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In order to work off his tarnished driving record, a hip Parisian taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.8/10 (28,968 voted)

Gérard Pirès

Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard

In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can't drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn't lose his license and his dream job.


Samy Naceri

Daniel Morales

Frédéric Diefenthal

Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec

Marion Cotillard

Lilly Bertineau

Manuela Gourary

Camille Coutant-Kerbalec

Emma Wiklund


(as Emma Sjöberg)

Bernard Farcy

Commissaire Gibert

Georges Neri


Guy Quang

Pizza Joe Motorcyclist

Maurice Murcia

Pensioned Taxi Driver

Sabine Bail

Femme Préfecture

Dan Herzberg


Sébastien Thiery

Driving Instructor

Eric Bérenger


(as Eric Berenger)

Philippe du Janerand

Passenger to Airport

Christophe Fesquet

Flic Radar #1

Release Date: 20 November 1998

Filming Locations: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Box Office Details

Budget: FRF 53,000,000


Opening Weekend: £45,337
(28 November 1999)
(53 Screens)

Gross: $138,497
(22 November 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


When Émilien (Frédéric Diefenthal) is taking his driving lessons, he driving school is called G. Pires, just as the director of the film.


In one of the getaways, a gray Honda Accord enters the avenue before the red Mercedes passes by. In the next shot, the same Accord can be seen making a turn from another street, after the Mercedes.


Lilly Bertineau:
Flowers! Can we smoke them?

User Review

A great film all round!

Rating: 10/10

In my opinion this is the one of the best mainstream French movies in a
while. I know that for many of us subtitled French movies are not regular
choices. The film didn't break any UK/USA box office records (presumably
people were put of by its subtitles and french origins) which is a real
shame. Well why should you give this one a try? Here goes…

The movie was written and produced by Luc Besson, director of such films
Leon (aka The Professional in the USA), The Fifth Element (with Bruce
Willis), Kiss of the Dragon (with Jet Li and Bridget Fonda) and Nikita
La Femme Nikita in the USA).

The story follows Daniel, a moped pizza delivery guy who has worked to
fulfill his dream of becoming a Marseilles taxi driver. He has tuned and
tweaked his own taxi into something a little special… something a little
out of the ordinary… I don't want to give the game away so I'll leave it

The film is a fast paced thrill ride that crosses the boundaries of
comedy, romance, farce and buddy movie amongst many other genres. The
characters are likeable, the humour is quick and snappy and the driving is
fast and furious (some of the best chases seen on screen for a few years).
After a short while you barely realise that you are reading the subtitles.
The storyline may not be particularly original but it is well executed
overall. The soundtrack is funky and fits in perfectly with the

It's not Shakespeare, but it never sets out to be Shakespeare. So if you
looking for a nicely shot film, suitable for just about anyone, give it a