The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
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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… More

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"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The film retains a fascination."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of the decade's great defenses of New York"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This is gritty, entertaining 1970s filmmaking at its finest."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Director Sargent piles on the tension expertly, proving that sometimes the simplest plots are the most effective. Those who think that the action thriller is an invention of the last two decades would do well to check this one out."
‑ , Film4
"The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a good action caper about a subway car heist under the streets of Manhattan."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Darkened encounters with the ghost of Abe Beame don't come more giddily thrilling."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An archeological specimen from nearly two decades before the advent of the Metrocard"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"The kind of gritty, relentless thriller that could only come from the '70s."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
"Superior exercise in urban paranoia; the superb location work of director Joseph Sargent goes a long way toward tempering the artificialities of the plot."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's the only action picture I've seen this year that has a rousing plot."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"Surly humor powers the movie as much as the ticking-clock premise does."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"...a quintessential 1970s New York picture, full of prickly characters and urban tension."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Exciting, suspenseful drama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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