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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)

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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John Godey (novel), Peter Stone (earlier screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Det. Anthony Piscotti
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Mr. Blue
Donnie Wahlberg ... Mr. Grey
Richard Schiff ... Mr. Green
Lisa Vidal ... Babs Cardoza
Tara Rosling Tara Rosling ... Mr. Brown
Kenneth Welsh ... Caz Hollowitz
Lorraine Bracco ... Det. Ray
Ben Cook ... Older boy on subway
Bobby Boriello ... Younger boy on subway
Robert Young Robert Young ... Homeboy on subway (as Black Katt)
Ingrid Veninger ... Graduate student on subway
Alisa Wiegers Alisa Wiegers ... Office worker ["Shaky"]
Peter Boretski ... Old man on subway
Stuart Clow ... Jogger
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Four hijackers led by Vincent D'onofrio seize a subway train in the middle of a tunnel and hold 14 hostages for a $5 million ransom. Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco are the officers assigned to work out the release of the passengers. However, even the murder of some passengers are met with an apparent calm by everyone involved. The murder of a subway supervisor prompts everyone to shake their heads and go on about their business. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pelham 123. járat megállítása See more »

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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lisa Vidal's character's name Babs Cardoza is never mentioned or spoken of. See more »

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Real New York subway trains always have the route number or letter displayed on the front. See more »

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Version of The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) See more »

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I Miss Walter Matthau
23 March 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Keeping up with the times this 1998 remake of The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three had to change certain things and deliberately changed others. One indisputable fact was that in 1998 the New York City Transit Police had ceased being a separate entity and was now just part of the NYPD. Hence Walter Matthau's character as a Transit Cop would not have existed any longer. For this version Edward James Olmos is not only a regular NYPD detective, but he's a hostage negotiator specialist.

The change out the Transit Police was necessary, but part of what made the first version work so well was Walter Matthau being placed in a situation he wouldn't normally be dealing with. In that version in fact he's shepherding a bunch of Japanese railroad people around the Transit Authority Command Center when the hijacking occurs.

Instead of Jerry Stiller as his partner, Olmos is paired with Lorraine Bracco, certainly women by that time were doing more than administrative work in the NYPD. The mysterious head of the four hijackers is Vincent Donofrio on the other side of the law. We don't know who he is, but he certainly didn't have the air of mystery that soldier of fortune Robert Shaw did in the Seventies. In fact we never really find out anything about Donofrio.

The plot follows pretty much the story in the original version. Since it was shot in Toronto, the streets of New York where a lot of the excitement above ground as the City tries to meet the hijackers deadline is missing from this version.

Seeing Donofrio and Olmos makes me wish for Matthau and Shaw. Maybe the new version that will have Denzel Washington and John Travolta as antagonists will be better.


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