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:
Babs Cardoza
Tara Rosling ...
Det. Ray
Ben Cook ...
Bobby Boriello ...
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 <>

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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 cars used on the Lexington Avenue Line (R-26/R-28/R-33/R-36/R62) do not have the same type of seating plan as those shown in the film. See more »


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

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Good enough for TV
21 May 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A cold murderous high jacker with three associates, takes a train and holds it and its passengers hostage, killing one at a time to obtain a large ransom. Based on an earlier film of the same title, which I have not viewed, this TV version suffers a little from modest budgets and a less than sterling cast. Vincent d'Onofrios, as the senior high jacker, a quirky rather wooden actor at best, fleetingly looking like a young Orson Welles, does what he can to provide sinister menace to his role, while Edward James Olmos is not a very impressive substitute for the formidable Walter Matthau. However it is fair to comment this is a reasonable thriller for TV, and the grainy dark underground railway sequences are quite suspenseful. Makes me keen to see the original film.

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