The Rewind: 1970’s Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)


Starring Robert Shaw, Walter Matthau, Jerry Stiller, Martin Balsam

This is a wonderful movie from the 1970’s. It’s about armed men hijacking a subway train and holding the passengers as hostages in hopes of walking away rich.  Walter Matthau plays Police Lt. Zachary Garber who must work with the department of rails and  transportation to not only negotiate with these hijackers to ensure the safety of the hostages. All the while finding a clever way to catch them before they slip away forever with tons of money, It’s a classic cat and mouse game played on the underground subways of New York City between clever criminals and a determined detective.  I love the acting especially from Matthau who played the character perfectly. They effectively brought out the look and feel of 1970’s New York City. My first thoughts of New York City would probably be images from this movie. (Granted the city has changed a lot since the mid 70’s.)

The cinematography, acting, storyline, and characters are all beautiful and or engaging. It is easily among my favorite movies from the 1970’s and strongly urge people to watch the original for themselves.

I know they made a remake of this movie in 2006, It isn’t a bad movie, but it doesn’t have the same feel to it. it’s too artificial and shiny. The original is dirtier, gritty, and realistic by comparison.


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