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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
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Walter Matthau Walter Matthau
Police Lt. Zachary Garber
Robert Shaw Robert Shaw
Bernard Ryder aka Blue
Martin Balsam Martin Balsam
Harold Longman aka Green
Hector Elizondo Hector Elizondo
Giuseppe Benvenuto aka Grey
Earl Hindman Earl Hindman
George Steever aka Brown
James Broderick James Broderick
Denny Doyle - Train Conductor
Dick O Dick O'Neill
Frank Correll
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace
Al - the Mayor of New York City

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Peter Stone Peter Stone


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A touchstone in the action genre...

9 years, 7 months ago at Mar 3 14:28
4 votes
"Now, then, ladies and gentlemen, do you see this gun? It fires 750 rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition per minute. In other words, if all of you simultaneously were to rush me, not a single one of you would get any closer than you are right now. I do hope I've made myself understood."

The type of gritty, ruthless thriller that could only emerge during the '70s, Joseph Sargent's class... read more

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10 years, 10 months ago at Dec 19 16:45
4 votes
One of those super cool movies from yesterday. Matthau and Shaw are perfectly matched as adversaries who never see each other face to face until the final chapter. Movies like this aren't being made anymore. With it's sharp humor, snappy dialog and gritty action one can understand the influence this flick would have on future film makers like Quentin Tarantino.

Entertaining action/thriller

9 years, 3 months ago at Jul 17 19:42
4 votes
A remake has come in 2009, with John Travolta & Denzel Washinton, with about the same name. Before I'm gonna see the new version, I made sure I watched the old version, in case it's better, which older version of films (example: The Day the Earth Stood Still) usally am.

The movie got a great set of atmosphere, especially when you think of how they hijacked the train, why they do it ... read more
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Four ruthless gunmen take over a New York City subway and hold the passengers for ransom. They threaten to shoot one each minute until a million dollar ransom is fully paid.
Release date: 14 November 1974
UPC: 027616837523
Tags: Thriller (7), Crime (6), 1974 (6), Action (6), Subway (5), Drama (5), New York City (4), 1970s (4), Train (4), Mayor (4), Tunnel (4), Murder (3), Undercover (3), Control Center (3), Suicide (3), Runaway Train (2), Public Transport (2), Demands (2), Wheelchair (2), Heist (2)
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" One of the first terrorists-hijack-something movies and it is also one of the more realistic films in it's genre. It has a good premise and the getaway plan is pretty reasonable. Walter Matthau is solid in a "tougher" role for him. It is better than it's glossier remake even if some tension is lost when the film use supporting actors that are most known for their comedic timing and it doesn't help there are scenes with a laughable unlikable mayor. "

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