Taxi (1998 film)
|Directed by||Gérard Pirès|
|Produced by||Michele Petin
|Written by||Luc Besson|
|Distributed by||France ARP Sélection
Lions Gate Entertainment (US)
|Running time||86 minutes|
In Marseille, France, an aspiring racecar driver named Daniel (Samy Naceri), is a Vespa pizza-delivery boy who just quit his job and became a taxi driver. With his supercharged Peugeot 406 he eludes the police while quickly transporting his fares to their destinations. Finally caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he is forced to help Émilien (Frédéric Diefenthal), a down-on-his-luck police inspector, on the trail of professional German bank robbers driving supercharged Mercedes. Trying to juggle a budding relationship with his beautiful girlfriend Lili (Marion Cotillard) and a need for high-speed chases, Daniel helps Émilien so that he does not lose his license and quite possibly his job.
In terms of box office admissions, the "Taxi" series is one of the most successful French franchises ever, grossing a reported total of $200 million worldwide and 23 million admissions in France.
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