TAXI TO L.A.

Published in Filmography
  • BASH film: 16
  • Director: Bashar Shbib
  • Year, Country, Medium: 1997, Canada, Color, 35mm
  • Duration, (Format): 78:30 minutes (NTSC)
  • Genre: Fiction, Drame

Grief-stricken after her fiancé called off their wedding, Sam (Alexandra Woodward), an impetuous Montréal socialite, impulsively hires Jack (Mark Houghton), a taxi driver with voyeuristic tendencies, to drive her from Montréal to L.A.

The trip is rougher than either would have anticipated. Sam is outraged that truck stops don't serve cappuccino and offended by Jack's hygiene, or lack thereof, while Jack is exasperated by Sam's nagging and her ignorance of the real world. As the mismatched couple makes their way across America, both Sam and Jack's outlooks begin to change and the two develop a rapport.

The journey opens Sam's eyes to life beyond the country club and her exuberance helps crack Jack's cynical and defensive shell. As antagonism gives way to affection, a larger question begins to loom: can the relationship between this odd couple last beyond their eight-day taxi ride to L.A.? 

Cast & Crew

STARRING : ALEXANDRA WOODWARD, MARK HOUGHTON, JAY FERGUSON, GEOFF DEADMAN
PRODUCTION MANAGER : KARINE ZERBÉ
MAKE-UP, HAIR & COSTUME : CLÉLIA MARSADIÉ
CAMERA / D.O.P. : JAY FERGUSON
EDITOR : PHILIP JANDALY, ROSELLA TURSI
ORIGINAL MUSIC : JEAN-FRANÇOIS FABIANO
SCREENPLAY : BASHAR SHBIB, DIANE CARLSON
BASED ON AN ORIGINAL STORY by : LIZ SHANNON
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER : MICHEL ZGARKA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : SAMI CHBIB, PIERRE LATOUR
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB


THIS FILM IS PRODUCED WITH
THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION OF:

TELEFILM CANADA
SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES ENTREPRISES CULTURELLES (SODEC)
GOUVERNEMENT DU QUÉBEC (Programme du Crédit d'Impôt)
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (Tax Credit Program)

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