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Release Date:
14 November 1974 (West Germany) See more »
Before this train reaches the next station it will become the scene of the most spectacular hijack ever attempted See more »
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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Matthau ... Police Lt. Zachary Garber

Robert Shaw ... Bernard Ryder aka Blue

Martin Balsam ... Harold Longman aka Green

Hector Elizondo ... Giuseppe Benvenuto aka Grey

Earl Hindman ... George Steever aka Brown

James Broderick ... Denny Doyle - Train Conductor

Dick O'Neill ... Frank Correll
Lee Wallace ... Al - the Mayor of New York City
Tom Pedi ... Caz Dolowicz
Beatrice Winde ... Mrs. Jenkins

Jerry Stiller ... Police Lt. Rico Patrone
Nathan George ... Police Ptl. James
Rudy Bond ... Phil - Police Commissioner

Kenneth McMillan ... Harry - Borough Commander (as Kenneth Mc Millan)

Doris Roberts ... Jessie - the Mayor's Wife
Julius Harris ... Inspector Daniels
Cynthia Belgrave ... The Maid
Anna Berger ... The Mother
Gary Bolling ... The Homosexual
Carol Cole ... The Secretary
Alex Colon ... The Delivery Boy
Joe Fields ... The Salesman
Mari Gorman ... The Hooker
Michael Gorrin ... The Old Man
Thomas La Fleur ... The Older Son
María Landa ... The Spanish Woman (as Maria Landa)
Louise Larabee ... The Alcoholic
George Lee Miles ... The Pimp
Carolyn Nelson ... Coed #1
Eric O'Hanian ... The Younger Son
Lucy Saroyan ... Coed #2
William Snickowski ... The Hippie
Barry Snyder ... The W.A.S.P.
Walter Jones ... Mr. Mattson
Jerry Holland ... Bud Carmody
Robert Weil ... Marino
Penny Krompier ... T.A. Secretary

Christopher Murney ... Dispatcher
Timothy Meyers ... Plumber (as Tim Myers)
Ruth Attaway ... Mayor's Nurse
Thomas Barbour ... T.A. Chairman
Marvin Silbersher ... Comptroller

Neil Brooks Cunningham ... Police Ptl. Miskowsky (as Simon Deckard)

Sal Viscuso ... Police Ptl. O'Keefe
Tony Fasce ... Police Ptl. Wentworth
Burtt Harris ... Police Ptl. Ricci
Gene Gross ... Muscat
Walter Lott ... Executive on train
Conrad Yama ... Mr. Tomashita
Sho Onodera ... Mr. Matsumoto
Toru Nagai ... Mr. Yashimura
Tura Nakamura ... Mr. Nakabashi
Rowena Rollins ... Angry Woman
Joseph Attles ... Angry Man
Willis Pinkett ... Towerman
Michelle Matthow ... T.A. Receptionist
Isabella Hoopes ... Woman on Platform

Bill Cobbs ... Man on Platform
Jim Pelham ... Subway Guard

Joe Seneca ... Police Sergeant
Gino Gennaro ... Police Lieutenant
Carmine Foresta ... Train Expediter

Tony Roberts ... Warren LaSalle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hy Anzell ... Toll Booth Officer (uncredited)
Ines Hellendall ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Jean-Paul Hellendall ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)

James Mapes ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Jay Rasumny ... Squad Car Driver (uncredited)
Charles Silvern ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dolph Sweet ... Police Capt. Costello (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Ventgen ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
John Godey (novel)

Peter Stone (screenplay)

