D.C. Cab

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D.C. Cab
D c cab.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Topper Carew
Written by Topper Carew
Joel Schumacher
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Edited by David E. Blewitt
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
December 16, 1983 (United States)
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $16,134,627

D.C. Cab is a 1983 American comedy film, starring Mr. T, Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Gary Busey and Irene Cara.[1] The film was co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher.[1] The R-rated comedy was controversial upon release due to Mr. T's appeal among children, which resulted in the film being mismarketed in many regions.[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

Naive but good natured young man Albert Hockenberry (Baldwin) arrives in Washington, D.C. with plans to work for his late father's army buddy Harold (Gail), owner of the run-down District of Columbia Cab company. Aware of the sorry state of his business and from the growing competition from the popular Emerald Cab Company, Harold wants to clean it up but doesn't have the financial means to do so. Complicating matters is the motley group of cab drivers that he has working for him. They all see driving as a dead end job while they wait for better lives, until Albert inspires them to work as a team.

A valuable violin is found in one of the cabs earning Harold and his wife a $10,000 reward as owners of the cab. Harold wants to share the money with the drivers and let them invest in the cab company as partners. However, his greedy wife Myrna picks up the reward money and tosses Harold and Albert's belongings out of the house. The cabbies are not happy about losing their share of the reward, so Albert decides to donate $6,063 of his own money to the cab company and convinces the drivers to stay and make something of the company and themselves. The cabbies completely overhaul the entire business and the revitalized company soon supplants Emerald Cab as the most popular in the city.

Later on, the cabbies work together to rescue Albert and a diplomat's two children after they're kidnapped. The movie ends with a parade in DC Cab's honor.


Critical reception[edit]

D.C. Cab received mixed reviews from film critics. Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars saying, "'D. C. Cab' is not an entirely bad movie, [but] feels like a movie with a split personality".[2] The kidnapping plot was praised for being "fresh", while the stolen violin plot was described as "paralyzingly boring". Overall he described it as "mindless, likable confusion".


Main article: D.C. Cab (soundtrack)

The soundtrack was released in 1983.


  1. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (December 16, 1983). "FILM: 'D.C. CAB,' HUMOR". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ D.C. Cab Movie Review - Roger Ebert, http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/d-c-cab-1983

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