The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Onetime New York subway operator Green (Martin Balsam) masterminds an extortion plot against his former employers. Together with co-conspirators Blue, Grey and Brown (Robert Shaw, Hector Elizondo and Earl Hindman), Blue boards a subway… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film retains a fascination.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

One of the decade's great defenses of New York

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a good action caper about a subway car heist under the streets of Manhattan.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

Darkened encounters with the ghost of Abe Beame don't come more giddily thrilling.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Superior exercise in urban paranoia; the superb location work of director Joseph Sargent goes a long way toward tempering the artificialities of the plot.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

It's the only action picture I've seen this year that has a rousing plot.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Surly humor powers the movie as much as the ticking-clock premise does.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I don't expect perfect realism in my films but even allowing for dramatic license, I found Pelham 123 just had a bit too much "Alka-Seltzer TV… More
xGary Xx
A ruthless gang with colour coded pseudonyms (sound familiar?!) and automatic weapons hijack a New York subway train in this hugely entertaining heist movie.… More
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Alex roy
Director Joseph Sargent's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a well crafted and thrilling film with a wonderful cast. The strength of the film lies in… More
Lanning : )
Excuse me, do you people still execute in this state? <p> For me personally, the best Robert Shaw performance ever. No one scarier than Mr. Blue, I kid… More
Melvin White
Mr. Blue: Now, then, ladies and gentlemen, do you see this gun? It fires 750 rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition per minute. In other words, if all of you… More

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