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Fade In: context: a cab in the city.
Introducing the hero: looking around the city.
Crossing into the First Threshold: walking through the door.
Threshold Guardian: the taxi office boss.
Back story and capabilities needed of the Hero: we learn about Travis; he was a marine; he can't sleep nights; low intelligence: "what's moonlighting."
Foreshadow / reference to the Supernatural Aid: Wizard in the background.
Hero in his Ordinary World: Travis is his apartment.
Reference to the Inner Challenge: wash away the trash and the garbage...
Nee Creatures in the First Threshold: Travis driving a cab now; the nightlife.
References to the Inner Challenge: the car wash; washing the cab; cleanliness etc.
Conflict in the Inner Cave: Travis rejected by the girl in the Kiss and Tell.
Inner Cave: watching the porn movie.
Physical Separation: seeing Betsy for the first time.
Developing the Romantic Challenge: Betsy in the office.
Foreshadow of the Transformation: Travis watching Betsy.
Meeting the Supernatural Aid: Wizard et al in the café.
Magical Gift: the offer of guns.
Developing the Romantic Challenge: Betsy and Tom in the office.
Trial 1: Travis asks Betsy to go on a date.
Trial 2: Travis and Betsy meet in the coffee shop.
Resistance to Trail 3: Travis calls Betsy, she resists and then agrees.
Foreshadow of the Final Conflict: Palantine in the car. Referencing the Inner Challenge: Travis says that a President should "clean up this place."
Foreshadow if the Final Conflict: Iris tries to get in the car and escape.
Trial 3: Travis takes Betsy to see a porn movie; she walks away.
Journey to the Sword: Alienation for the antihero; the flowers; stomach cancer; feeling lonely.
Seizing the Sword: being excluded; Travis is thrown out of the office.
Rebirth through a Near Death Experience: Scorsese in the car; he's going to kill his cheating wife.
Reward: Travis has made a lot of money.
Atonement with the Father: meeting with the Wizard; Travis is "really down…" "…just wants to go out and do something…" "…thinking bad things…"
Foreshadow of the Final Conflict / Pulled Forward: Palantine on TV.
Pulled Back / Reminder of the Romantic Challenge / Reminder of the Transformation: driving past Betsy.
Foreshadow of the Final Conflict / Pulled Forward: Travis bumps into Iris.
Apotheosis: loneliness has chased Travis all his life; it cannot be escaped.
Ultimate Boon: there is a change. Travis buys the guns.
Refusal of the Return: Travis gets fit. He won't destroy his body anymore.
Resisting the Pull Back to the Old Self: hesitantly watching porn again.
Building the New Self: Travis gets expert with guns.
Magic Flight: pursued by the Secret Service.
Pushing toward the New Self / Pushing toward the Final Conflict: "you talking to me…" sequence.
Becoming the New Self: killing the supermarket robber.
Reminded of the Old Self: watching TV.
Pulled toward the Final Conflict: Travis drives away from Palantine's speech.
Preparing for the Final Conflict: "don't worry about me…"; the card sequence.
Rescue from Without: throwing over the TV; Travis can't resist the pull of the Old Self.
Crossing the Return Threshold: Travis meets with Iris, Harvey Keitel et al; the bedroom scene.
Resisting the Master of Two Worlds / Final Conflict: Travis and Iris having breakfast; she doesn't want to go back.
Developing the Antagonism: Iris and Sport.
Preparing for the Final Conflict: shoe shining; sharpening the knife.
Saying Goodbye to the Old Self: burning the flowers.
New Self:: a Mohican Travis.
Final Conflict: Failing to kill Palantine's.
Final Conflict: rescuing Iris.
Freedom to Live: Medal: the letter from Iris' parents.
Freedom to Live: Inner Challenge Conquered: Travis stands alongside his buddies; Outer Challenge conquered: heard that Palantine got selected, that's OK; Romantic Challenge conquered: Betsy calls on Travis.
by Kal Bashir