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Dog Day Afternoon. Annie Hall. Taxi Driver. In the pantheon of classic New York films, these three take pride of place. But there are, of course, others, some of which have fallen through the cracks over the years, criminally overlooked and unjustly relegated to commercial-riddled Saturday-afternoon TV broadcasts. Joseph Sargent's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is just such a picture. This taut 1974 thriller about four armed men who highjack a New York City subway train and hold it and its passengers for ransom may be hopelessly dated (it's loaded with ethnic stereotypes, impossibly wide neckties, and bad hairdos--and there are no explosions!), but that's part of the fun. A gruffly sardonic Walter Matthau heads a fine cast that includes Jerry Stiller, Hector Elizondo, Martin Balsam, and a perfectly villainous pre-Jaws Robert Shaw. Think you'll find a better film that depicts a nearly broke city led by an inept mayor forced to deal with armed terrorists? Fuhgeddaboutit! --Steve Landau --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the classic version of the fim, Matthau is excellent. The initial reactions to the kidnapping of the train ar beautifully played out. A good movie.
This is a much better version than the 2009 remake. The plot is better and Robert Shaw's understated character provides more menace with his calm demeanor than Travolta's... Read morePublished on March 17 2010 by Harris Macklin
So the special effects and maybe the cinematography aren't as flashy as the remake, but I liked this version better. It seems more realistic somehow.Published on June 30 2009 by R. Kendall
O.K. not quite as it was popular at the time; bit of a nerd did some research and it is based on a bestselling novel at the time. It is nicely crafted and well thought out. Read morePublished on March 4 2009 by Paul D. Leney
I was so pleased to see this released on DVD. copies are inexpensive and should be purchased without prejudice. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Ashley Allinson
In the same way that "The Naked City" portrays New York City of the forties, "Pelham" does justice to the 70's. This is a great movie! Read morePublished on May 21 2004
I was in high school when this film came out. I remember standing on a long line on Broadway in a snow shower to see it. It was well worth the wait. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
I first saw this movie on TV in the mid 80s edited of course. Now I can see it in all it's
wide screen glory. Read more
Pelham is a little difficult to pin down. It is part detective story, part action story and part drama. Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by Hank7629