The Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeClosed Captioning
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Walter Matthau stars as a New York transit cop who must keep four ruthless terrorists who've hijacked a Bronx subway car from killing hostages (a pimp, a pregnant Puerto Rican woman, a hippie, a prostitute, a WASP, a wino, and a gay man) one by one if their $1,000,000 ransom demand is not met within an hour.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 32
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It's the only action picture I've seen this year that has a rousing plot.
Fresh: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a good action caper about a subway car heist under the streets of Manhattan.
Fresh: Darkened encounters with the ghost of Abe Beame don't come more giddily thrilling.
Fresh: Superior exercise in urban paranoia; the superb location work of director Joseph Sargent goes a long way toward tempering the artificialities of the plot.
Watch before you see the Summer 2009 remake
This is a classic and although the remake will probably have a lot of splashy special effects, I doubt it will match the real NYC feel of the 1970s version
Moves like a runaway train....
A superior adaptation (from the novel), this script moves the action along with the speed of a runaway train, given voice by some great actors. If you insist, rent it then buy. However, you'll wish you had bought it in the first place.
I enjoyed watching this movie after 25+ years
This movie is so great. I saw it as a kid and wanted to see it again as a refresher before seeing the remake that is coming out soon. It's more of a comedy from what I remembered but it's funny to watch because of the dialogue, the primitive technology and seeing NYC in it's younger state. $.35 for a subway ride! $1-million in ransom money - times sure have changed.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1974
- © 1974 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All rights reserved.