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The Purple Taxi (1977)

Un taxi mauve (original title)
R | | Drama | December 1980 (USA)
With his mauve taxi, the old philosopher Dr. Seamus Scully (Fred Astaire) runs around the small green roads of the south of Ireland, becoming confident of his patients, while trying to help them find their way.

Director:

Yves Boisset

Writers:

Anne Dutter (adaptation), Georges Dutter (French adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Sharon Frederick
Philippe Noiret ... Philippe Marcal
Peter Ustinov ... Taubelman
Fred Astaire ... Dr. Seamus Scully
Edward Albert ... Jerry Keen
Agostina Belli ... Anne Taubelman
Jack Watson ... Sean
Mairin D. O'Sullivan Mairin D. O'Sullivan ... Colleen
David Kelly ... Little Person
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Little Person
May Cluskey May Cluskey ... (as May Clusky)
Loan Do Huu Loan Do Huu ... Madame Li
Brendon Doyle Brendon Doyle
Michael Duffy Michael Duffy
Derek Lord
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With his mauve taxi, the old philosopher Dr. Seamus Scully (Fred Astaire) runs around the small green roads of the south of Ireland, becoming confident of his patients, while trying to help them find their way.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Ireland | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purple Taxi See more »

Filming Locations:

Cong, County Mayo, Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The bar used in this movie is called the "Jack Lynch". A replica was built at Ardmore Studios, and when future Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch visited the set, he posed for a photo beneath the sign with Fred Astaire and Charlotte Rampling. When filming was completed, studio chief Sheamus Smith gave him the sign as a gift. It ended up over the door of his holiday home in County Cork. See more »

Soundtracks

Finale
Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by 'Carlo Savina' And His Orchestra featuring The Chieftains
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This is a truly remarkable movie., a forgotten gem!
25 March 2005 | by wim-rietveldSee all my reviews

This is a truly remarkable movie. A forgotten gem of great quality. Ustinov, Rampling, Noiret and the exquisite performance of the old Fred Astaire make this movie an unforgettable experience. Light-hearted drama, fine psychological detailing. The movie sets in the Ireland of 30 years ago. Still unspoilt by the EEC subsidies. Thatched cottages, cart roads and of course a major role for not only the Purple Taxi (Le Taxi Mauve), but also for a splendid early yellow Range Rover. This movie deserves to be restored for a new audience. It is just as fresh as it was 30 years ago. Very subtle acting, fine character playing, in short: not for Americans!


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