Taking of Pelham One Two Three [DVD] [1974]

  • SKU: 3855091
  • Release Date: 02/29/2000
  • Rating: R
This classic New York City subway-heist film suffers from a stripped down DVD release. Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw are both excellent in this hard-boiled, '70s cops-and-robbers drama that relies heavily on black humor. The film was ahead of its time in combining laughs with violence, and Quentin Tarantino was obviously watching. (Notice how the bad guys use color-coded aliases like Mr. Brown, which popped up in Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs). Matthau's dry one-liners predate the sensitivity of the P.C. era and give the movie its edge. Presented here in theatrical widescreen, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three offers no extras other than its trailer, joining an annoying trend of bare-bones DVD releases. The package does include a liner note booklet with information about the production, focusing instead on the film's use of the NYC subway. This archaic feature easily could have been digitized and expanded; the fact that it was not displays the lack of creativity that marks this entire release.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • Collectible booklet
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis


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. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Walter Matthau
    Walter Matthau - Lieutenant Garber
  • Robert Shaw
    Robert Shaw - Blue
  • Martin Balsam
    Martin Balsam - Green
  • Hector Elizondo
    Hector Elizondo - Grey
  • Earl Hindman
    Earl Hindman - Brown



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hope the disk is worthy of the film!

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    PaulfromOregon

    Five stars are for the movie -- hoping the BD stacks up. To blazes with the remake. This 1974 original is one of the decade's best films. New York at its most New York. Matthau is just a regular guy who has to defuse the mother of all hijackings and Robert Shaw is as cold as they come. At turns hilarious and terrifying. Phenomenal use of locations. Jerry Stiller, Dick O'Neill and Tom Pedi are insanely realistic and funny. Any excuse is a good excuse to revisit this Joseph Sargent classic. It's the greatest.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The taking of Pelham 123

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    Ravenfan1

    This has got to be one of the best movies of it's day next to another Matthau great, The Laughing Policeman. They don't make them like they use to but word has it that Denzel is doing the remake...Can't wait for it.....!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of the dirty New York film genres

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    Cinerama70mm
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    Taxi driver, the seven ups, the French connection all showed the off the big Apple in its ingloriously grimey days of the 1970s but this was the Film that showed NYC was just as raw underground as well with this made to order heist adventure starring Walter Matthew as a subway superintendent trying to save the lives of innocent passengers being held for a million dollars ransom by Robert Shaw and a gunmen crew (which include Martin balsam and Hector Alonzo) First rate suspense from every direction as the tension builds up in this classic 70s crime thriller. Extras include original trailer and interview with Hector Alonzo

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic in the dirty New York film genre

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    Cinerama70mm
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    Forget the horrible remake with Denzel Washington and John travola This is one and only and looks even better on the new blueray release Walter Matthew & Robert Shaw play the ultimate cat and mouse with nyc subway system as the hostage and a whoppin’ one million dollars as the prize.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Classic looks good

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    SayAce
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    This classic movie looks and sounds good on bluray. I just wished it had a digital Ultravoilet copy with it ..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie

    Posted
    Ag1024
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    This movie is a classic it's better than the remake.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic suspense

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    Musicgeek
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    As timely as ever the classic holds up as a period piece.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a Classic!

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    ejo13
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    This Orignal version of this movie is great and the HD transfer is awesome!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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