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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three ()


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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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Police Lt. Zachary Garber
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Bernard Ryder aka Blue
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Harold Longman aka Green
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Giuseppe Benvenuto aka Grey
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George Steever aka Brown
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Denny Doyle - Train Conductor
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Frank Correll
Lee Wallace ...
Al - the Mayor of New York City
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Caz Dolowicz
Beatrice Winde ...
Mrs. Jenkins
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Police Lt. Rico Patrone
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Police Ptl. James
Rudy Bond ...
Phil - Police Commissioner
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Harry - Borough Commander (as Kenneth Mc Millan)
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Jessie - The Mayor's Wife
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Inspector Daniels
Cynthia Belgrave ...
The Maid
Anna Berger ...
The Mother
Gary Bolling ...
The Homosexual
Carol Cole ...
The Secretary
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The Delivery Boy
Joe Fields ...
The Salesman
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The Hooker
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The Old Man
Thomas La Fleur ...
The Older Son
María Landa ...
The Spanish Woman (as Maria Landa)
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The Alcoholic
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The Pimp
Carolyn Nelson ...
Coed #1
Eric O'Hanian ...
The Younger Son
Lucy Saroyan ...
Coed #2
William Snickowski ...
The Hippie
Barry Snyder ...
The W.A.S.P.
Walter Jones ...
Mr. Mattson
Jerry Holland ...
Bud Carmody
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Marino
Penny Krompier ...
T.A. Secretary
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Dispatcher
Timothy Meyers ...
Plumber (as Tim Myers)
Ruth Attaway ...
Mayor's Nurse
Thomas Barbour ...
T.A. Chairman
Marvin Silbersher ...
Comptroller
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Police Ptl. Miskowsky (as Simon Deckard)
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Police Ptl. O'Keefe
Tony Fasce ...
Police Ptl. Wentworth
Burtt Harris ...
Police Ptl. Ricci
Gene Gross ...
Muscat
Walter Lott ...
Executive on train
Conrad Yama ...
Mr. Tomashita
Sho Onodera ...
Mr. Matsumoto
Toru Nagai ...
Mr. Yashimura
Tura Nakamura ...
Mr. Nakabashi
Rowena Rollins ...
Angry Woman
Joseph Attles ...
Angry Man
Willis Pinkett ...
Towerman
Michelle Matthow ...
T.A. Receptionist
Isabella Hoopes ...
Woman on Platform
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Man on Platform
Jim Pelham ...
Subway Guard
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Police Sergeant
Gino Gennaro ...
Police Lieutenant
Carmine Foresta ...
Train Expediter
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Warren LaSalle
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Toll Booth Officer (uncredited)
Ines Hellendall ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Jean-Paul Hellendall ...
Subway Passenger (uncredited)
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Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles ...
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
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Squad Car Driver (uncredited)
Charles Silvern ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Police Capt. Costello (uncredited) (voice)
Frank Ventgen ...
Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joseph Sargent

Written by

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John Godey ... (novel)
 
Peter Stone ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Gabriel Katzka ... producer
Stephen F. Kesten ... associate producer
Edgar J. Scherick ... producer

Music by

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David Shire

Cinematography by

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Owen Roizman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Gerald B. Greenberg ... (as Gerald Greenberg)
Robert Q. Lovett

Editorial Department

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Jay Dranch ... apprentice editor
Cynthia Scheider ... assistant editor
Maurice Schell ... assistant editor
Michael Kirchberger ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Alixe Gordin

Art Direction by

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Gene Rudolf

Set Decoration by

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Herbert F. Mulligan ... (as Herb Mulligan)

Costume Design by

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Anna Hill Johnstone

Makeup Department

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Irving Buchman ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Michael Haley ... second assistant director (as Mike Haley)
Burtt Harris ... second unit director
Sal Scoppa Jr. ... second assistant director (as Sal Scoppa)
Peter R. Scoppa ... assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)

