The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Blu-ray) R

We are going to kill one passenger a minute until New York City pays us 1 million dollars.
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 5, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Note: Interview with star Hector Elizondo
    • Interview with composer David Shire
    • Interview with editor Jerry Greenberg
    • Audio commentary by actor/filmmaker Pat Healy and film programmer/historian Jim Healy
    • "Trailers From Hell" with Josh Olson
    • Animated montage of stills and posters
    • Original theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • DTS

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Total Count: 38

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 9,418
Rating: 5/5 -- Surly humor powers the movie as much as the ticking-clock premise does. Full Review
eFilmCritic.com
Jun 14, 2009
One of the decade's great defenses of New York Full Review
CinePassion
Sep 8, 2009
Rating: 3/4 -- What's good about Pelham's example of the form is that the performances are allowed enough leeway so that we care about the people not the plot mechanics. And what could have been formula trash turns out to be fairly classy trash, after all. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Apr 29, 2018
Rating: 4/5 -- The original version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was made 35 years ago, yet it retains a quality of cool that will remain long after people have forgotten the current version. Full Review
Arizona Republic
Jun 10, 2009
Taps into viewers' paranoia over a decrepit, vulnerable infrastructure and then provides bitter laughs and a harrowing catharsis. Full Review
New Yorker
Aug 27, 2018
... hasn't the credentials of Dog Day Afternoon or The French Connection but this ingenious crime caper / hostage drama is one of the great New York crime films of the 1970s. Full Review
Seanax.com
Mar 30, 2017
Rating: B+ -- Smart, tense, and funny, Joseph Sargent's thriller is a product of its times, reflecting New York in the 1970s and part of a cycle of urban paranoia movie, such as French Connection and Dog Day Afternoon. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Jul 3, 2009

Product Description:

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE superbly achieves what few other movies do: a successful blend of thrills, style, comedy, drama, suspense and action. It is the precursor for many thrillers of the 1990s, from indie hits like Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS, and more popular, Hollywood vehicles like SPEED.

The story focuses on four criminals who hijack a subway car and demand one million dollars from the mayor of New York, threatening to kill one hostage per minute if their demands aren't met. The hijackers are Mr. Blue (Robert Shaw), the crafty and efficient leader; Mr. Green (Martin Balsam), the train driver; Mr. Gray (Hector Elizondo), the hothead; and Mr. Brown (Earl Hindman), a nervous, stuttering man. New York City transit lieutenant Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) goes above and beyond his call of duty to play negotiator with the hijackers. The camera grabs the viewer by taking him down into dark gritty hallows of the subway tunnels and into the midst of the harrowing situation on the hijacked car. Based on the book by John
Godey, TAKING OF PELHAM is a true classic that depicts the dark, crime-ridden climate of 1970s New York city.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 2, 1974
  • Ever since the release of the film, no #6 train has ever been scheduled to leave Pelham Bay Park at either 13:23 or 01:23.
  • Filmed mostly in the tunnels leading to the decommissioned IND Court St. station in Brooklyn. The station itself served as Grand Central and 28th St.
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  • Sales Rank: 19,655
  • UPC: 738329203085
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