Directed by Gérard Pirès



Gérard Pirès


Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard


Axia Films

France 1998 86 mins OV French
Genre ComedyAction

Daniel Morales (Samy Naceri) works as a taxi driver in Marseille, but at the wheel of his modified white Peugeot 406, he drives like he’s on the racetrack. Nothing can slow him down, until one day he finds himself driving at top speed with a certain Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec (Frédéric Diefenthal), unaware that the latter is in fact a cop. Rather than arresting him, Émilien requests his assistance in arresting the Mercedes Gang, German bank robbers who constantly slip through the police net.

Produced and written by Luc Besson (NIKITA, THE PROFESSIONAL, THE FIFTH ELEMENT), TAXI was released in 1998 and was a huge box-office success, selling over 6 million tickets in France. The action-comedy, which anticipated the likes of FAST AND THE FURIOUS, became a cult hit in France and Quebec and spawned four sequels and even an American remake. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Fantasia is delighted to present this film, which remains as funny and exciting today as ever, delivering a barrage of gags and stunts brilliantly orchestrated by director Gérard Pirès. Winner of the César for Best Editing and Best Sound, TAXI also boasts a highly dynamic soundtrack composed by Akhenaton from the group IAM. In front of the camera, the charismatic Samy Naceri and the hilarious Frédéric Diefenthal have incredible chemistry, and they are well supported by a cast that also includes Bernard Farcy as Inspector Gibert, Marion Cotillard as Lilly, Daniel’s girlfriend, and Swedish model Emma Sjöberg as Petra, a colleague with whom Émilien is in love. Brace yourselves, it's going to be a bumpy ride! – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg