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Taking Of Pelham 123, The (1971)

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The New York subway is a hostile environment at the best of times, but it becomes lethal in Joseph Sargent’s pulsating thriller, The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3.

A gang of vicious gunmen led by ruthless Robert Shaw hijacks a subway train and holds its passengers hostage while demanding that a million dollars in cash be delivered within the hour.

Can Walter Matthau’s Transport Authority detective thwart them?

Peter Stone’s cracking screenplay, adapted from John Godey’s bestseller, swoops from black comedy – Matthau’s wry comedy acting is great fun – to heart-stopping thrills while Sargent screws the tension up to breaking point.

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Mr Blue (Bernard Ryder)
Robert Shaw
Mr Gray (Joe Welcome)

Hector Elizondo
Mr Green (Harold Longman)

Martin Balsam
Mr Brown (George Steever)

Earl Hindman

Director
John Sargent

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