Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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A gang of thugs who have hijacked a subway train near New York's Pelham Station and threaten to kill one hostage per minute. Forced to stall the assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue made, transit chief Lt. Garber must somehow ad-lib, con, and outmaneuver one of the craftiest, cruelest villains ever. It s a race against time, and no one knows whether things will end heroically or tragically in this pulse-pounding thrill ride! Bonus features included.

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Nursebob
Mar 21, 2017

A smart, tightly edited thriller with an all-star cast that manages to keep the action moving right up until the unexpectedly comical ending. Flipping back and forth between claustrophobic interiors and widescreen cityscapes, director Joseph Sargent ratchets up the suspense while keeping the plot simple and believable. A few non-PC moments may make overly sensitive contemporary audiences squirm (listed among the closing credits are "The Homosexual", "The W.A.S.P." and "The Hooker" ha! ha!) but hey, it was the freaking 70s!

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jchrisc
Feb 17, 2016

Easily just as enjoyable, if not more, than the Washington/Travolta remake

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

A group of heavily armed men take a subway car full of passengers hostage threatening to kill one person every minute unless their demands are met. A smart, tightly edited thriller with an all-star cast that manages to keep the action moving right up until the unexpectedly comical ending. Flipping back and forth between claustrophobic interiors and widescreen cityscapes, director Joseph Sargent ratchets up the suspense while keeping the plot simple and believable. A few non-PC moments may make overly sensitive contemporary audiences squirm (listed among the closing credits are "The Homosexual", "The W.A.S.P." and "The Hooker" ha! ha!) but hey, it was the freaking 70s!

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garycornell
Dec 04, 2014

This may be the best overlooked Walter Matthau movie. "The Taking of Pelham, One, Two Three" is a solid action film. Walter Matthau plays police Lt. Zackary Garber who must deal with hijackers of a New York City Subway train. The hijackers refer to themselves by colors, the main hijacker is played by Robert Shaw who is known in the film as blue. If you like a movie with suspense, then this is just what you were looking for. Both Matthau and Shaw put in strong performances as two men on either side of a hijacking. I think the threat of killing one hostage a minute until their demands are met was brilliant. See for yourself by taking a chance on "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 07, 2014

The original, not the Denzel Washington/John Travolta remake.

Missumuch Apr 30, 2014

This was a great movie. When it first came out, I was 10, lived in NYC and our home subway stop was on an elevated platform so I was scared to death that this would really happen. I refuse to see the remake as I like Denzel too much and they should have left this one alone. This was a top thriller for its time, up there with The French Connection, which of course is now all dated. A must see.

bluzdog Apr 29, 2014

If you can allow for the fact that a movie this old is bound to be dated in many ways, it's one of the best of it's time. Matthau and Shaw at the absolute top of their game. Cool NY City locations and interesting look into the subway system as it was back then. (BTW, the remake with Denzel Washington and John Travolta fails sadly by comparison)

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

The late, great Walter Matthau, king of the deadpan, with his dry wit and punchy sarcasm, was the highlight of this gritty '74 classic. Brit actor Robert Shaw's cool indifference as the villain, nonchalantly doing a crossword puzzle (!) while waiting for the ransom - priceless. An all around well written, imaginative caper. The drunk woman had it all figured out. She slept through the while thing! (lol) Trivia: Ever since the release of the film, no #6 train has ever been scheduled to leave Pelham Bay Park at either 1:23 a.m. or 1:23 p.m. Also, Steven Spielberg was considered as director. FIVE STARS.

macabrescribe May 24, 2011

Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw shine in this sleek 1970s thriller. Somehow, the movie manages to be original while not going so far out on a limb that it's obviously grasping for that "unique" label. The film is very well-structured. It hits all the key points that it needs to without dragging things out more than it needs to. I love the ending because it's so unconventional. It furthers the point that Walter Matthau is totally awesome.

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roadhockey
Mar 17, 2010

Superb and tense. The villans always seem to be in control (unlike the remake) and Shaw's calm demeanor makes him more disturbing. Mathau is superb and offers some comic relief to the unrelenting tension.

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

Lt. Garber (to his co-workers, and the directors of the Tokyo Subway): "Don't worry about a thing - they don't understand a word of English. This way dummies. Just step this way dummies."

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

Mayor: "We're going to let 'em keep the goddamn subway train. Hell, we've got plenty of them. We'll never even miss it."

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

Lt. Garber (to the wounded male hippie undercover officer, face down on the tracks): "We'll have an ambulance here in no time, miss."

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

Lt. Garber: "The guy who's talking's got a heavy English accent. He could be a fruitcake."

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

Lt. Rico Patrone: "We had a bomb scare in the Bronx yesterday, but it turned out to be a cantaloupe."

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

Caz Dolowicz: "Oh, come on. If I've got to watch my language just because they let a few broads in, I'm going to quit. How the hell can you run a goddamn railroad without swearing?"

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Monolith
May 01, 2012

The Drunk Woman: (Waking up after the train screeches to a halt) "Forty-Second Street already?"

laustcawz Mar 01, 2012

Matthau as Garber: "Gezundheit!"

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