The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

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Four hijackers, got up like Groucho Marx and led by Robert Shaw with the voice of a Dalek, kidnap a New York subway train and hold the city to ransom. Saviour of the system is Transit Authority Inspector Matthau, harking back to his early acting days as a grim heavy, and with a Bronx accent as thick and fancy as a piece of angel cake. It's a slice of Urban Crisis life, you see, and to prove it the occupants of the train 'represent a cross-section of New York: a pimp, a Puerto Rican pregnant girl, a hippie, a hooker, a WASP, a wino and a homosexual'. This movie's so up-to-date even the mayor's a laughing-stock. Yet, despite the caricature, the facile screenplay by Peter Stone, and the desperate direction from Sargent ('who has directed some of television's finest hours'), the film retains a fascination - the way Juggernaut did; and needless to say, it's been a monster hit in cities with an underground system.
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1974

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104 mins

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pelham123

Pelham is my all time favorite movie, it's the perfect genre flick. Superb cast, decent plot and one of the greatest scores ever composed for film, In context, my other favourite movies are The Warriors (Walter Hill), Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio), Le Samurai (Jean-Pierre Melville) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)

pelham123

Pelham is my all time favorite movie, it's the perfect genre flick. Superb cast, decent plot and one of the greatest scores ever composed for film, In context, my other favourite movies are The Warriors (Walter Hill), Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio), Le Samurai (Jean-Pierre Melville) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)