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Taking Of Pelham 123, The (1971)

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.


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

Hector Elizondo
Mr Green (Harold Longman)

Martin Balsam
Mr Brown (George Steever)

Earl Hindman

John Sargent