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"You talkin' to me?" is a popular quote said by Travis Bickle, a character played by Robert De Niro in the 1976 movie Taxi Driver. The quote and the scene it was featured in have become a pop culture icon, and made De Niro a star. The phrase is number ten on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes list.

In the scene, Bickle is looking into a mirror at himself, imagining a confrontation which would give him a chance to draw his gun. He says the following line:

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you're talking to?"

The scene was completely ad-libbed by De Niro. The script originally only had the following words in parenthesis: "(Travis looks into the mirror)."

However, George Stevens' 1953 western Shane does contain the following dialogue in a classic standoff scene between Shane (Alan Ladd) and Chris Calloway (Ben Johnson), at the bar in Grafton's saloon:

Shane: "You speaking to me?"
Calloway: "I don't see nobody else standing there."




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