From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 25 Jun 2003

I recently read Amy Taubin's excellent Taxi Driver volume in the BFI Film Classics series. However, one thing tripped me up. She wrote:

"As Christopher Sharrett notes in his essay 'The American Apocalypse: Scorsese's Taxi Driver', each of the guns Travis buys references a specific macho hero: the Magnum is favoured by Dirty Harry, the Walther PPK and the .25 automatic by James Bond, the snub nose Smith and Wesson
.38 by Mike Hammer."

It's been a while since I've read any Spillane, but wasn't Hammer's
"Betsy" a .45?


ps -- it was really nice to see Taxi Driver on a real movie screen again last night at AFI. Quite a movie, which also draws a lot on The Searchers (along with Bremer's Assassin's Diary and Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground).

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