Taxi 3

January 29th, 2003


Taxi 3

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Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.4/10 (14,088 voted)

Director: Gérard Krawczyk

Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy

A gang of thieves calling themselves the Santa Claus Gang are wreaking havoc, and the police can't keep up. Police Captain Gilbert is distracted by a Chinese reporter writing a story on his squad, detective Emilien's wife has just announced that she's pregnant, and taxi driver Daniel is in the midst of a relationship crisis. After a string of mistakes in which the thieves outsmart the police time and time again with a reporter there to record it all, Daniel and his super-taxi pitch in.

Samy Naceri - Daniel Morales
Frédéric Diefenthal - Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec
Bernard Farcy - Commissaire Gibert
Bai Ling - Qiu
Emma Wiklund - Petra (as Emma Sjöberg)
Marion Cotillard - Lilly Bertineau
Edouard Montoute - Alain
Jean-Christophe Bouvet - Général Edmond Bertineau
Léon-Pierre Mondini - Policier
Bernard Llopis - Policier
Jean-Louis Schlesser - Policier
Jean-Pierre Mas - Policier
Michel Neugarten - Policier
Patrice Abbou - Rachid
Claude Sese - Planton (as Claude Sesé)

Taglines: No speed limits the next 90 min.


Official Website: Europa Corp | Official site [Netherlands] |

Release Date: 29 January 2003

Filming Locations: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Box Office Details

Budget: €14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €319,193 (Spain) (18 May 2003) (131 Screens)

Gross: $13,171,234 (France) (4 February 2003)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Spain:

Did You Know?

The names appearing on the alpine skiing scoreboard are names of members of the crew.

Continuity: In the final assault, we see everyone from the airborne commando hook up just before they jump from the plane as if they had an automatic parachute, but the moment after they jump in free fall.

Emilien: Do you know how to ski?
Daniel: No, I know how to drive.

User Review

The type of comedy I would like Hollywood to do


The TAXI series (this is obviously the third installment) are highly successful French movies which for mysterious reasons are never distributed in USA (or at least in Miami).

Created and produced by the legendary and admired (ex-director) Luc Besson (you remember him from masterpieces like The Professional, La Femme Nikita, The Big Blue or The Fifth Element) he managed to create a mix of action and comedy, with some of ingenuous gags, some adults jokes and plenty of action (mostly car stunts) and very mild violence and overall VERY HUMAN.

TAXI 3 tracks Emilien's (the police officer) obsession to catch a gang disguised as Santa Claus with the help of Daniel (the nuts taxi driver) both trying to overcome their conjugal issues and the pregnancy of their wives. The story is very simple (as is the movie short), so everything rest on the characters (some of them very funny and some not so) and on the impressive stunts which are really very good and a lot more realistic than the computer generated car chases of Bad Boys II.

As I said before, it is really a pity this funny movies get no distribution here. Of course Hollywood can make things like this. Technically better probably but without the natural grace and believability of this very sympathetic group of actors.


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