Taxi (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy, Police Comedy, Chase Movie, Odd Couple Film, Buddy Film  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

Taxi driver Daniel (Samy Naceri) gets out of a traffic offense by making a deal with arresting-officer Emilien (Frederic Diefenthal). A friendship develops as Daniel chauffeurs Emilien about, and soon the two are in pursuit of German bank robbers. This film was scripted by Luc Besson during the 30 days he waited for Columbia's decision on his The Fifth Element, and it was completed on the day Columbia okayed The Fifth Element. After a fall from a horse put director Gerard Pires in the hospital, director Gerard Krawczyk subbed since permits issued by Marseilles cited a set time period, and the start date could not be changed. More than 100 cars took part in the crashes and chases through the Marseilles streets with stuntwork by famed racecar drivers.



taxi, cab-driver, bank-robbery, police-detective