The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

Director: Joseph Sargent Cast: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam
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The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

On a quiet midday in New York, along the Lexington Avenue subway line, the train designated "Pelham One Two Three" -- so named for its station of origin and time of departure -- makes its way down the East Side of Manhattan. One by one, three men board the train, and at 28th Street, a fourth man approaches the motorman (James Broderick) and points a pistol at him, ordering him to unlock the door to his cab and admit the man waiting there; meanwhile, another man points a gun at the conductor and threatens to kill him unless he holds the doors open and then closes them when the man talking to the motorman is aboard. Once on board, "Mr. Blue" (Robert Shaw) and "Mr. Green" (Martin Balsam) halt the train between stations, while "Mr. Brown" (Earl Hindeman) and "Mr. Gray" (Hector Elizondo) seal off the lead car. With Mr. Green at the controls, the front car is separated and isolated in the tunnel with 17 passengers aboard, and then Mr. Blue presents their demands over the radio: one million dollars in cash, within one hour, or they will start shooting one passenger each minute. On the other end, Transit Police Lieutenant Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) must overcome his initial disbelief to deal with this threat, amid the confusion of a subway system that's chaotic even when it's running normally. With the mayor reluctantly aboard to pay the ransom, Garber must keep the hijackers from carrying out their threat while the money is transported, and keep the hotheads around him and on the police force under control -- and figure out how they intend to get away with a million dollars from inside a subway tunnel with police on all sides.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/1996
UPC: 0027616581433
Original Release: 1974
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Matthau Lieutenant Garber
Robert Shaw Blue
Martin Balsam Green
Hector Elizondo Grey
Earl Hindman Brown
Thomas LaFleur Older Son
Maria Landa Spanish Woman
William Snickowski Hippie/Plainclothes Policeman
James Broderick Denny Doyle
Dick O'Neill Correll
Kenneth McMillan Borough Commander
Carolyn Nelson Coed #1
Lucy Saroyan Coed #2
Walter Jones Mr. Mattson
Robert Weil Marino
Christopher Murney Dispatcher
Tim Myers Plumber
Thomas Barbour T.A. Chairman
Simon Deckard Ptl. Miskowsky
Sal Viscuso Ptl. O'Keefe
Burtt Harris Ptl. Ricci
Gene Gross Muscat
Conrad Yama Mr. Tomashita
Toru Nagai Mr. Yashimura
Bill Cobbs Man on Platform
Joe Seneca Police Sergeant
Carmine Foresta Train Expediter
Carey Loftin Stunt Driver
Paul Nuckles Stunt Driver
Harry Madsen Stunt Driver
Rick Seaman Stunt Driver
Lee Wallace The Mayor
Tom Pedi Caz Dolowicz
Beatrice Winde Mrs. Jenkins
Jerry Stiller Lt. Rico Patrone
Nathan George Patrolman James
Rudy Bond Police Commissioner
Doris Roberts Mayor's Wife
Cynthia Belgrave The Maid
Anna Berger The Mother
Gary Bolling The Homosexual
Carol Cole The Secretary
Alex Colon The Delivery Boy
Joe Fields The Salesman
Mari Gorman The Hooker
Michael Gorrin The Old Man
Louise Larabee The Alcoholic
George Lee Miles The Pimp
Jerry Holland Budy Carmondy
Ruth Attaway Mayor's Nurse
Tony Roberts Warren LaSalle
Julius Harris Inspector Daniels

Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director
Alixe Gordin Casting
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Gabriel Katzka Producer
Stephen F. Kesten Associate Producer
Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Dick Mingalone Camera Operator
Herb Mulligan Set Decoration/Design
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Gene Rudolf Art Director
Edgar J. Scherick Producer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
David Shire Score Composer
Peter Stone Screenwriter

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The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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DeafDeeDee More than 1 year ago
My husband and & I saw this movie when it was first released. In our old age, we'd like to have a DVD of this old favorite of ours. HOW-SOME-EVER, we wonder why the currently released DVD does not employ CLOSED CAPTIONS or SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH!!! There are subtitles in French and Spanish for a film that is designated Region #1 ONLY - meaning it can't be shown in Europe -- so why the subtitles in Spanish & French in a region that cannot telecast it? Doesn't make sense. Why doesn't someone wake up and small the coffee and insert some English Subtitles or English Captions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite its being dated, espeically with regard to such political incorrectness as making yellow-man fun of a Japanese business delegation, this thriller is an extraordinary example of how storytelling can overcome its own defects. From a beginning that feels harsh and over-the-top, and a set of New York characters you'd RUN to avoid, the momentum builds to a frantic 3-way intercut chase that will leave you glued to the screen and breathless--a masterpiece of directing that clearly influenced Tarantino in more than just the "Mrs" "White" and "Green."
book-chick More than 1 year ago
Unsure about the movie, have never seen it. Purchased it for a gift for someone else, they wanted to see the older version before the new version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago