The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

A New York City subway train is hijacked by a group of 4 men and a ransom of 1 million dollars is demanded for the safe return of the 17 passengers.  Well plotted, heist movie has a refreshingly simple plot.  Story isn’t corrupted by the needlessly complicated gimmicks which often hamper modern films, including the 2009 remake.  Exciting and suspenseful, action thriller highlighted by engaging performances from Walter Matthau as the Transit Authority policeman.  Also exceptional is Robert Shaw, known as “Mr. Blue” in his gang with color code names, a device later used in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.  Wonderful location shooting and pulsating score from David Shire enhance the drama considerably.

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2 Responses to “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”

  1. Looks interesting. I wonder if I’d be able to find it here…

  2. A outstanding thriller, with a superb performance from Robert Shaw as a ruthless mastermind who with help of three cohorts hijacks a N.Y.C subway train. holding passengers for a million dollars in cash, to be delivered in one hour, or they will begin killing a hostage for every minute that they are late. Great suspense and excitement , superlative by Walter Matthau as veteran transit cop. One of the best caper films of the early 70s.

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