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70s Rewind: The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three Remains a Highly Charged, Terrific Thriller

Newly available on Blu-ray, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three remains a great, charged, gritty thriller, shot through with sardonic humor. Growing up in Los Angeles, I couldn't help but take my hometown for granted and wish that I lived in New York. It was an adolescent fantasy that I fulfilled eventually, at least for a dozen years or so before the city that never sleeps wore me down and kicked me out, but in the 1970s I fed my dreams by reading and watching as many NYC-based dramas as possible. John Godey's novel The Taking of Pelham One Two Three caught my imagination immediately after I read the end flaps at my local public library. It was a workingman's thriller, which was appealing,...

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

A special edition of this confirmed '70s crowd pleaser?  I'm there. Robert Shaw has big plans to hijack a New York subway car, and subway cop Walter Matthau is determined to stop him. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 42nd Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date July 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date November 1, 2011 / 19.99 Starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Lee Wallace, Tom Pedi, Jerry Stiller, Rudy Bond, Kenneth McMillan, Doris Roberts, Julius Harris. Cinematography Owen Roizman Original Music David Shire Written by Peter Stone from the novel by John Godey Produced by Gabriel Katzka, Edgar J. Sherick Directed by Joseph Sargent

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I reviewed an MGM-Fox Blu-ray of United Artists' The Taking of Pelham One Two Three back in late 2011, and I can't
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An Oscar Winner Has His Day Supporting a Brilliant Woodward and a Heavily Made-Up Hoffman

Martin Balsam: Oscar winner has ‘Summer Under the Stars’ Day on Turner Classic Movies Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Martin Balsam (A Thousand Clowns) is Turner Classic Movies’ unusual (and welcome) "Summer Under the Stars" featured player today, August 27, 2013. Right now, TCM is showing Sidney Lumet’s The Anderson Tapes (1971), a box-office flop starring Sean Connery in his (just about) post-James Bond, pre-movie legend days. (Photo: Martin Balsam ca. early ’60s.) Next, is Joseph Sargent’s thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). Written by Peter Stone (Father Goose, Arabesque) from John Godey’s novel, the film revolves around the hijacking of a subway car in New York City. Passengers are held for ransom while police lieutenant Walter Matthau tries to handle the situation. Now considered a classic (just about every pre-1999 movie is considered a "classic" these days), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was
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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970′s

Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.

Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.

We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.

This article focuses on the 1970’s,
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Move over, ‘Total Recall’: 10 more remakes you’ll want to avoid

Whether you measure your movies by box office, reviews, or popular appeal, Sony’s $125 million remake of the 1990 Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger interplanetary action fest Total Recall looks like a strike-out. The movie opened with a lethal softness; a $25.7 million first weekend meaning Recall won’t even come close to making back its budget during its domestic theatrical run. In fact, despite 22 years of ticket price increases, it’s doubtful the movie will even match the original’s $119.3 million haul.

And for those of you who think maybe the problem is Total Recall was outgunned opening while The Dark Knight Rises was still sucking up box office coin, entertain, at least for a moment if you will, the possibility the movie just plain sucks. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ canvas, almost 70% of reviewers – and over three-quarters of “top critics” – gave Total Recall a thumbs-down. Those who went to see the movie didn’t
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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Blu-ray Review!

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The Movie Pool jumps aboard The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Blu-ray!

Blu-ray Specs

Release Date: November 1, 2011

Rating: R

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English Mono DTS-hd Ma, Spanish Mono, French Mono

Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French

Special Features: Original trailer

The Set-up

A New York City subway transit officer (Walter Matthau) must match wits with a group of armed men who take a subway car and hold a number of civilian riders hostage for a ransom. Based  on the novel by John Godey.

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

The Delivery

This fantastic thriller from 1974 features several of the best character actors of the era, including Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, and Martin Balsam. With a sly mix of humor, action, and thrills, Pelham is a heck of an entertaining ride.

Matthau is at his sarcastic best, giving the film a distinctive New York-style
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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Sorority Row, District Nine | DVD reviews

Sony, E1, Sony

Novelist John Godey (aka the late Morton Freedgood) wrote a couple of potboiling paperbacks that inspired healthily generic movies. His most celebrated work, a thriller about the hijacking of a New York subway train, spawned a 70s hit, a 90s TV movie and a noughties remake in the shape of Tony Scott's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009, 15, Sony).

