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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  12 June 2009 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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train | hostage | subway | hijack | ransom | See All (115) »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Taking of Pelham 123  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£4,720,832 (UK) (21 August 2009)

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In the novel, the Mayor has flu but in the remake he says he always gets flu when visiting schools so wants a flu shot on standby. But the Mayor is ill with something that could be life-threatening. His wife is in the novel but they've separated in the remake because of his infidelity. See more »


Despite Garber and Carmonetti leaving on a helicopter from a downtown heliport, the view from the window behind Carmonetti clearly shows them flying south over midtown. See more »


Phil Ramos: I can't get it out of my head. I'm gonna die today.
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Crazy Credits

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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Written by Leslie West (as Leslie Weinstein), John Ventura, Norman Smart (as Norman Landsberg), Felix Pappalardi, Billy Squier, Ice-T (as Ice T), Alphonso Henderson and George Clinton (as George Clinton, Jr.)
Performed by Michael Baiardi (as Mike Baiardi)
Courtesy of CMH Records, Inc.
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Some People Don't Understand 70s Cinema
27 November 2012 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The original movie was a smart witty thriller , a cut above the usual heist thriller . Some people might complain the action is a little bit too static but that's not the point and it is very important to remember this . Having nothing better planned I turned over to Film4 to catchthis remake and caught the tail end of the advert break . It was only after two minutes that I realised what I was watching wasn't the adverts but the opening sequence of THE TAKING PELHAM 123 . That's says all there is about this movie

Do I have to repeat it ? It's important to remember that whilst the original only having two sets , the subway control room and the subway train the original film managed to carry itself by some smart dialogue and character interaction . This obviously isn't enough for director Tony Scott and the production crew who feel the need to bludgeon the audience to death with MTV style camera work , editing and score . It's as if the production team think if people are being held at gun point on a train that's not exciting enough for a cinema audience so feel the need to insert sequences regardless of it makes any sense or not

It might have been a good idea to make the hostages in the train interesting . The original film succeeded on this score even if they were slightly offensive in their ethnic stereotypes but hey nothing is perfect but even that was preferable than a jarring cut of police cars zooming around the city with crash zoom lens , then to even this up we get a sequence in slow motion . The only people in this film who deserve any credit are the hairdressers who gave John Travolta the same hairstyle as me

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