The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Reviews

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October 3, 2018
The large, well-characterized cast is ably headed by Walter Matthau, whose wonderfully weary sense of irony is perfect.
August 27, 2018
Taps into viewers' paranoia over a decrepit, vulnerable infrastructure and then provides bitter laughs and a harrowing catharsis.
April 29, 2018
What's good about Pelham's example of the form is that the performances are allowed enough leeway so that we care about the people not the plot mechanics. And what could have been formula trash turns out to be fairly classy trash, after all.
June 10, 2009
The original version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was made 35 years ago, yet it retains a quality of cool that will remain long after people have forgotten the current version.
March 4, 2008
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a good action caper about a subway car heist under the streets of Manhattan.
March 4, 2008
Superior exercise in urban paranoia; the superb location work of director Joseph Sargent goes a long way toward tempering the artificialities of the plot.
March 30, 2017
... hasn't the credentials of Dog Day Afternoon or The French Connection but this ingenious crime caper / hostage drama is one of the great New York crime films of the 1970s.
July 12, 2016
The authenticity gained by using using real locations, coupled with a jazzy, pounding score by David Shire, gives Pelham a gritty feel that recalls Manhattan before it got Disney-fied.
July 9, 2016
This exceptional thriller is filled with colorful characters and crackling dialogue -- and always has one more surprise up its sleeve.
July 2, 2016
A work of substance and an exciting experience.
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