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Taxi

Street-savvy Daniel, the fastest cabbie in Marseilles, is recruited by bumbling undercover cop Emilien to help track down a gang of German bank robbers, and their unlikely partnership thrives through car crashes, shoot-outs, explosions, and bad antiforeigner jokes. Gerard Pires directed this 1998 French actioner, but producer and writer Luc Besson is the one behind the wheel, his infatuation with American movies and teen fantasy evident in the macho banter, buxom chicks, high-speed chases, and references to The French Connection and Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break. As Daniel, Samy Naceri oozes scuzzy charm, and the sloppy streets of Marseilles provide a breathtaking locale for the mindless fun.

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