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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

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Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

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Storyline

In early afternoon, four armed men hijack a subway train in Manhattan. They stop on a slight incline, decoupling the first car to let the rest of the train coast back. Their leader is Ryder; he connects by phone with Walter Garber, the dispatcher watching that line. Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being investigated for bribery. Ryder demands $10 million within an hour, or he'll start shooting hostages. He'll deal only with Garber. The mayor okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it's unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal. Will hostages, kidnappers, and negotiators live through this? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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12 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Taking of Pelham 123  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,373,102 (USA) (12 June 2009)

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$65,452,312 (USA) (21 August 2009)
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Trivia

In the novel we learn more of the hijackers motivations and converse more with the hostages. See more »

Goofs

In the Control Room a television screen shows the new World Trade Centers in the New York skyline yet the World Trade Centers don't appear in any outdoor shots. See more »

Quotes

Ryder: You know we all owe God a debt... and I'm a man who pays his debts. Are you a man who pays his debts?
Walter Garber: Yeah, yeah, sure... TV, cable, uh and my mortgage. That's a little like dying once a month.
Ryder: Oh, you're married... you're a married man?
Walter Garber: Maybe.
Ryder: Oh, no... you're married, man. Married men have mortgages.
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At the end of the opening credits, the director's name, Tony Scott, "follows" the train into the tunnel. See more »

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Featured in The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009) See more »

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Written by William Hanford Lee (as William Hanford Lee Jr.)
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two solid leads but the results are underwhelming
13 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

It started like any ordinary day; that's likely what N.Y.C. subway dispatcher Walter Garber, an employee of questionable character, was thinking when he got up and went to work in the morning. Little did he know that he'd become the confidant and 'stand-in' hostage negotiator for a prickly criminal mastermind who takes over the Pelham subway train and demands money in exchange for the lives of its passengers. Hearing the names Washington, Travolta, and Scott creates a lot of anticipation, but unfortunately what wants to be a slick combination of suspense thriller and character study instead results in a ponderous film with a weak setup, predictable plot twists, shallow characters, and little tension. It's easy to watch with actors of Washington and Travolta's caliber at work, but Scott's direction is pretentious and throws out some obligatory action scenes that seem to exist for the sole purpose of padding the time on the way to an expected climax. The leads do what they can with the strained material but really deserve better. **


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