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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three [Blu-ray]
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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), directed by Joseph Sargent (Colossus: The Forbin Project, Jaws: The Revenge), presents a wonderfully talented cast including Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, and Hector Elizondo. Also making appearances are Jerry Stiller (Seinfeld), Dick O'Neill (Gamera), Kenneth McMillian (Dune), and Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond). The film involves the hijacking of a New York subway train by a group of men armed with semi-automatic weapons for the purpose of extorting one million dollars from the city, otherwise they begin executing passengers, one by one. `What the hell they expect for their lousy 35 cents? To live forever?!"
This is really an entertaining, tense and witty film that kept me interested up until the very end. Matthau really owns this film, appearing as harried yet cool-headed Lt. Zachary Garber, an officer working for the Metro Authority, and main negotiator with the hijackers, lead by the ruthless Mr. Blue, played by Robert Shaw (it's said Quentin Tarantino got the idea of using colors for the names of his characters in Reservoir Dogs (1992) from this film).Read more ›
The film has been released on DVD, and I am absolutely overjoyed, as it is one of my all-time favorites.
Theatrically released in 1974, The Taking Of Pelham 123 is about a group of four armed men (three of them played by the great actors-the late Robert Shaw, the late Martin Balsman and Hector Elizondo) whom hijack a New York City subway train on an otherwise uneventful afternoon, and hold 18 of its passengers hostage. The ransom: One Meeeeeeeellion dollars.
Ooops...that's another movie.
The ransom IS indeed one million dollars (Hey, it was shot in 1974) to be paid by the City Of New York. There are two catches.
Catch #1: The city has only one hour to pay up. For very minute that the city is late, the hijackers will execute one hostage. It is up to Lieutenant Zachary Garber (the late, legendary Walter Matthau) to stop, or at least outsmart them before they kill one. High drama, considering it takes the city FOREVER to do ANYTHING. I know...I live in New York.
Catch #2: The hijackers are underground. IF they get their money...how do they plan on getting away?
Great performances all around from a great mix of big name actors, and fine character actors. People such as Jerry Stiller, Kenneth McMillan, Dick O'Neill, Julius Harris and Tony Roberts, who plays the Deputy Mayor. But the film belongs to Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Matthau, in a departure from his usual comedic roles, displays a tough, yet somewhat humorous demeanor as he "matches wits" with Robert Shaw (whom one year later would play his most celebrated role as Quint in "Jaws"). Shaw's performance is properly understated...which serves his character well, as he is supposed to be cold and calculating.Read more ›
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This is a classic '70s crime thriller. I was very impressed with the action, tension and humor in this film. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Anthony Mitchell
This is such a classic movie - so pleased it was finally released on DVD! It's always fun to watch this version and contrast it with the more recent version with Denzel Washington... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Parachute Girl
Dated, which is a big part of its charm. Oscar Madison holds up under pressure, George Castanza's father had good hair, and Manhattan apartments had stick-on numbers on the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jim
A CLASSIC!! Shaw plays a great bad guy. I loved the ending too. Probably the best movie showcasing the NYC subway system...a character unto itself. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Dr. Moonlight Graham
The way it really is. This is New York City.... the way it used to be, and I suspect the way it still is. Cannot get a more realistic movie. This was done right by everyone.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Conangib
Based on a popular novel by John Godey, THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE tells the story of four men who hijack a New York City subway train, take seventeen hostages, and then... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary F. Taylor
Apparently this is the same transfer as the more recent Special Edition. So if you don't need the bonus material and can find one of these originals in good condition at a fair... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trevor
I won't waste time on reviewing this classic, 5-Star film, because it's so damn good, that in all honestly, if you've not seen it, then you really should. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PoochJD
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