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

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 15, 2001
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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

One of the decade's great defenses of New York

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Todd McCarthy

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

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

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