Produced by
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
Stephen F. Kesten .... associate producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Gerald Greenberg)
Robert Q. Lovett 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Art Direction by
Gene Rudolf 
Set Decoration by
Herbert F. Mulligan  (as Herb Mulligan)
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... second assistant director (as Mike Haley)
Burtt Harris .... second unit director
Sal Scoppa Jr. .... second assistant director (as Sal Scoppa)
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joe Caracciola)
John Gilliar .... set dresser (as Bud Gilliar)
Harry Lynott .... head carpenter
Bruno Robotti .... scenic artist
Walter Way .... construction grip
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... assistant sound editor (as Stanley Bochner)
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recordist
Marc Laub .... sound editor (as Mark M. Laub)
David Moshlak .... sound recordist
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
David Ray .... assistant sound editor
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
Stephen Fitzstephens .... foley artist (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Bill Barber .... stunt driver
Joie Chitwood Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Joie Chitwood Jr. .... stunt driver
Tim Chitwood .... stunt driver
Daniel Dod .... stunt driver (as Danny Dod)
Tim Heck .... stunt driver
Carey Loftin .... motorcycle stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver
Harry Madsen .... stunt driver
Paul Nuckles .... stunt driver
Rick Seaman .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Gary Muller .... assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant camera
Jack Priestley .... camera operator: second unit
Ed Quinn .... grip
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... grip (as Bob Ward)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vic Ramos .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Jay Dranch .... apprentice editor
Cynthia Scheider .... assistant editor
Maurice Schell .... assistant editor
Michael Kirchberger .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
Bob Bornstein .... music copyist (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Alf Clausen .... music copyist (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
David Shire .... conductor (uncredited)
David Shire .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music engineer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Patrick Burns .... production aide
Mark Canton .... production aide
Barbara De Fina .... production office coordinator (as Barbara DaFina)
Raymond Hartwick .... teamster captain (as Ray Hartwick)
Richard Hinds .... production aide
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Robert F. Kocourek .... location auditor
Gaetano Lisi .... production aide
Harvey Portee .... production aide
Sheldon Roskin .... unit publicist
Jonathan Sarno .... production aide
Connie Schoenberg .... production office coordinator
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"El tomar de Pelham uno dos tres" - USA (Spanish title) (dubbed version)
"Pelham 1-2-3" - Europe (English title) (video box title)
"Panic on the Subway Express" - Egypt (English title) (poster title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14+ | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The original film is considered a classic while the remake is considered better than expected.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Mr. Green pulls out of 28th Street, we see him disengage the "Dead Man's Feature" (by pressing down on the throttle with his hand). However, he does not actually move the control lever to make the train move. In that position, the train is at "idle" and will not accelerate.See more »
[first lines]
Mr. Mattson:Okay, kid, out loud now so's I can hear what you're sayin'.
Bud Carmody:I'm checkin' the passengers gettin' on and off...
Mr. Mattson:Uh-huh.
Bud Carmody:Front and back. Shuttin' the doors. Rear section first and the first section. And the doors are closed. Now I'm checking my indicator lights to make sure all the doors are locked. I remove my switch key and back out the window for a distance of three car lengths to make sure no one's being dragged. 51st Street next stop; next stop, 51st Street. How'd I do?
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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
"Pelham 1-2-3 is in motion", 28 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of my favorite films from the seventies is The Taking of Pelham One, Two Three because it's so New York. Of course the film was shot entirely on location in The Big Apple including the interiors which helped greatly. But more than that, the characters have all the New York flavor about them with one exception.

The cat of course is led by Walter Matthau who plays a Transit Police Lieutenant. His character is a kind of combination of Archie Bunker and Detective Lennie Briscoe from Law and Order, in many ways not terribly admirable. He's also a transit cop and at that time the Transit Police were a separate entity. They were merged into the regular NYPD during the Giuliani administration.

There's no real glory in the Transit Police, these guys were mostly charged with dealing with drunks and kids with loud boom boxes. If a homicide ever occurred the NYPD quickly took it over as they would in most situations. But this ongoing crisis on a train on the Lexington Avenue Local occurs on his watch and it's career make or break case that Matthau is very aware of. And he proves fully capable during the crisis.

The crisis is four men, Robert Shaw, Earl Hindman, Hector Elizondo, and Martin Balsam mount a carefully planned assault on a subway train out of Pelham Bay station in the Bronx in mid-Manhattan and hold it and the passengers for ransom for a million dollars. The outsider to New York is Robert Shaw in one of his best roles, a former British army officer and mercenary. During the course of the robbery they kill a station supervisor played by roly poly Tom Pedi, one very quintessential New Yorker and their coldblooded villainy is established.

In fact the whole cast is a microcosm of the ethnic strains of New York City which makes the film so enjoyable, especially to one who lived there, the first 49 years of his life. Even the mayor is portrayed as a weak, fumbling nonentity and back then our mayor was one Abraham D. Beame who was just that, probably one of the worst mayors the city ever had. Tony Roberts has a very good role as the tough as nails Deputy Mayor concerned about both his boss's political career and resolving the crisis.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three once the hijack is done is suspense filled and doesn't let up for a moment. I can't give the ending away, but the final shot of Walter Matthau's face as the end title music starts and the credits begin to roll is priceless.

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