Among the 1970s accounts of abrasive men eking out lives on the fringes of society, Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader's Taxi Driver towers above the rest. Their vision of an alienated veteran wandering through the streets of a New York on the brink continues to stand today as an exacting - if disturbing - encapsulation of a social type. The fact this famously spoke to similarly disaffected men is almost no surprise. Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle is a character who, distressingly, is all around us, even today.
But bringing this archetype to the screen was no easy feat. Behind the camera, the production dealt with everything from psych evaluations to warnings from wiseguys. Here are a few of the nightmares that went into pulling off Taxi Driver, now widely considered one of the best films ever made.
To Appear In The Film, Jodie Foster Had To Pass A Psych Evaluation
The Film Inspired An Attempt On Ronald Reagan's Life
The Crew Had To Hire Syndicates To Protect Them From Other Syndicates
Paul Schrader Based His Screenplay On His Personal Three-Week Bender
The Shootout Had To Be Desaturated To Prevent An X Rating
Robert De Niro Got A Cab Driver's License To Prepare For The Role