Movies that are slightly off.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
We are going to kill one passenger a minute until New York City pays us 1 million dollars.
In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?
"Even great men have to pee."
Yes, even Walter Matthau.
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three is a film that had the misfortune of being a thriller made in the 1970s. What this meant was that instead of getting the absolute widespread plaudits, awards and huge box office that it quite obviously deserves, it ended up bubbling under a fair amount of the massive numbers of other similar films made in the decade.
It's not the fault of the film or anyone involved - it just happens like that sometimes. There is no doubt in my mind, though, that this is not only every bit as deserving as other more iconic films from the decade such as The French…
I only reviewed this last December. And I said that I wasn't doing any more rewatches in this season. But it's my birthday today so I'm not even slightly sorry. No I won't tell you how old I am, fuck off.
This was probably my sixth or seventh viewing of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and this time round my thoughts turned to why this is a cut above almost every other film of its type, not just from this decade, but from any decade. I wonder if it's because it isn't really of this 'type', if you know what I mean. It's not just the central plot, which sees a bunch of colour-monikered…
Yeah, I watched it again. Problem with that?
This time I have three really good reasons for doing so.
1) It sort of ties in nicely with my current project.
2) I've been asked to write an article about film soundtracks for a friend's website and I decided to choose this one as the subject, so I had to watch it for research.
3) Well, because it's The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three.
I probably can't come up with a review for it this time that doesn't just rake over the ground that I covered in my review here. Oh, and this one here. Suffice to say that it's still one of my top ten of all time.
Aside from Walter Matthau's questionable fashion sense, there really was no need to remake this film in 2009.
This near-perfect thriller wastes no time getting into the action, as we see the events begin to unfold immediately, and the suspense doesn't let up until the end.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a perfect film. A crime procedural that does not put one foot wrong. It is lean and sardonic; the action is crisp and to the point, the script is funny but realistic and the acting is absolutely top-notch.
The film is a 100 minutes of 1970s crime, again showing the best decade at its best. It is sheer pleasure to watch and listen to Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw trading barbs and demands. Shaw is ultra-professional, Matthau dogged.
While the supporting cast - Martin Balsam, Héctor Elizondo, Lee Wallace, Tony Roberts, Jerry Stiller - is absolutely first class. The film is mostly stolen by Tom Pedi as Caz Dolowicz, the hollering, swearing…
Four hoods hold a New York City subway train hostage for, <voice occupation="doctor" nature="evil">$1,000,000!</voice>
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three has immaculate and speedy characterisation; in the first 7 minutes we know everything we need to about each of the hijackers without one of them speaking a word. The cast? You'll be busy going "hey, isn't that..." as this film has some of the greatest character actors around, and Steve, you're right about the soundtrack... sparsely used but Shire brings in some stonking horns and wild percussion when needed!
You may have noticed I've used the term "character" a couple of times? That's because that's what this film has: character. Something the glossy and forgettable Tony Scott remake was…
One of the all-time great endings in film. So simple, & even a bit predictable, but great nonetheless.
I haven't seen the remake, but I honestly wasn't expecting much. I thought a 70s action movie might be rather slow and old hat. However, it is anything but. Thrilling, edge of the seat stuff. No pointless explosions (which I hate) and no excessive violence, just a lot of tension. The film revolves around the hijacking of a New York subway train, which of course raises a lot of questions (why do it? how do they plan to escape?) and makes for a highly original and unpredictable plot. Really enjoyable romp.
Along with "The French Connection" and "The Seven-Ups," this is one of the best NYC-based action flicks of the 1970s (and superior to John Godey's source novel).
A wonderful thriller, smartly made, wonderfully acted. And for a movie 40+ years old it never shows its age. Walter Matthau, was a goddamned national treasure.
One of the best of the gritty New York crime drama genre of the 1970s, follows a transit police detective who’s forced to match wits with four heavily armed men when they hijack a New York City subway car and demand $1 million within one hour or they will shoot the passengers. It’s just a regular day in the New York City Transit Authority.
Walter Matthau headlines a superb cast in this fast paced thriller. He was excellent as the transit cop thrust into the position of negotiating with a former mercenary who along with his cohorts has hijacked a New York City subway train. Robert Shaw is equally good as the mastermind behind the subway train takeover. The heart…
Watched this on Mother's Day with the family because fuck yeah this movie is the boooooooomb.
Η original ταινία του 1974 είναι μια άκρως διασκεδαστική περιπέτεια που κάνει το remake του 2009 να μοιάζει με παρωδία. Η σύγκριση του διδύμου Robert Shaw-Walter Matthau με τους John Travolta-Denzel Washington του μεταγενέστερου φιλμ, είναι για να στήνεις τους δεύτερους στα πέντε μέτρα, αφού πρώτα έχεις δείξει στον Travolta την τέχνη του ανασκολοπισμού.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff