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Movie: Taking of Pelham One Two Three Walter Matthau Robert Shaw
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Movie: Taking of Pelham One Two Three Walter Matthau Robert Shaw Misc Producers MGM908375 027616837523
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An all star cast including Robert Shaw (Jaws) and Oscar winners Walter Matthau and Martin Balsam, delivers "sure-fire entertainment [that's] gripping and exciting from beginning to end." (The Hollywood Reporter). Based on the sizzling bestseller by John Godey, this pulse-pounding movie is guaranteed to give you the ride of your life!

Somewhere underground in New York's subway system, just outside the Pelham Station, a gang of armed men hijack a train, threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands are met. Forced to stall these unknown assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue is attempted, transit chief Lt. Garber (Matthau) must ad-lib, bully, con and shrewdly outmanuever one of the craftiest and cruelist villains (Shaw) in a battle of wits that will end either heroically or tragically. Rated R.

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DVD Item#:MGM908375
Runtime:2 Hours, 04 Mins ($0.11/min)
Producer:Misc Producers
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:027616837523
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:1 US & Canada NTSC
Movie: Taking of Pelham One Two Three Walter Matthau Robert Shaw
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2009-04-07 17:42:03.

People who found this review helpful: 6

  •  4 of 5

As a New Yorker, this is my FAVORITE New York Movie. And we sure know there are lots and lots of them! Since it's a movie, I won't give away too much. A 1975-era New York City IRT Subway train is hijacked by a band of criminals demanding a million dollars for the return of one-subway cars' passengers. There's so much going on at once here - a hijacking during rush hour, car chases, the search for ex-motormen, one of whom is among the hijackers, and the visit to NYCTA headquarters by dignitaries from the Tokyo Rapid Transit Authority. There's both heavy drama, comedy and some sadness rolled into one, which really makes for a moving film. There's some dramatic scenes at the end when the single subway car speeds through the tunnel until it finally comes to a dead stop. And the ending with Walter Matthau is a true classic!

Additional remarks by Jeffrey Ornstein:
Narration: There was no narration.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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