After a successful stint as a movie critic, Schrader turned to screenwriting. His first script, The Yakuza (1974), brought a record sum, and in 1976 he sealed his reputation by penning director Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. During the '80s, they collaborated on two of the decade's most important (and controversial) films: Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ.
Meanwhile, Schrader was also beginning to direct with movies such as American Gigolo (1980). Other significant directorial efforts for Schrader include Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Affliction (1998) and Auto Focus (2002).
After trying to fit into life on the outside, a trio of ex-cons soon agrees that what they need is one last score. When a mobster offers them big bucks to kidnap a baby whose father owes him millions, the pals are just dumb enough to accept.