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Year
1974
Runtime
104 min.
Director
Joseph Sargent
Genres
Action, Crime, Thriller
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
17,318
Checks
4,496
Favs
328
Dislikes
12
Favs/checks
7.3% (1:14)
Favs/dislikes
27:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I don't know about the remakes, but 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three takes the procedural track to excellent effect in this thriller about a hijacked New York subway train and the transit police's attempts to get the hostages back safe, and the perps apprehended. The crime is somewhat absurd, a feeling supported by the extended cast of the film who tend not to take it seriously. I've never seen a better showcase for New York attitude, and that's where the movie really shines, and why it feels real. I had to check if I wasn't watching a "true story" (which might have explained the two remakes), but no, it's based on a book. Well, the behavioral realism wins you over. A thriller that doesn't resort to action tropes, yet still makes transit cop Walter Matthau cool as hell. 4 years 3 months ago
  2. beasterne's avatar

    beasterne

    Seeing this film on Quentin Tarantino’s list makes complete sense. Obvious that it was a huge influence on Reservoir Dogs. 5 months 1 week ago
  3. Ronet's avatar

    Ronet

    I've never been there, but from what I've gathered by reading the news and observing pop culture over the years, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 really nailed the New York aspect, thus making it feel like a timeless classic. Even the minor background characters were interesting. Not to mention the lovable Walter Matthau and Jerry Stiller who always make your day just by appearing on screen. 2 years 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #35 in Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time
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  2. This movie ranks #77 in Time Out’s The 100 Best Thrillers
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  3. This movie ranks #237 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  4. This movie ranks #368 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
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  5. This movie ranks #856 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  6. This movie ranks #874 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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