Taxi 3January 29, 2003
Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.
Release Year: 2003
Rating: 5.4/10 (14,088 voted)
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy
A gang of thieves calling themselves the Santa Claus Gang are wreaking havoc, and the police can't keep up. Police Captain Gilbert is distracted by a Chinese reporter writing a story on his squad, detective Emilien's wife has just announced that she's pregnant, and taxi driver Daniel is in the midst of a relationship crisis. After a string of mistakes in which the thieves outsmart the police time and time again with a reporter there to record it all, Daniel and his super-taxi pitch in.
(as Emma Sjöberg)
Général Edmond Bertineau
(as Claude Sesé)
No speed limits the next 90 min.
Release Date: 29 January 2003
Filming Locations: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: €319,193
(18 May 2003)
(4 February 2003)
Did You Know?
The names appearing on the alpine skiing scoreboard are names of members of the crew.
In the final assault, we see everyone from the airborne commando hook up just before they jump from the plane as if they had an automatic parachute, but the moment after they jump in free fall.
Do you know how to ski?
No, I know how to drive.
The type of comedy I would like Hollywood to do
The TAXI series (this is obviously the third installment) are highly
successful French movies which for mysterious reasons are never distributed
in USA (or at least in Miami).
Created and produced by the legendary and admired (ex-director) Luc Besson
(you remember him from masterpieces like The Professional, La Femme Nikita,
The Big Blue or The Fifth Element) he managed to create a mix of action and
comedy, with some of ingenuous gags, some adults jokes and plenty of action
(mostly car stunts) and very mild violence and overall VERY
TAXI 3 tracks Emilien's (the police officer) obsession to catch a gang
disguised as Santa Claus with the help of Daniel (the nuts taxi driver)
both trying to overcome their conjugal issues and the pregnancy of their
wives. The story is very simple (as is the movie short), so everything rest
on the characters (some of them very funny and some not so) and on the
impressive stunts which are really very good and a lot more realistic than
the computer generated car chases of Bad Boys II.
As I said before, it is really a pity this funny movies get no distribution
here. Of course Hollywood can make things like this. Technically better
probably but without the natural grace and believability of this very
sympathetic group of actors.