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

Lead by a former subway operator, a team of criminals takes the occupants of a subway train hostage, demanding a ransom of one million dollars. The transit authorities and New York police cooperate in an attempt to rescue the hostages… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 2, 1974
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Breezy, thrilling, and quite funny, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three sees Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw pitted against each other in effortlessly high form.

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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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

... hasn't the credentials of Dog Day Afternoon or The French Connection but this ingenious crime caper / hostage drama is one of the great New York crime films of the 1970s.

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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.

Jessica Winter
Village Voice

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This exceptional thriller is filled with colorful characters and crackling dialogue -- and always has one more surprise up its sleeve.

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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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A work of substance and an exciting experience.

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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