Writer Brian Helgeland introduces a few new gizmos, viz a murky secret in the schlubby train-controller's past (Denzel Washington stepping into Walter Matthau's shoes), an obligatory internet link and an inflation-adjusted ransom which is also shackled to the stock market. While these additions may be inventive, it's harder to see what Scott brings to the party other than a desire to throw away the camera tripod and turn everything up to 11. Where Robert Shaw once spoke with quietly sinister efficiency as the leader of the evil gang,
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Blu Ray Review: The Taking of Pelham 123

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The Taking of Pelham 123″ has a bit of a strange title (copied from the 1974 film of the same name), but as a viewer it is an easy to follow action film which we are graced with the loveable and slightly ‘dad-like’ character of Barber, a New York metro tube operator, played by none other than Denzel Washington. John Travolta plays the movies’ bad guy with Tony Scott taking the directing reigns. The supporting cast includes John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Victor Gojcaj, Michael Rispoli and Luis Guzmán.

The story unfolds as one of the trains in Washington’s mandate is hijacked by Travolta and his gang. It’s unclear from the outset exactly what he’s after but as the film unfolds, we begin to learn a lot more about Travolta’s character. Although the good guy, we also learn that not all of Washington’s past is as rosey as he’d like either!
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Trainiac!

There are two conditions for getting maximum enjoyment out of Tony Scott's "re-imagining" of "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" starring Denzel Washington as a dispatcher negotiating with subway hijacker John Travolta.

First, try to put aside memories of the original 1974 movie -- "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" with Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw in approximately the Washington and Travolta roles.

Scott's film wisely goes out of its way to
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Comparing The Takings of Pelham 123

Today, Tony Scott's rendition of The Taking of Pelham 123 hits theaters. Lovers of Pelham subway-related film will know that the movie is based on a novel by Morton Freedgod (psuedonym: John Godey), in which four armed men hijack a New York City subway train and hold its hostages for ransom. It's been made into a film twice before: Once in Joseph Sargent's 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three starring Walter Matthau, and again as a 1998 TV movie starring Edward James Olmos. As a  fan of Joseph Sargent's original film, I thought it might be interesting to compare his version with Scott's new version, as I think some of the choices Scott made are pretty fascinating. If you haven't seen the original, I'd suggest you watch before you read this, as I think it's a great film that still holds up today. For obvious reasons, this
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'Taking of Pelham 1 2 3' Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

We fill you in on the hijacked-train story's long history.

By Eric Ditzian

Denzel Washington in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3"

Photo: Sony Pictures

So far this summer movie season, we've had comic book heroes, futuristic space adventurers and wickedly hungover partygoers. What we haven't yet seen in the warm months of 2009 is a straight-up, high-intensity thriller.

All that will change Friday (June 12) when "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" speeds into theaters. It will be 90 minutes of Denzel Washington vs. John Travolta, overseen by veteran thrill-master Tony Scott ("Man on Fire," "Enemy of the State"). Denzel plays a flabby subway dispatcher who gets pulled into an incident of domestic terrorism when Travolta's Fu Manchu'd villain hijacks a New York subway car and threatens to start killing passengers.

The big-screen skirmish between two Hollywood heavyweights might have you gripping your chair with clammy palms, but there's no reason to sweat before you head into the theater.
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The Taking of Pelham 123 (review)

Forget about the 1974 movie of the same name. I’m not putting it down: I’m saying, Whether you’ve seen it or not, whether you like it or not, doesn’t matter. This nominal remake (same title, same premise, mega-updated for 21st-century NYC and 21st-century movies)? It’s good. Damn good. Like this good: I’ve been waiting for a Die Hard movie to actually come close to approximating the spectacular cinematic experience that Die Hard was more than 20 years back, and the 2009 Taking of Pelham 123 is the first movie to get real close to that. It’s always a question when it comes to remakes: Why remake this particular movie, and why remake it now? And director Tony Scott (Deja Vu, Domino) and screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Man on Fire , The Order) -- working from the same novel by John Godey [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.] that was the basis for the first film
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Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Is All Talk—and That's Ok

