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Taxi (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 October 2004 (USA)
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A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.

Director:

Tim Story

Writers:

Luc Besson (earlier screenplay), Robert Ben Garant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Latifah ... Isabelle 'Belle' Williams
Jimmy Fallon ... Andrew 'Andy' Washburn
Henry Simmons ... Jesse
Jennifer Esposito ... Lt. Marta Robbins
Gisele Bündchen ... Vanessa
Ana Cristina de Oliveira ... Redhead
Ingrid Vandebosch ... Third Robber
Magali Amadei Magali Amadei ... Fourth Robber
Ann-Margret ... Mrs. Washburn
Christian Kane ... Agent Mullins
Boris McGiver ... Franklin
Adrian Martinez ... Brasilian Man
Joe Lisi ... Mr. Scalia
Bryna Weiss ... Mrs. Scalia
GQ ... Stopwatch Messenger
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Storyline

Belle Williams is a speed demon. Flying through the streets of New York in her tricked-out taxi, she's earned a rep as New York's fastest cabbie. But driving a hack is only a pit stop for her real dream: Belle wants to be a race car champion. And she's well on her way--until she's derailed by overeager cop Andy Washburn, whose undercover skills are matched only by his total ineptitude behind the wheel. Washburn, whose lack of vehicular skills has landed him in the precinct doghouse, is hot on the heels of a gang of beautiful Brazilian bank robbers, led by Vanessa, their cold, calculating--and leggy--leader. To nab the evasive crooks, drivers license-less Washburn convinces Belle to team up with him to pursue Vanessa and crew. Belle has carte blanche to drive at any speed and break any law. The car-less cop and speed-demon cabbie--New York's unlikeliest partners-- begin a high-speed game of cat and mouse with the robbers. That is, if Belle and Washburn don't end up killing each other ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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He's armed, but she's dangerous. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Portuguese | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York Taxi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,029,832, 10 October 2004

Gross USA:

$36,879,320

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,372,109
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin Bray was originally set to direct, but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

The Lieutenant tells Washburn that he is "Not suspended, but fired". While a superior officer has the ability to remove an officer from service and suspend, they cannot summarily fire the officer. Firing an officer involves a formal hearing before termination can take place. See more »

Quotes

Washburn: [pulls out his badge] See this? This is a badge! It means your not allowed to *scream* at me!
Belle: [takes the badge] Ah Ah Ah.
Washburn: [tries to get badge back] Come on now. Give it back.
[goes to grab badge and ends up flipping over, then stands up with a gun pulled out]
Washburn: Hand it over cabbie!
Belle: Whoa, man! Be cool!
Washburn: Be cool? I had to flip and pull this out of my ankle holster! Now gimme that and shush!
[goes to grab badge, he doesn't get it and Belle gets the gun too]
Washburn: Ah!
Belle: Ha. Yeah! How do you like me to point it at ...
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the closing credits See more »

Connections

References Jungle Fever (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartburn
Written by Alicia Keys, Walter Worth Millsap, Erica Rose, Candice Nelson and Timbaland
Performed by Alicia Keys
Courtesy of J Records
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Big budget comedy with cut-rate jokes...
23 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Slick, flashy film, a semi-remake of Luc Besson's "Taxi" from 1998, here Americanized as an urban action-comedy. Queen Latifah plays smart-mouthed cabbie with a souped-up vehicle in New York City who inadvertently partners with stumble bum cop Jimmy Fallon to crack a major crime case. Film should have relied more on Latifah's natural sass and less on Fallon's white-bread, dim-witted act (race is a constant punchline in the script, and Fallon is just there as Exhibit A). Jennifer Esposito is wonderful as a no-nonsense police lieutenant, Ann-Margret is a stitch as Fallon's tippling mother, and John Sierros (Broadway actor shamefully credited as 'Fat Cop') shines as a bamboozled police officer, but what happened to Queen Latifah? She gets a few good cracks in, but there's no character here for her to play; she sticks to her sarcastic persona and puts everyone down, but her role is depressingly one-dimensional. Comedy has a fast pace, impressive cinematography (although the swooping crane shots in traffic get repetitive) and some good car chases, but the screenplay needed an overhaul. ** from ****


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