifahas "Isabelle 'Belle' Williams"
Jimmy Fallonas "Det. Andrew 'Andy' Washburn"
Gisele Bündchenas "Vanessa"
Henry Simmonsas "Jesse"
Jennifer Espositoas "Lt. Marta Robbins"
Ana Cristina de Oliveiraas "Redhead (Second Robber)"
Ingrid Vandeboschas "Third Robber"
Magali Amadeias "Fourth Robber"
Ann-Margretas "Washburn's Mom"
Christian Kaneas "Agent Mullins"
Boris McGiveras "Franklin"
Adrian Martinezas "Brasilian Man"
Joe Lisias "Mr. Anthony Scalia"
Bryna Weissas "Mrs. Scalia"
Jeff Gordonas himself (cameo appearance)
*The racetrack that Belle does her practice run on is
Phoenix International Raceway.
*The unfinished highway seen at the end is set to be in
New Jerseynear Fair Lawn, and looks to be connected to the Garden State Parkway, as seen on the map that Detective Washbourne is reading. No such highway exists in New Jersey, and the approximate location of the unfinished highway is really the Bergen Medical Center in Oradell.
* An uncredited role by
Jeff Gordon, invited by girlfriend (and later wife) Ingrid Vandebosch, who plays a bank robber was involved.
* Washburn carries three guns: a
Glock19 9mm, a .38 special snub nose revolver, and a Beretta 84 Cheetah. He also uses a Smith & Wessonin the garage.
*The side scoops on Belle's car are actually part of the bodykit for the 2004 Ford Mustang manufactured by Saleen.
*Washburn's disguise during the Cuban credit-card scam scene is a mixture of
Johnny Depp's first undercover scene in "Donnie Brasco" and Al Pacino's Tony Montana accent from "Scarface".
*Most of the chase scenes were shot in
Los Angeles, California.
* [http://www.foxhome.com/taxi/ Official site]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Taxi (1998 film) — Infobox Film name = Taxi caption = director = Gérard Pirès writer = Luc Besson starring = Samy Naceri Frédéric Diefenthal Marion Cotillard Manuela Gourary Emma Sjoberg Bernard Farcy producer = Michele Petin Laurent Petin cinematography = Jean… … Wikipedia
Yesterday (2004 film) — Infobox Film name = Yesterday caption = Yesterday film poster writer = Darrell Roodt starring = Leleti Khumalo Harriet Lenabe director = Darrell Roodt producer = Anant Singh Helena Spring distributor = HBO Films (USA) released = September 3, 2004 … Wikipedia
Nobody Knows (2004 film) — Nobody Knows Film poster Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda Produced by … Wikipedia
Breaking News (2004 film) — Breaking News Traditional 大事件 Simplified 大事件 … Wikipedia
Taxi — may refer to:In transport* Taxicab, a vehicle with a driver for hire which conveys passengers between locations of their choice * Taximeter, a mechanical or electronic device installed in taxicabs * Taxicab stand * Share taxi, a mode of transport … Wikipedia
Film noir — Two silhouetted figures in The Big Combo (1955). The film s cinematographer was John Alton, the creator of many of film noir s iconic images … Wikipedia
Taxi (film, 1998) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Taxi (homonymie). Taxi Données clés Réalisation Gérard Pirès Scénario Luc Besson Acteurs principaux … Wikipédia en Français
Taxi 4 — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Taxi (homonymie). Taxi 4 Données clés Titre original Taxi 4 Réalisation Gérard Krawczyk Scénario Luc … Wikipédia en Français
Taxi Driver — Données clés Réalisation Martin Scorsese Scénario Paul Schrader Acteurs principaux Robert De Niro Jodie Foster Albert Brooks Harvey Keitel Leonard Harris Peter Boyle Cybill Shepherd … Wikipédia en Français
TAXI (advertising agency) — TAXI is a Canadian advertising agency that was founded, in 1992, in Montreal. The company has five locations in Canada and one in the United States.cite web url=http://www.strategymag.com/articles/magazine/20070601/timeline.html?word=TAXI… … Wikipedia