The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is one of the best executed movie ever made. This movie was ahead of it's time.
The story and it's execution was near to perfection. It was 1hr 47min movie and I didn't felt bored for 1 second. The acting was good. All lead roles and supporting roles got proper screen time and after some time you get familiar with these characters. The pacing and editing was spot on. I sounds impossible, but I was not able to find any negetive in this movie. Even if there was any, it got overshadowed by the the beautiness of the story and it's execution.
Overall, I will recommend this to everyone. This movie must in everyone's watchlist.
One of the best heist films ever made. It follows Morton Freedgood's book very closely while the difference is that it has a social satire of New York. Another thing remarkable is Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw as the hero and villain. Their acting is tremendous like always. The humour is pretty good it isn't laugh-out-loud funny, it more like laughing on the inside type of humour. Jerry Stiller make a good small role as well.
The original Taking of Pelham One Two Three is better than the Travolta-Washington remake because of its ability to find tension and thrills without too much bloodshed. In other words, it relies on its script and atmosphere rather than pervasive f-words and heavy gore.
Outstanding thriller with an entertaining blend of suspense and humor with dynamic performances Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Four armed men hijack a New York City subway train and demand $1 million dollars which must be delivered in 1 hour for the train and the lives of the passengers held hostage. Lt. Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) of the New York City Transit Police must contend with City Hall, the demands of the hijackers, and the ticking clock in his efforts to save the passengers and bring the hijackers to justice. The initial hijacking plan doesn't seem to make any sense because their options are so limited. At one point Lt. Garber jokingly says: "They're gonna get away by asking every man, woman and child in New York City to close their eyes and count to a hundred." But there is a clever getaway plan coordinated by Mr. Blue (Robert Shaw), who plays a former mercenary soldier. His team members include two professional criminals and a fired motorman (Martin Balsam) with a grudge. It's the performances and chemistry between Matthau and Shaw, and fine supporting performances that makes this film work. We are drawn in by skillful character development, allow personalities to take shape, giving this thriller charisma and a vitality all of it's own.
The great cast and superior screenplay elevate the otherwise unremarkable cinematography and production quality as we observe both sides of an ever escalating tense hostage situation. It's tough to find originality in this genre but this film really sets the bar for the films that followed it.
"The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three" is a 1974 action thriller starring Walter Mathau and Robert Shaw. The movie was directed by Joseph Sargent and it tells the story of a man (Shaw) who, with some other gunmen, hijack a subway train in New York City. The man is soon pitted against a railway police official (Mathau) who, with the help of others, tries to stop him. Now let me start off by saying that I actually saw the 2009 Tony Scott remake before I saw the 1974 original. Is the original better than the 2009 remake? In short - yeah, pretty much. In comparing the two movies, it seemed as though, while the 2009 remake felt more up-to-date, it's more modern approach to elements presented in the original often came off as too over-the-top. I felt that in presenting these certain elements, the 1974 version came off more subtle and pulled it off with a lot more finesse. The 1974 movie has two really impressive actors in the leading roles - Mathau and Shaw. Both of which are really, very entertaining in "Pelham", but I'd have to say that Shaw's performance shines the most in this movie. His demeanor throughout the entire movie is really hilarious. He just comes off as this soulless jerk - a soulless jerk with some pretty hilarious one-liners. That brings me to the script which, as I said, contains some pretty great one-liners not only from Shaw, but from Mathau and others. It's nothing really impressive or Oscar-worthy, but it does have a few gems in it here and there. While I, a Generation-Z kid, found this movie to be very easy to watch, it did at times have a few moments of cheese. That being said, I'm not going to knock the movie for being a little long in the tooth - but it does show sometimes. The movie was really entertaining and I can see why it was well received when it came out. I can also see the immense amount of expectations the 2009 movie had to live up to. Overall, I found "The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three" to be a fairly enjoyable crime thriller.
En général, les remakes de vieilleries s’avèrent plus mauvais, plus merdiques que les films d’origine… mais ce n’est pas toujours le cas ! car parfois, la vieillerie était (déjà) une daube à son époque… et effectivement ce métro de 1974 (d’ailleurs plein de **** de *******, on dirait notre reure à nous, putain !) se révèle très inférieur à son remake de 2009 !
On n’aurait pas cru ça et pourtant, c’est la stricte vérité, la vieille daube ne peut lutter et pourtant, oui pourtant, le remake est loin d’être un chef-d’oeuvre, entendons-nous bien…! c’est dire donc si ce film est poussif, souvent ridicule et bien peu crédible : c’est écrit avec les pieds et totalement invraisemblable de A à Z.
Dans ces pathétiques conditions, nous n’insistons pas et tirons immédiatement la sonnette d’alarme : hors de question de continuer à voyager dans un étron pareil ! (et puis en plus, c’est plein de ****** !).