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The Taking of Pelham 123 (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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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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12 June 2009 (USA)  »

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The Taking of Pelham 123  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

John Travolta's character (Ryder) wears a Breitling watch. Travolta is a spokesperson for Breitling. See more »

Goofs

The scene in which Ryder forces his way into the 6 train (Bronx - Manhattan) is supposed to be North of Grand Central - 42nd Street Station. In fact the station that is shown in the movie is actually the Grand Central - 42nd Street Station for the 7 train (Manhattan - Queens), a station where the 6 train never runs. See more »

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Walter Garber: You got it, you got it... any other demands?
Ryder: Yeah, well no fucking pizza delivery man.
Walter Garber: No, I mean are you guys like... are you terrorists?
Ryder: Do I sound like a terrorist? Do I terrorize you?
Walter Garber: Actually you don't, but not that I've ever talked to one. So, so... what, this is just about money?
Ryder: Oh, is there anything else?
Walter Garber: There's not dying.
Ryder: Yeah, well you know you live, you die, you either go with the current or you fight it. We all end up at the same place.
Walter Garber: Where's that, Jersey?
Ryder: Yeah, you watch it I ...
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Subway footage and sounds are mixed in with the production company logos shown after the end credits. See more »

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References Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

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Funklab Bass Problem
Written by William Hanford Lee (as William Hanford Lee Jr.)
Performed by Papalee
Courtesy of BJP Entertainment
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A good, tense heist thriller
13 June 2009 | by (hiding under my seat) – See all my reviews

A surprisingly enjoyable and tense thriller. While it does have a good bit of the kind of silly excess that ruins most summer blockbuster movies anymore, those flaws are overshadowed by the tightly-wound script and a couple of good performances from Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Director Tony Scott seems to have spent a good bit of effort trying to channel the spirit of 1970's American movies, and often this pays dividends as the focus on grittiness over spectacular action sequences ups the suspense. It's interesting that as the movie approaches the end you can feel the director's 21st century comic-book instincts straining against the genre he's working in as the story becomes increasingly less believable and more "heroic."

Nevertheless I can recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful action movie that doesn't beat you over the head with histrionics from beginning to end. Admittedly I've never seen the original, and I can easily imagine those who love it might be substantially less enthusiastic about this remake.


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