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Music director  Page Hamilton
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

6.1/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Screenplay  Will Kern
Country  United States
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Director  Mary Cybulski John Tintori
Release date  October 1997 (Chicago International Film Festival) September 18, 1998 (theatrical)
Writer  Will Kern (play), Will Kern
Directors  John Tintori, Mary Cybulski
Cast  Paul Dillon (Cab Driver), Tim Gamble (Religious Father), Olivia Trevino (4-Year Old Girl), Moira Sinise (Religious Mother), Rana Khan (Pakistani), Darryl Theirse (X-Hat)
Similar movies  Night on Earth, Taxi, Collateral, Blackhat, Airplane!, Ghostbusters
Tagline  Do you dare pay the fare?

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Chicago Cab, also known as Hellcab, is a 1997 American film directed by Mary Cybulski and John Tintori. It is based on a play by Will Kern.


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The film follows an unnamed taxi driver (played by Paul Dillon) over one day in Chicago. More than 30 passengers enter his taxi throughout the course of the film, providing snippets into their lives. Among the actors giving cameo appearances are Gillian Anderson, John Cusack, Laurie Metcalf, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Michael Shannon, Michael Ironside, and Reggie Hayes.

Release and reception

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Chicago Cab had its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 1997, where it was nominated for a Golden Hugo Award. It was not released in movie theatres until September 18, 1998, when it played in two venues and earned $23,946.

The film received criticism for having unrealistic taxi passengers, since all of the characters have an exciting story. Roger Ebert, however, gave it three stars out of four, saying "Drama is always made of the emotional high points." Emanuel Levy also gave a positive review: "A compassionate portrait of a lonely cabbie is at the center of the serio comedy ... [the passengers] highlight perceptively the funny, scary and dreary moments in a typical working day of a city cab driver."

Chicago Cab had a DVD release on April 7, 2009.


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