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Chicago Cab (1997)

There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character ... See full summary »

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Will Kern (play), Will Kern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dillon ... Cab Driver
Tim Gamble Tim Gamble ... Religious Father
Olivia Trevino Olivia Trevino ... 4-Year Old Girl
Moira Sinise ... Religious Mother (as Moira Harris)
Rana Khan Rana Khan ... Pakistani
Darryl Theirse ... X-Hat
Michael Ironside ... Al
Shanesia Davis Shanesia Davis ... Lawyer (as Shanesia Davis-Williams)
Laura Kellogg Sandberg Laura Kellogg Sandberg ... Bug-Eyed Woman
Phillip Edward Van Lear ... Father-to-Be (as Phillip Van Lear)
Ora Jones Ora Jones ... Pregnant Woman
Michael Shannon ... Crack Head
Shulie Cowen ... Stoner Girl
Andrew Rothenberg ... Homer
Tracy Letts ... Sports Fan
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Storyline

There is more to this story than this review lets on. It reflects all different facets of society over one drivers shift. He starts out it seems as a cold, ignorant man. But his character develops as the different people of Chicago come & go. His character shows through when he tells a woman the truth about one of the huys he has in his cab. One highlight of this is the amount of cameos by well known faces who seem to be doing this film for the craic. The cab driver reacts well to the madness surrounding him & you can almost share his tiredness at the end of the shift. Crackheads, stoners, posh randy lawyers, irate Pakistanis and the high & lows of the working day are dealt with in this low budget film. Written by Michael A Hunter <thewaas@yahoo.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Do you dare pay the fare?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellcab See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,947, 13 September 1998

Gross USA:

$23,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,946
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original play, "Hellcab", opened in Chicago in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Cab Driver: Why does everything have to be so fucked up?!
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Crazy Credits

The film's copyright date in the credits is 1998, despite premiering in 1997 and being completed that same year. This means the date might have been added ahead of time, in anticipation of a theatrical release in 1998. See more »

Connections

References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Watch the Fat Man Swing
Performed by Skeleton Key
Written by Erik Sanko, Chris Maxwell, Rick Lee, Steve Calhoon
Published by Genghis Music / Exquisite Corpse / Sculpted Shag / Makeshift Cuban Sandwich / Sumio Publishing
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Excellent. Simply excellent.
4 December 2003 | by jbradshawSee all my reviews

I remember the night I watched Chicago Cab for the first time. It was a few years ago and it was around 3:00 A.M. As soon as I saw the cab park to pick up the coke head, I was hooked. This movie, in my opinion, can be seen any time of the year but the true effect is present on or around the Christmas season. In some odd way, you can relate this film to the holidays. Of course, the movie is set on the winter solstice which is near Christmas but it's more of a relation to the depression that people face near Christmas. In any event, this movie is a must see. Paul Dillon deserves a standing ovation from every individual that sees this movie. You can't really "connect" with the driver but, then again, you can. If you ever see Chicago Cab/Hell Cab on your cable guide screen, do not pass it by. Watch it.


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