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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Police Lt. Zachary Garber
... Bernard Ryder aka Blue
... Harold Longman aka Green
... Giuseppe Benvenuto aka Grey
... George Steever aka Brown
... Denny Doyle - Train Conductor
... Frank Correll
Lee Wallace ... Al - the Mayor of New York City
... Caz Dolowicz
Beatrice Winde ... Mrs. Jenkins
... Police Lt. Rico Patrone
... Police Ptl. James
Rudy Bond ... Phil - Police Commissioner
... Harry - Borough Commander (as Kenneth Mc Millan)
... Jessie - The Mayor's Wife
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Storyline

Four seemingly-unrelated men board subway train Pelham 1:23 at successive stations. Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey and Mr. Brown are heavily armed and overpower the motorman and novice conductor to take control of the train. Between stations they separate the front car from the remainder of the train, setting passengers in the back cars and the motorman free. The four demand $1 million ransom within exactly one hour for the remaining eighteen hostages, including the conductor. If their demands are not met in time or their directions are not followed precisely, they will begin to shoot hostages dead, one every minute the money is late. Wisecracking Lt. Zach Garber of the transit police ends up being the primary communicator between the hijackers and the authorities, which includes transit operations, his own police force, the NYPD, and the unpopular and currently flu ridden mayor who will make the ultimate decision of whether to pay the ransom. Unknown to Garber, what may be working on ... Written by Huggo

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We are going to kill one passenger a minute until New York City pays us 1 million dollars. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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14 November 1974 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Pelham  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,700,000, 31 December 1974
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The motorman of Pelham 123, "Denny Doyle", is played by James Broderick, father of Matthew Broderick. See more »

Goofs

The conductor brags that he knows that all cars on the IRT are 72 feet long, when the correct length would have been 51 feet. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Blue: Ladies and gentlemen, it might interest you to know that the City of New York has agreed to pay for your release.
[Hostages cheer]
Old Man: Excuse me, sir. Would you mind telling us now how much you're getting?
Mr. Blue: Why is that of interest to you, sir?
Old Man: Well, a person likes to know his worth.
Mr. Blue: One million dollars.
Old Man: That's not so terrific.
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Crazy Credits

Although many of the scenes in this film were taken on transit property, the New York City Transit Authority is not responsible for plot, story and characters portrayed. The Authority did not render technical advice and assistance. See more »

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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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The best heist film of all time!!!
14 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

A group of heavily armed men, all wearing the same disguises board a subway train underneath the streets of New York. They quickly take over the train and hold seventeen passengers hostage. They look and talk like professionals. They use codenames. Their ransom demand is One Million Dollars. Are these just maniacs without a plan? And if they do have a plan, how are they all going to escape alive while the world watches?

Right away, this film grabs you and doesn't let go. Every character plays their role remakably and memorably. Enough suspense to keep you chewing your nails until they are stubs...and most of all, a realistic and engrossing storyline. You will literally be on the edge of your seat, wondering where the next plot twist will take you.

You can easily see where Quentin Tarantino borrowed ideas from this movie to make Reservoir Dogs...and in my opinion, this film makes Reservior Dogs look like a second rate film. Its truly a shame most people aren't familiar with this movie and it doesn't have the allure or big star power to draw in new fans seeking out a great film to watch

If you happen to run across The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three though, do not pass it up! This is honestly the best heist movie I've ever seen. 10 out of 10 Rating.


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