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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
7.6 Rating
(144 ratings)
7.7 IMDB rating

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Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

Police Lt. Zachary Garber
Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw

Bernard Grier 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


Written by
JOHN GODEY

JOHN GODEY

(novel)
Peter Stone

Peter Stone

(screenplay)


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A touchstone in the action genre...

5 years, 4 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

Kill One Passenger A Minute Until...

6 years, 7 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

5 years 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
1974 (6), Thriller (5), Drama (5), Crime (5), 1970s (4), Action (4), Subway (4), Train (3), Mayor (3), New York City (3), Tunnel (3), Suicide (2), Murder (2), Undercover (2), Control Center (2), New York (2), Hostage (1), Hijack (1), Shootout (1), Mercenary (1)
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" The Ups: 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. The Downs: The tension is a little lost when the film use supporting actors that are most known for their comedic timing and it doesn't help the scenes with a laughable unlikeable mayor. Annoying ending of the type"


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"Stars: Walter Matthau & Robert Shaw Released: 2 October 1974Box Office: - Rotten Audience: 88%"


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"How do you get the biggest city in the U.S. to pay you a million dollars? Easy. Highjack a subway, make the passengers your hostages & the proceed to murder one for every minute until the Big Apple coughs up the dough. And I'm sure I'm not spoiling it for anyone one out there reading this by pointing out that, if you look at the success ratios that these types of get-rich-quick schemes have had over the years, you can pretty much put one and two together to figure out how this one is gotta play"


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" Beastie Boys - "Sure Shot" Well, it's the taking of The Pelham, One, Two, Three If you want a doo-doo rhyme, then come see me I've got the savior faire with the unique rhyme and I keep it on and on, it's never quitting time and Strictly hand held is the style I go Never rock the mic with the panty hose I strap on my ear goggles and I'm ready to go 'Cause at the boards is the man they call The Mario I've got more action than my man John Woo And I've got mad hits like I was Rod Crew The bigges"


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