“I'll give you a ride fool!”
It's Throwback Thursday and I thought it would be fun to review a classic… D.C. Cab. This 1983 comedy film, starred Adam Baldwin, Max Gail, Mr. T, Gary Busey and others in a hilarious ensemble cast. It received an R rating for mature content and mild violence.
A synopsis of the film
Albert Hockenberry (Baldwin) arrives in Washington, D.C. with plans to work for his late father's army buddy Harold (Gail), the owner of the run-down District of Columbia Cab company. The company is made up of an array of different wacky characters. As Albert tries to adjust and fit in, wanting to become a driver, the others seem to have either lost interest in their job or never had any to begin with.
Fortune finds it's way to the company when an expensive violin is found in one of the cabs. Being that Harold and his wife own the cabs, the money automatically goes to them. Herold has plans to share the money with his drivers but his wife, in a complete pursuit of greediness, goes behind his back and collects the money for herself. At this point in the film Albert decides to put up the money his father left him as an investment in the company. Things begin to turn around for the whole gang as they fix up their cabs and start to have more enthusiasm for their jobs.
The climax of the film consists of the team banning together to rescuing Albert and two children, that one of his regular customers is the nanny of, from kidnappers. And the film ends with a parade held in the cabbies honor.
The movie was co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher. It bares some similarities to some of his other films like The Wiz and Car Wash. It has many funny moments and the story never sours. Each character has a unique quality that the actors playing them brought great distinction to.
Most won't notice it but Samson the character played by Mr. T is very different from his usual roles during that time. The film is told from Albert’s perspective and Adam Baldwin does a terrific job of guiding the audience through it. The music a classic mix of late 70’s and early 80’s is spot on. And the overall tone of the movie will have you rolling. I find the film to be more than a cult classic it's definitely one of those movies you'll find yourself quoting a lot. I give it a 9/10.