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Taking of Pelham One Two Three [Blu-ray] [Import]

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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


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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the remake June 30 2009
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come in Pelham 123 March 8 2005
Format:DVD
I was so pleased to see this released on DVD. copies are inexpensive and should be purchased without prejudice. This is an absolute classic, certainly the type of film that would never be made today. a subway highjacking with all of the classic ethinc seterotypes on board. Walter Matthau is in charge of the case at New York transit headquarters. after putting his foot in his mouth a couple of times, Matthau's leadership come through in one of the best ending to a movie ever. Fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take this Version March 17 2010
Format:DVD
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 over-the-top-I'm-about-to-blow-again character. Walter Mathau is superb and provides some much needed humour to the unrelenting tension.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A movie that came out of nowhere March 4 2009
Format:DVD
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. Does leave a few surprises as to how the criminals will get caught. Walter Mathau was pretty darn good at it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars quite decent suspense thriller from the 70's Sept. 5 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
this is a pretty good suspense thriller from the 70s.it's about a group
of armed gunmen who take over a subway train and hold the passengers
hostage,demanding 1 million dollar ransom for their safe return.the film
takes place in New York.i really loved some of the accents,and i don't
mean that in a bad way.i also found it amusing how some of the
characters behaved in the film.for example one of the men most
responsible for keeping the trains running,is a complete jerk and cares
more about the train than the passengers.also,it was comical to see the
mayor of New york complain about 1 million dollars,saying they
didn't have that kind of money.that's absurd.true,a million dollars was
more back than,compared to today,but this is New York we're talking
about.anyway,i'm about to go off on a tangent,so i better move on.the
movie has some suspense and has 1 really thrilling sequence.there's no
big explosions or anything like that.this movie is much simpler.there
are some big names from that time in the movie,and all have good
performances.but i especially liked Walter Matthau.i had never seen him
in a dramatic role before.the last movie i saw him in was the comedy
"Grumpy Old Men"(and its sequel)with Jack Lemmon.some people may find
this movie slow compared to today,or quaint even,which is probably
true,to some degree,but i liked it.For me,"The Taking Of Pelham One Two
Three" is a 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come in Pelham 123 June 21 2004
Format:DVD
I was so pleased to see this released on DVD. copies are inexpensive and should be purchased without prejudice. This is an absolute classic, certainly the type of film that would never be made today. a subway highjacking with all of the classic ethinc seterotypes on board. Walter Matthau is in charge of the case at New York transit headquarters. after putting his foot in his mouth a couple of times, Matthau's leadership come through in one of the best ending to a movie ever. Fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 70's flick... May 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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! Did anyone notice that the opening theme music was also used in the more recent Mel Gibson movie, "Payback"?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Suspense Drama May 21 2004
Format:DVD
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. Thirty years later, it was well worth the wait to buy this DVD. While there's no give-me's on this disc (which is a shame), this action packed, and often funny, film is one of those that for some reason didn't stand the test of time or become a cult hit. Perhaps New York and America want to forget the inner city squalor of the 70s (although "Mean Streets" and "Taxi Driver" remain popular). But this film is worth watching just for Robert Shaw's chilling portrayal of a subway hijacker. The filming is appropriately dark and grainy. If not for any reason, watch a well-crafted suspense/action movie before they became completely gory, bloody messes.
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