The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Joseph Sargent (1974)

15 Certificate
Mon 25 Nov 11:40pm - 1:50am TCM Movies


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Gerald Greenberg and Robert Q Lovett are the "stars" of this tough and compelling thriller about the hijacking of a New York subway train. As the film's editors, their superb sense of rhythm and pace brings real tension to the radio exchanges between villain Robert Shaw and transport cop Walter Matthau, who tries to prevent Shaw and his gang from killing hostages while waiting for the payment of a $1 million ransom. Frankly, the motley collection of clichéd passengers doesn't deserve to be rescued, but, fortunately, director Joseph Sargent keeps the focus firmly on his leads. Shaw is admirably fanatical, and the world-weary, wisecracking Matthau is magnificent.


A ruthless criminal and his gang hijack a crowded New York subway train and demand a $1million ransom, threatening to shoot a passenger every minute after the deadline expires. As the deadline looms, a transit police detective struggles to cut through City Hall red tape and negotiate the safe release of the innocent people on board. Thriller, starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman and James Broderick.

Cast & Crew

Lt Zachary Garber Walter Matthau
Blue Robert Shaw
Green Martin Balsam
Grey Hector Elizondo
Brown Earl Hindman
Denny Doyle James Broderick
Frank Correll Dick O'Neill
Mayor Lee Wallace
Lt Rico Patrone Jerry Stiller
Caz Dolowicz Tom Pedi
Director Joseph Sargent
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Edited for some of its language and violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray