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Encyclopedia > Taxi (2004 film)
Taxi
Directed by Tim Story
Produced by Luc Besson
Written by Luc Besson,
Thomas Lennon,
Ben Garant
Starring Queen Latifah,
Jimmy Fallon,
Gisele Bündchen,
Jennifer Esposito
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) 6 October 2004
Running time 97 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Taxi is a 2004 American remake of the 1998 Luc Besson-penned French film of the same name, starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon and Gisele Bündchen, and directed by Tim Story. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (510x755, 97 KB) Taxi (2004) film poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Timothy Kevin Story (born March 13, 1970) is an American film director. ... Luc Besson (IPA: ) (born March 18, 1959) is a French film director, writer and producer. ... Luc Besson (IPA: ) (born March 18, 1959) is a French film director, writer and producer. ... This article is about the comic actor and writer. ... Garant (center, pointing) with cast of Reno 911! as Dept. ... Also see the Arab singer Latifa Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey) is a Grammy-winning American rapper/singer, model, and Academy Award-nominated actress. ... James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and Grammy nominee best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen (born July 20, 1980) is a Brazilian supermodel. ... Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and dancer. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Luc Besson (IPA: ) (born March 18, 1959) is a French film director, writer and producer. ... Movie poster of Taxi Taxi was a 1998 French movie starring Samy Naceri, written by Luc Besson, and directed by Gérard Pirès. ... Also see the Arab singer Latifa Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey) is a Grammy-winning American rapper/singer, model, and Academy Award-nominated actress. ... James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and Grammy nominee best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen (born July 20, 1980) is a Brazilian supermodel. ... Timothy Kevin Story (born March 13, 1970) is an African-American film director. ...

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Plot Synopsis

Belle (Queen Latifah) is a talented driver and auto mechanic who dreams of driving in NASCAR. As the film opens she celebrates her last shift as a bicycle courier by performing a crowd-pleasing sequence of bicycle stunts as she passes through New York City, breaking a speed record in the process. She has won her taxi license. Belle neglects her boyfriend and has bestowed much love on her custom-built cab over the past five years. This evening, having skipped her dinner date, she installs a supercharger into the cab. Also see the Arab singer Latifa Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey) is a Grammy-winning American rapper/singer, model, and Academy Award-nominated actress. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...


The next day, her first customer offers her a $100 tip if she can make it to JFK in fifteen minutes. She makes it in nine, making the passenger sick in the process. Meanwhile, a group of fashion models exit the airport.


The action cuts back to New York City where undercover detective Washburn, (Jimmy Fallon) is about to bust a phone card ring from Cuba. He makes up a street name in Havana, which blows his cover, and a gunfight develops. Washburn's partner is wounded in the arm and the Cubans escape. Trying to follow them in his partner's car, Washburn starts it in reverse and crashes it. Back at the precinct station, Lt. Robbins, (Jennifer Esposito) confiscates his driver's license. James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and Grammy nominee best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and dancer. ...


Later, hearing of a bank robbery, Washburn in plainclothes encounters trouble flagging down a car to take him to the scene, so flags down a taxi cab, which turns out to be Belle's. They arrive at the bank just as the four robbers depart in a BMW. Washburn accidentally shoots out one of Belle's windows and they end up cornering the BMW in an alley. The BMW driver cleverly gives Belle the slip, but as the car passes she recognises the occupants as the same models from the airport. Their leader is Vanessa (Gisele Bündchen). In a misunderstanding, police arrive and hold up Belle and Washburn. Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen (born July 20, 1980) is a Brazilian supermodel. ...


Belle's cab is impounded as evidence and she is taken in for questioning as a witness to the robbery; she is upset as it means the loss of two weeks' earnings. Washburn promises to get her cab back if she will join him on his beat--thus solving the problem of his confiscated license.


Belle and Washburn pursue the robbers, getting close once or twice. Washburn takes Belle home. His mother (Ann Margret) is constantly drunk and always has a margarita going in the blender. She brings up embarassing moments of Washburn's past and why he's such a bad driver. Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a five-time Golden Globe Award-winning, Academy Award, Emmy Award and Grammy-nominated American actress, singer and dancer. ...


Later, Washburn talks to the impound cop (Patton Oswalt) and eventually convinces him to give him and Belle the cab back. They realise that the gang always robs banks just before the garbage collection is due. The robbers take the money, put it in the trash and the garbage man collects it. However, things haven't gone well, and Washburn is fired from his job. Belle teaches him to drive. They discover that the garbage collector on the bank round has been performing collections for the gang because they have kidnapped his wife. They trace the kidnapper and recover the garbage collector's wife and all the loot. Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is an American actor, writer, voiceover artist, and professional comedian. ...


The police learn which bank is next to be hit, and they lie in wait for the robbers, who take a hostage. After a hostage swap, the gang escape with Lt. Robbins as hostage, followed by Washburn and Belle in her cab. Belle calls on the help of her former bike messengers to pinpoint the location of the car. During the ensuing chase they continually try to swap the hostage for the money while driving down the road. Washburn forces the robbers down a long bridge he knows is under construction. Belle is wounded by Vanessa, and Washburn drives Belle to the hospital.


In the final scene, Belle is behind the wheel of her new car in a NASCAR stadium, sponsored by New York banks. Washburn, Robins, and Washburn's mother cheer her on. Jeff Gordon, driver of the 24 car in NASCAR's top series, makes an appearance.


Cast

Also see the Arab singer Latifa Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey) is a Grammy-winning American rapper/singer, model, and Academy Award-nominated actress. ... James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and Grammy nominee best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Henry Simmons as Baldwin Jones in NYPD Blue Henry Oswald Simmons Jr. ... Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and dancer. ... Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen (born July 20, 1980) is a Brazilian supermodel. ... Ingrid Vandebosch is a supermodel and occasional actress born in Zichen-Zussen-Bolder, a town in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... Christian Kane (born June 27, 1974 in Dallas, Texas) is an American actor and singer/songwriter, best known for his role as the morally ambiguous lawyer Lindsey McDonald on the show Angel and as lead singer for the country rock/American band KANE. Though born in Texas, his family moved... Joe Lisi (also credited as Joe Lissi) (born 9 September 1950) is an American television actor. ... Jeffery Michael Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is a professional American race car driver. ...

Trivia

  • The racetrack that Belle does her practice run on is Phoenix International Raceway.
  • The unfinished highway seen at the end is set to be in New Jersey near Fair Lawn, and looks to be connected to the Garden State Parkway, as seen on the map that Detective Washbourne is reading. No such highway exists in New Jersey, and the approximate location of the unfinished highway is really the Bergen Medical Center in Oradell.
  • An uncredited role by Jeff Gordon, invited by girlfriend (and later wife) Ingrid Vandebosch, who plays a bank robber was involved.
  • Washburn carries three guns: a Glock 19 9mm, a .38 special snub nose revolver, and a Beretta 84 Cheetah. He also uses a Smith & Wesson in the garage.
  • The side scoops on Belle's car are actually part of the bodykit for the 2004 Ford Mustang manufactured by Saleen.

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Taxi (2004) - Ninth Symphony Films Review (797 words)
Taxi is an odd little film strung together by pieces of dialogue that were ostensibly written to cause audience laughter, but which usually just cause a crinkled forehead of confusion instead.
The time spent between the action sequences when the characters are supposed to be developing and furthering their relationships is useless, as the comedy is unfunny and the drama is ineffective.
This isn't a poorly made film as the cinematography, music, and set direction are all well-done and consistent with a big budget feature film.
Taxi (2004) Movie Review - The Hollywood News (517 words)
Taxi is such an unbelievably inept comedy that I kept wondering if the title wasn’t given to the film because it represented the work of so many hacks.
I guess it’s fair to point out that Taxi was intended more as vehicle for Queen Latifah than Fallon, but whatever the circumstances it’s difficult to imagine either of these two rising stars signing on for this joyless-ride without a gun being held to their head.
For example one of the running gags in the Taxi is that Fallon is a terrible driver, and to drive the point home there was a two minute scene depicting Jimmy’s inability to leave a parking spot and pull onto the street.
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