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some people say 70s movies were too bleak. I say.. the70s were the best time to make stories..so far. this particular movie has a type of big city grittiness so present.. you could cut it in mid air with the knife of a chef ..put it on a plate and taste it with fine wine. this could be considered a relation to film noir. the attitude..the humor..the mannerisms ..may not be the dream of every movie watcher..but the attempt at presenting ..a different brand of product..is strangely noble. similar to some movies in a way ..yet different..it still has an impact. originality does not promise satisfaction. it only has the honor of being criticized first.
Masterpiece ! Great Script and Acting - Real !
- DON RILEY
I don't really know where to start. The script is absolutely "wonderful" ! Line after line after line all "classic". One of the truly great film that captures New York City and its inhabitants. The acting is super the location shooting is as good as could be possible. This is an absolute Five Star Masterpiece. Hector Elizondo (sp?) creates one of the truly memorable characters in any film. The others Robert Shaw and company all create characters that are unforgettable.
wonderful, wow, gonzo great and touch-it real
- New Mexican
A personal note: I had just moved to NYC the year before and took the Pelham line to work most days. This film came out and I was amazed: it said it all. Here was life in action/action in life. I could almost feel the throb. There was something about how tangible the whole thing was that transcended the details of story, including any plot improbabilities. And it had/has the unique New York City tumbled together mix of fear, raw edges, matter-of-factness, and humor.At the time my concern was that my mother, off in the Rocky Mountains, might see the film (she loved Walter Matthau) and I would never hear the last of it. Well, she saw it, called and delivered one of her homilies on being careful. Her wrap-up was: "That place is as dangerous as I thought, but now I see why you like it. It's exciting!"
- Jeff Boston
God is mentioned a lot in this movie, but not after someone sneezes.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
If made poorly, this hostage thriller could've been dismissed as trash. Matthau is a traffic cop who tries to answer Shaw's demand of one million dollars within an hour or hostages in a taken train will die every minute. To viewers hesitant to the trashy-sounding plot, give it a chance; the films greatest achievement is creating an authentic New York City with it's grittiness and well-developer characters. Engaging, tense, and even funny, this is an exceptional, twisted thriller. I give it a 4/5.
a. great film
A little known gem. Much better than the remake. Matthau is fabulous. You can almost smell the city.
- MTA MAN
All star cast. Incredible story. Great ending. And it's probably the most accurate depiction of New Yorkers ever!!! With that said... it also might be the most politically incorrect movie of the 50 years. Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Asians, Gays, Women... you name it... everyone gets roasted in this great caper movie that SHOULD'VE NEVER been re-made.
New York City Subway captured on film!
- Lucille Oka
This movie is by far the most accurate representation of the New York City subways to date. Not the hijacking, but the look, the sound, and the feeling of it. The music is superb and feels like the train and its movements. The cast is so New York and believable. If ever you want to see a perfect film this is it. It has comedy and drama in the perfect amounts. The ending is great with Walter and the music! The movie is so good it is hard to duplicate. There have been several tries but nothing can top this one.
Better Left Alone Than Remade
- jay edwards
Best Action Movie Theme Music
- Teddy Kaye
The movie is very good. Robert Shaw as the villain is the best. The first two minutes of the movie is the best action movie theme music I've ever heard. From the first three notes, it conveys action and excitement. Credit David Shire who went on to win an Oscar for Norma Rae.
This is one of the best action packed movies I ever saw as a kid. I loved this movie so much. Robert Shaw and Walter Matthau were GREAT in this movie. Highly recommend seeing this!