Overall Rank: 655
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 89
Theatrical Release Date: 10/02/1974
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Joseph Sargent
Actors: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, Jerry Stiller
Plot: In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 11/19/2011
The thrilling nature of this film actual stems more from the complete characters than the action scenes. The villains are genuinely ruthless and terrifying and the heros genuinely humble and courageous and it is that struggle that raises the stakes and makes the film's climactic action sequence work so well.
TheWolf - wrote on 12/24/2007
This is a first-rate, on the edge of your seat movie. The actors and actresses are first rate. You will be wondering what is going to happen next, all the way to the climax of the movie. You will feel for the passengers of Pelham 1-2-3, as they deal with the hijacking of their subway. The hijackers are quite ruthless, and have no reservations about gunning down the passengers with their sub-machine guns; if the passengers don't cooperate. Also, the hijackers don't allow a lot of time for their demands to be met. Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw are fantastic, and the ending is absolutely brilliant!
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Yojimbo - wrote on 05/10/2012
A ruthless gang with colour coded pseudonyms (sound familiar?!) and automatic weapons hijack a New York subway train in this hugely entertaining heist movie. Walter Matthau is at his sardonic best as the transport cop in charge of the situation, with Robert Shaw as the coldblooded mercenary heading the hijackers who include Hector Elizondo as the obligatory psychotic loose cannon ("they threw him out of the mafia"!) It concentrates more on the dialogue and characters to build tension than fireworks including some great behind the scenes banter as the mix of trademark New Yorker foul-mouthed ill temper, pragmatism and sarcasm come into effect when dealing with the situation, all set to a cool Schifrin-esque soundtrack. One of the best thrillers of the 1970s.
filmfan09 - wrote on 04/22/2009
Four ruthless terrorists take over a New York City subway train and hold the passengers aboard for ransom. They threaten to shoot one each minute until a one million dollar ransom is fully paid. A Transit Police Lieutenant has to keep the hijackers from carrying out their plan and keep the police force under control, while the money is transported. With all this going one also he tries to figure out how they intend to get away with a million dollars from inside a subway tunnel with police on all sides.
'The Taking of Pelham One Two Three' stars Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Jerry Stiller, and Martin Balsam. All of them give flawless preformances. This movie will grab hold of you and will never let go. There enough suspense that will literally keep on the edge of your seat, wondering …
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