Synopsis by Bruce Eder
The Knowledge is the story of four men and how they make preparations for an all-important event in their lives -- the examination that will allow them to work the coveted job of taxi driver in Greater London. In the course of learning of their hopes and aspirations, and the impact of these plans of the men's families, the viewer gets a deep and abiding respect for the strictness with which standards in this field are maintained in London. "The Knowledge" is the familiarity with the city's myriad streets and neighborhoods, and often takes many years to master. Made for British television, this comedy drama got a fair amount of notice around the world, especially in the United States -- and no more so than in New York City, whose Taxi and Limousine Commission frequently licenses drivers whose knowledge of the streets goes no further south than Houston Street or north of 200th Street (which is Dyckman Street -- a trick answer). The film flew on its own merits, but was also a revelation in the city when shown on public television.