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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)

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?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Babs Cardoza
Tara Rosling ...
Det. Ray
Robert Young ...
Homeboy on subway (as Black Katt)
Ingrid Veninger ...
Graduate student on subway
Alisa Wiegers ...
Office worker ["Shaky"]
Peter Boretski ...


Four hijackers led by Vincent D'onofrio seize a subway train in the middle of a tunnel and hold 14 hostages for a $5 million ransom. Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco are the officers assigned to work out the release of the passengers. However, even the murder of some passengers are met with an apparent calm by everyone involved. The murder of a subway supervisor prompts everyone to shake their heads and go on about their business. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

1 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Pelham 123. járat megállítása  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot in Toronto's TTC subway system, mainly using the system's only abandoned station platform and two of a class of older cars being retired by the TTC. The two cars were shipped by road to the scrapyard the day after filming ended, still disguised as New York cars. See more »


The train's front destination sign usually shows Pelham Bay Park and Brooklyn Bridge, the actual endpoints for New York's 6 train; but when it's an H-6 it usually shows FINCH, a Toronto station. See more »


Remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) See more »

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As others have said: What was the point of the remake?
17 June 2016 | by (SE Michigan) – See all my reviews

Every single actor in the 1974 movie was better than any of the actors in this TV remake. I guess they needed a New York accent, so they threw in Lorraine Bracco. Nice save.

One thing the TV movie really glossed over was the issue of getting the ransom money to the terrorists on time. You'd really have to watch the 1974 movie to see the difference. Getting things done in one hour was a real nail-biter in the original movie. It's like "meh" in the TV movie.

And that really leads me to the most important point: almost nobody seems to be afraid in the TV movie, including the hostages. You have one woman having one, strangely short-term panic attack. She has to carry the emotional load for her torpid companions, it seems to me. She recovers, inexplicably, without meds. Most of the time she seems perfectly rational.

I have no idea what Stuart Copland had in mind with that score of his, but its pretty meditative compared to David Shire's work. All- in- all, I was not happy with the TV movie.

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