On This Day…

Taxi Driver….

February 8, 1976….

Martin Scorsese‘s psychological thriller starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster opens. It’s about a lonely veteran (De Niro) working as a taxi driver, who descends into insanity as he plots to assassinate a presidential candidate. John Hinckley, Jr. would become obsessed with this movie and Jodie Foster, prompting him to attempt to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in order to impress Foster. Hinckley’s defense played the movie at his trial. De Niro improvised the line “You talkin’ to me?”, which has become part of the pop culture lexicon.