Signal 7 (1984)
“Driving a hack now is just like it was in ’35 – I mean, we have the same problems.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… dreaming of more for themselves (one extended sequence shows them unsuccessfully auditioning for parts in a play):
discussing formation of a union, dealing with the murder of one of their colleagues, and interacting with their fares.
This low-budget movie received glowing notices by the New York Times upon its release, with reviewer Nina Darnton describing it as an “unusual, touching, intelligent film” about “pride, loneliness, friendship, ambition, failure, fear and hope,” with a story that “slowly draws the audience in, building with a cumulative power.” I would essentially agree: while it’s not must-see viewing, I became surprisingly caught up in this well-crafted tale about 24 hours in the lives of men who don’t usually get to shine on-screen.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: