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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 February 1998 (USA)
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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:
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Det. Ray
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Robert Young ...
Homeboy on subway (as Black Katt)
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Graduate student on subway
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Office worker ["Shaky"]
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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 <>

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With respect to the description in the novel of how the controller is rigged for the getaway, this version is more faithful than the original film. See more »


Pelham trains usually take 35-40 minutes to get to 28th Street. In this film, the train left Pelham at 1:23 (presumably) but didn't get to 28th Street until 2:50. See more »


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

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More intriguing than the original
14 October 2000 | by (Miami, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Popular opinion seems to favor the original 1974 version, but I came at it from a different angle. I'd never seen the original. I just happened to catch the TV version one evening -- curiously enough, while in Costa Rica (and with Spanish subtitles). The story unfolded well enough that it kept me hanging all the way and I was aggravated that due to business I *had* to leave just as the train was making its final run.

I sought out the film immediately upon return to the U.S. and was astonished to see the Matthau/Shaw et al. cast. Though some cite Matthau's occasional humor as a plus, for me it detracted from the grimness; it throws the story off balance (except for providing a context for the final freeze-frame). The TV version is darker, more menacing, more suitable to how I experienced the story. And, frankly, the dated soundtrack just irks me; Copeland's fits better. Opinions, opinions.

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