Art Department

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Joseph M. Caracciolo ... property master (as Joe Caracciola)
John Gilliar ... set dresser (as Bud Gilliar)
Harry Lynott ... head carpenter
Bruno Robotti ... scenic artist
Walter Way ... construction grip

Sound Department

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Stan Bochner ... assistant sound editor (as Stanley Bochner)
Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
Al Gramaglia ... sound re-recordist
Marc Laub ... sound editor (as Mark M. Laub)
David Moshlak ... sound recordist
Christopher Newman ... sound mixer (as Chris Newman)
Sanford Rackow ... sound editor
David Ray ... assistant sound editor
Pat Suraci ... boom operator
Stephen Fitzstephens ... foley artist (uncredited)
Maurice Schell ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bill Barber ... stunt driver
Joie Chitwood Jr. ... stunt coordinator / stunt driver
Tim Chitwood ... stunt driver
Daniel Dod ... stunt driver (as Danny Dod)
Tim Heck ... stunt driver
Carey Loftin ... motorcycle stunts / stunt driver
Harry Madsen ... stunt driver
Paul Nuckles ... stunt driver
Rick Seaman ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dick Mingalone ... camera operator
Gary Muller ... assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. ... assistant camera
Jack Priestley ... camera operator: second unit
Ed Quinn ... grip
Dusty Wallace ... gaffer
Robert Ward ... grip (as Bob Ward)
Josh Weiner ... still photographer
Vinnie Gerardo ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Vic Ramos ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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George Newman ... wardrobe master

Location Management

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Robert F. Kocourek ... location auditor

Music Department

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Erma E. Levin ... music editor (as Erma Levin)
Bob Bornstein ... music copyist (uncredited)
Larry Bunker ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Alf Clausen ... music copyist (uncredited)
Milt Holland ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Shelly Manne ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
David Shire ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... music engineer (uncredited) / music mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Patrick Burns ... production aide
Mark Canton ... production aide
Barbara De Fina ... production office coordinator (as Barbara DaFina)
Raymond Hartwick ... teamster captain (as Ray Hartwick)
Richard Hinds ... production aide
Nancy Hopton ... script supervisor (as Nancy Tonery)
Gaetano Lisi ... production aide
Harvey Portee ... production aide
Sheldon Roskin ... unit publicist
Jonathan Sarno ... production aide
Connie Schoenberg ... production office coordinator
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Plot Summary

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 their side is the disparate nature of the four hijackers, including methodical and unbending Blue, trigger happy Grey, and also under the weather Green, who may pass out before the caper has concluded. What Garber does know is that there is a plain clothes NYPD officer among the eighteen hostages. What Garber has to try and figure out is how the four hijackers can possibly get away, as they are in a tunnel and have to remain with the train since it has a dead-man mechanism which requires a motorman at the controls at all times. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Before this train reaches the next station it will become the scene of the most spectacular hijack ever attempted See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pelham (United States)
  • El tomar de Pelham uno dos tres (United States, Spanish title)
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (United States)
  • Panic on the Subway Express (Egypt, English title)
  • Pelham 1-2-3 (Europe, English title)
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  • 104 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Since the film's release, no #6 train has ever been scheduled to leave Pelham Bay Park Station at either 13:23 or 01:23 by the New York City Transit Authority. This was the practice for many years until the policy was discontinued. Trains are still not scheduled to leave the Pelham Bay Park Station at either 1.23 am or pm. See more »
Goofs When the money is being raced uptown, the motorcycle escort does not race ahead to clear intersections. When time is of the essence, this is standard procedure. The city had plenty of time to make sure the route was fully secure before the money ever left The Federal Reserve Bank. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Superman III (1983). See more »
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 »
Quotes Lt. Garber: [looking for the inspector] Inspector Daniels?
Inspector Daniels: [identifying himself] Daniels.
Lt. Garber: [realizing inspector Daniels is black] Oh, I, uh, thought you were, uh, like a shorter guy or... I don't know what I thought.
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