WriterLuc Besson (scenario) Release date29 January 2003 (2003-01-29) Initial DVD releaseDecember 9, 2003 (Germany) CastSamy Naceri (Daniel Morales), Frédéric Diefenthal (Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec), Marion Cotillard (Lilly Bertineau), Emma Wiklund (Petra), Bernard Farcy (Commissaire Gibert), Bai Ling (Qui) Similar moviesElf, Blackhat, The Wolf of Wall Street, Let's Be Cops, Mission: Impossible III, The Polar Express
Taxi 3 2003 trailer
Taxi 3 is a 2003 French comedy film directed by Gérard Krawczyk. Starring Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal and Marion Cotillard. It is the sequel to Taxi 2 and was followed by Taxi 4.
A group of thieves calling themselves the Santa Claus gang are wreaking havoc, using Santa Claus costumes to commit heists, and the Marseille police are, as usual, unable to keep up. Superintendent Gibert (played by Bernard Farcy) is distracted by a Chinese journalist (Bai Ling) writing a story on his squad, and is unable to stop the robbers.
Detective Emilien's wife, Petra, has just announced that she's pregnant and taxi driver Daniel (Samy Naceri) is in the midst of a relationship crisis. His long-suffering girlfriend Lilly has walked out on him after finding him customising his taxi at four o'clock in the morning, and complaining that their house has become a mere garage and how Daniel stopped paying attention to her.
After a string of mistakes in which the thieves outsmart the police time and time again, the journalist is kidnapped. It is revealed that the journalist is the leader of the Santa Claus gang. The police go in search, but Emilien is captured after another botched attempt to arrest them. The journalist sets a trap; she leaves Emilien tied to a chair in an old warehouse, directly in the path of a giant ball which will crush him five minutes later. At the very last moment, Daniel rushes in with his taxi and rescues him. They track the gang to their hideout in the Swiss mountains, where the journalist and her accomplices are arrested by a crack team of Alpine troops. Gibert lands in an ice-bound lake after leaping from an aircraft with them. Petra gives birth, Daniel proposes to Lilly and a Gibert is seen being pushed around in a wheelchair covered in ice.
Samy Naceri as Daniel Morales
Frédéric Diefenthal as Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec
Marion Cotillard as Lilly Bertineau
Bernard Farcy as the Superintendent Gibert
Edouard Montoute as Alain
Emma Wiklund as Petra
Bai Ling as Qiu
Jean-Christophe Bouvet as the General Edmond Bertineau
Patrice Abbou as Rachid
Claude Sese as Planton
David Gabison as the Minister
Sylvester Stallone had a cameo at the beginning of the film as a taxi passenger with his voice dubbed as he cannot speak French.
The opening titles are an amusing spoof of those featured in the James Bond movies, and there are several nods to the 007 canon throughout the film e.g. Daniel's rotating number plate and the ski chase at the film's climax.