Somewhere underground, in New York's subway system, just outside the Pelham Station, a gang of armed men hijack a train, threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands are met. Forced to stall these unknown assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue is made, transit chief LT Garber (Matthau) must ad-lib, bully. Con and shrewdly outmanoeuvre one of the craftiest and cruellest villains (Shaw) in a battle of wits that will either end heroically or tragically.
Actually, a great classic.
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three review by ND
In the 1970s the Americans made some really great films, I'm sure you can think of several yourself. This is one of the best from that time. The actors are all real characters and there are no dud performances. Even the minor supporting roles are performed with gusto by high quality actors, the policemen and the loud subway supervisors are a joy to watch.
It's slickly directed and edited, the story hangs together pretty well. There are wry laughs, horror, plenty of action and the closing scene is absolutely gripping.
I strongly recommend this film.
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The old ones are the best
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three review by JD
The recent remake got bad reviews so I haven't seen it, but these same reviews praised this classic. I saw this one some time ago and it has lost nothing for rewatching (except the final twist). Walter Matthau is a great lead and the plot is utterly brilliant. I don't rate many films as 5 star but this has got everything: drama, suspense and humour.