The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

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.

By: AN


Release details

104 mins

Cast and crew

Joseph Sargent
Peter Stone
Earl Hindman
James Broderick
Hector Elizondo
Walter Matthau
Robert Shaw
Tom Pedi
Dick O'Neill
Martin Balsam
Lee Wallace
Kenneth McMillan
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