Review in a Hurry: Anyone expecting a typical big-budget Tony Scott action movie should be forewarned—about 80 percent of this subway heist flick consists of close-ups on John Travolta and Denzel Washington talking over an intercom. Fortunately, it's every bit as compelling as if they were shooting guns the whole time. Plus, the other 20 percent? Car crashes. The Bigger Picture: The third adaptation of John Godey's 1973 novel—Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw costarred in a 1974 movie, while a 1998 TV version pitted Edward James Olmos against Vincent D'Onofrio—gives the material a modern twist. No longer just a mercenary, the subway hijacker known only as "Ryder" (Travolta) is now an evil Wall...
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The Timing of "Pelham 1 2 3"

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I first saw Joseph Sargent's original "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" at Film Forum less than a month before September 11th. The theater's later revival of the classic 1974 heist movie unspooled two weeks after the blackout of 2003. The coincidental timing of both engagements reinforced what makes Sargent's film (with a script by Peter Stone, based on John Godey's 1973 novel) one of the best movies about New York City: a group of disparate Gotham cranks, weirdoes and hotheads come together in the face of disaster. The original "Pelham" may have been made during the era when President Ford told the city, reeling from crime and near-bankruptcy, to "drop dead," but the passengers aboard that hijacked subway car and the team of negotiators led by Walter Matthau's grumpy Transit Authority cop proved they weren't going down without a few up-yours to the quartet of hoods who messed with them.
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Exclusive Video: Denzel Washington Conducts The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, a New York City subway dispatcher draws on his extensive knowledge of the subway system in order to outsmart a dangerous criminal mastermind who's hijacked a subway train in this remake of the 1974 thriller inspired by John Godey's best-selling book. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) was drifting through his daily routine when he received word that a heavily armed gang of four had hijacked a subway train and were now holding all of the passengers hostage. Led by the cunning master thief Ryder (John Travolta), the gunmen will begin executing everyone aboard should the authorities fail in delivering a sizable ransom in the space of just one hour. With the tension in the tunnels rising, Walter races to save the hostages before the shootings start. But through it all, there's one part of Ryder's plan that Walter can't quite comprehend: Even if the thieves do succeed in getting their money,
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"The Taking of Pelham 123" - New film and interview clips!

Movie Jungle has new interview and film clips in from "The Taking of Pelham 123," starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli and James Gandolfini. The remake of the 1974 film is helmed by Tony Scott. Brian Helgeland adapts the screenplay from the novel by John Godey. Catch this on June 12th. In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs
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"The Taking of Pelham 123" - New film and interview clips!

Movie Jungle has new interview and film clips in from "The Taking of Pelham 123," starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli and James Gandolfini. The remake of the 1974 film is helmed by Tony Scott. Brian Helgeland adapts the screenplay from the novel by John Godey. Catch this on June 12th. In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs
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Michael Rispoli joins "Rum Diary"

Michael Rispoli of "The Sopranos" will join the cast of "Rum Diary" alongside Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, Amber Heard and Giovanni Ribisi. Rispoli will play Bob Salas in the film. Filming is currently taking place in Puerto Rico.   Based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson, this film stars Johnny Depp as a hard-drinking Paul Kemp, a journalist working for a newspaper in 1950s Puerto Rico. Amber Heard will play Chenault, the girlfriend of another journalist who cheats on him with Kemp and tries to get him to run away with her.   Rispoli will next be seen in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" directed by Tony Scott and written by Brian Helgeland form the novel by John Godey. He's also in "Kick-Ass" with Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong and Aaron Johnson. Matthew Vaughn directs that comedy actioner.
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The Taking of Pelham 123 trailer is live! Starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

"The Taking of Pelham 123" trailer live! Starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli and James Gandolfini. Tony Scott directs the remake of the 1974 film now adapted by Brian Helgeland ("Man on Fire," "Cirque du Freak," "Nottingham")

The original film was directed by Joseph Sargent, adapted by Peter Stone and based on the novel by John Godey. It starred Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick and Dick O'Neill. In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet,
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The Taking of Pelham 123 trailer is live! Starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

"The Taking of Pelham 123" trailer live! Starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Michael Rispoli and James Gandolfini. Tony Scott directs the remake of the 1974 film now adapted by Brian Helgeland ("Man on Fire," "Cirque du Freak," "Nottingham") The original film was directed by Joseph Sargent, adapted by John Godey and based on the novel by Peter Stone. It starred Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick and Dick O'Neill.
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