The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller


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In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?


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  • Robert Shaw in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
  • Walter Matthau and Dick O'Neill in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
  • Robert Shaw and James Broderick in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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25 May 2009 | lastliberal
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| Christ, to hear you plead with that chickenshit makes me ashamed to be an American.
Will Denzel Washington be a better Lt. Garber than Walter Matthau? That is the question to be asked next month when the remake of this film hits movie screens.

With some 40 horror films scheduled to be remade, and much discussion over whether they should or should not be done, the question paramount in my mind is how you can possibly improve this film? Matthau was right on spot in this film. He took charge and negotiated with the kidnappers, led by Robert Shaw. The back and forth was crisp and to the point. No wasted words. Shaw was also perfect, and one has to wonder how John Travolta will play this role out.

This movie was tightly directed by Joseph Sargent without special effects and gadgets. It was a crime thriller that focused on the crime. It remains to be seen how Tony Scott can improve on this movie.

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