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As Travis drives slowly alongside the two girls, a black man (Frank Adu) rushes along the streets in the opposite direction, screaming “I’m going to kill her, I’m going to kill her,” over and over again. The man’s rage is so intense and so real that, for a moment, it cracks the veneer of the sleek and streamlined aesthetic object that is Taxi Driver. Unlike some of the street people, however, this particular man is an actor, and the brief appearance of his character is noted in [Paul] Schrader’s script. Echoing the jealous husband [Martin Scorsese], the man gives voice to Travis’s anger at Betsy for rejecting him. It’s as if the entire city is infected with homicidal rage. - Amy Taubin, Taxi Driver (BFI Film Classics)